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  • Jeremy Irons

    Born on September 19, 1948 in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

awards & nominations

The Borgias (2011)

Jeremy Irons as "Rodrigo Borgia"

The Borgias, led by patriarch Rodrigo, are a family of outsiders from Spain who try to take over control of Renaissance-era Italy. Through the use of bribery, extortion and torture, Rodrigo rises up the ranks to become pope. Two of Rodrigo's children are used as pawns by being married off to members of rival families at a young age. Vanozza, Rodrigo's long-time mistress and mother of his children, and Giulia Farnese battle for the elder Borgia's affections. The story of the Borgias has inspired such works as Machiavelli's political treatise "The Prince" and Mario Puzo's "The Godfather."

Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)

Jeremy Irons as "Alfred Stieglitz"

A working relationship between artist Georgia O'Keeffe (Joan Allen) and photographer Alfred Stieglitz (Jeremy Irons) leads to love and marriage.

Golden Globe (2010) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Jeremy Irons as "Claus von Bülow"

When socialite Sunny von Bülow (Glenn Close) inexplicably slips into an irreversible coma, police suspect foul play -- and the obvious suspect is her urbane husband, Claus (Jeremy Irons). After being found guilty of murder, Claus is granted a retrial and hires showboat Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to represent him. Though unconvinced of Claus's innocence, Dershowitz enjoys a challenge and -- along with a group of his students -- fights to have the verdict overturned.

Academy Award (1990) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (1990) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Mission (1986)

Jeremy Irons as "Gabriel"

Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

Golden Globe (1986) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Brideshead Revisited (1981)

A young painter becomes involved with an eccentric aristocratic family.

Golden Globe (1983) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981) Nominated Actor

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

Jeremy Irons as "Charles Henry Smithson/Mike"

In this story-within-a-story, Anna (Meryl Streep) is an actress starring opposite Mike (Jeremy Irons) in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981) Nominated Actor

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