Jeremy Irons is an award winning British actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many West End theatre productions including The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Godspell, Richard II and Embers. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.
In the early 80s, he gained international attention with his starring role in the Granada Television serial adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited (1981), after which he was much in demand as a romantic leading man. He went on to a steady film career.
Once described as ‘the thinking woman’s pin up’, he has made his name in thought provoking films such as David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988), for which he won the New York Critics Best Actor Award. He gained a Golden Globe Award in addition to an Oscar for Best Actor in 1990 for his role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) alongside Glenn Close. He lent his voice to play the animated character of Scar in the 1994 Disney animation The Lion King.
Other roles include the evil wizard Profion in the film Dungeons and Dragons (2000) and Rupert Gould in Longitude (2000). He played the Über-Morlock in the film The Time Machine (2002). In 2004, Irons played Severus Snape in Comic Relief’s Harry Potter parody, Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan. In 2005, he appeared in the films Casanova opposite Heath Ledger, and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. He has co-starred with John Malkovich in two films; The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Eragon (2006).
In 2008, Irons co-starred with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa, directed by Harris. In 2011, Irons appeared alongside Kevin Spacey in the thriller Margin Call. Irons recently played Alfred Pennyworth in Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).