Elegant and handsome, British performing artist, Jeremy Irons, was born in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, which is a little island off the south shoreline of England. Jeremy is the child of Paul Dugan Irons, a bookkeeper, and Barbara Anne Brereton Brymer. He has a sister, Felicity Anne, and a brother, Christopher. They are both elder to him.
He married on-screen actress Sinead Cusack. He had appeared with Sinead in ‘Waterland’ (1992) and in the Royal Shakespeare Company plays. He has two sons, Samuel Irons and Max Irons. Max is an actor, and Samuel does photography along with acting.
When Jeremy was 13 years old, he went to Sherborne School in Dorset, and there he was delighted as he could take after his most cherished sport of horse-riding. He was also a part of the school band, the Four Pillars of Wisdom. He played the harmonica and drums in the band. Before turning into a performing artist, Jeremy had considered the profession of a veterinarian specialist.
He went to the Bristol Old Vic, which was a theatre school. After that, he enrolled himself in Bristol Old Vic repertoire organization, where he increased his experience by working in many shows that ranged from the genres of contemporary to Shakespeare. His debut was in the play, ‘The Winter's Tale’, in 1969.
In 1971, Jeremy shifted to London and had various odd occupations before getting the part of John. The role was in the hit musical drama, ‘Godspell’. He went ahead to have a successful, early profession in the West End arena. He has done approximately 30 plays. Some of them are ‘
Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Godspell’, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘
Macbeth’, ‘Embers’, and ‘Richard II’. Jeremy was also fortunate in Television. In 1980, he debuted in the on-screen production, ‘Nijinsky’. He increased global consideration with his featuring part in the Granada TV adjustment of the fantastic novel by the name ‘Brideshead Revisited’. From then on, there was no turning back for Jeremy. His career moved on to be a steady one. He appeared on Broadway in ‘The Real Thing’.
He has acted in over 50 films. Some of the movies that he performed in are ‘Reversal of Fortune’, ‘Kafka’, ‘Damage’, ‘M. Butterfly’, ‘The House of the Spirits’, ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’, ‘Stealing Beauty’, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’, ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘Eragon’. In 1989, he showed up with son, Samuel and Cyril Cusack, who is Sinead's father, in the film ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’.
He is also known for his mesmerizing voice and occasionally lends his voice in various platforms. In 1994, he gave voice to the character Scar in the most famous, animated cartoon, ‘The Lion King’ by Disney. For this contribution, he won the Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting. Also, he was nominated for MTV Film Award for the Best Villain.
Jeremy has won over 26 awards and had more than 20 nominations. Some of the prominent ones are listed below. In 1984, he won a Tony for the Best Actor in the play, ‘The Real Thing’. He won the NY Critics Award for Best Actor, for his role in David Cronenberg's movie, ‘Dead Ringers’ (1988). In 1990, he received a Golden Globe Award for his part in ‘Reversal of Fortune’ as Claus von Bulow. He also got an Oscar for Best Actor for the same. Among his numerous accomplishments, his part as Professor Higgins, in the acclaimed musical, ‘My Fair Lady’, shows his strength as an actor.
Recently, he appeared in the movie ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. He played the role of Alfred, who is Batman's loyal butler. His ongoing works include ‘Assassin's Creed’, which is in the process of filming, and ‘
The Man Who Knew Infinity’, which has released recently.