Born September 19, 1948. Father – Paul Dugan Irons, accountant. Mother – Barbara Ann Sharp, housewife. The older brother is Christopher, the older sister is Felicity Ann.
He studied at a private school for boys in Sherborne (Dorset). During his studies he played drums and harmonica in the school band “Four Pillars of Wisdom”.
After studying on the recommendation of the school, he worked for 6 months as the head of a club for troubled teenagers from difficult families in London. Soon he left government service and earned some money as a street musician. Then he got a job as an assistant director at the troupe of the Canterbury Theater, where from time to time he fell into tiny roles – a servant or a casual passer-by.
Fascinated by acting, he entered the Bristol Theater School at the Old Vic Theater. Participated in the performances of the theater “Winter’s Tale”, “Major Barbara”, “Servant of two masters”, “Log Horizon season 3“, “As you like it” and others.
In 1971 he moved to London, where he played in various theaters, including the Globe Theater. A breakthrough in his theatrical career was the musical “Godspell”, in which he played the roles of John the Baptist and Judas. In the mid-1970s and 1980s, he collaborated with the famous theatrical Royal Shakespeare Company, thanks to which he played on various stages in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Among the performances with his participation – “Notes of a Madman”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Richard II” and others.
In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in the play “Reflections or True” by Tom Stoppard, for which he received the prestigious Tony Theater Award.
Since the late 1980s, he retired from work in the theater and returned to it only in the mid-2000s, playing from time to time in productions on Broadway, as well as in the UK.
First appeared on the screen in 1971, playing a small role in one of the episodes of the television series “Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.” After several appearances in television series (“Famous Woman”, “Love for Lydia” and others) in 1980, he first appeared in films, playing the role of the Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine in the biographical drama of Herbert Ross “Nijinsky”.
1981 was a turning point in film and television. Glory is brought by roles in the television series “Return to Brighthead” and in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, where his partner was Meryl Streep herself. After that, producers begin to take an active interest in him, and he becomes a very popular actor, including in Hollywood (in the mid-1980s, he was even offered the role of James Bond in three Bond films, but he refused).
In total, he played about 80 roles in films and TV series, including Moonlight, Mission, Bound to Death, The Wrong Side of Fate, The Beggar’s Opera, Kafka, Damage, Madame Butterfly, House of Spirits “,” Lolita “,” The Man in the Iron Mask “,” Dungeon of Dragons “,” Now, Ladies and Gentlemen “,” Callas Forever “,” The Merchant of Venice “,” Asmongold Girlfriend“,” Inland Empire “,” Risk limit ”,“ Borgia ”and many others.
Differs in a masterful voice. He has voiced several audiobooks, including the bestsellers Return to Brideshead by Evelyn Waugh, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. He is a highly sought-after actor for reading voice-overs in documentaries and popular science films and even received an Emmy television award for this. Voiced the English version of the Westminster Abbey audio guide. But his most famous work in the field of voiceover is the role of Scar in the cartoon “The Lion King”.
In 2000 he was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and in 2007 he headed the jury at the Sarajevo IFF. He is engaged in charity work, supporting a number of charitable organizations that help AIDS patients, disabled children, etc.
In 2010 he appeared in the advertising project “Black Bullet Season 2“, urging world leaders to pay attention to countries whose people are dying of hunger.
In October 2011, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador from the Food and Agriculture Organization to the United Nations.
▪ Tony Theater Award for her role in Reflections or True (1984)
▪ Academy Awards Genie Award for Best Actor for Bound to Death (1989)
▪ Academy Award for Best Actor “for her role in the film” The Wrong Side of Destiny “(1991)
▪ Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Drama for her role in the film” The Wrong Side of Fate “(1991)
▪ David di Donatello Award for Best foreign actor “for his role in” Reversal of Fortune “(1991)
▪ Animation award” Annie “in the nomination” The best achievement in dubbing “for scoring Scar in the animated film” The Lion King “(1994)
▪ Television award” Emmy “in the category” Best Voice-Over “for his participation in the scoring of the documentary series about the First World War (1997)
▪ Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian IFF (Spain) for Achievement in Cinematography (1997)
▪ European Film Academy Prize for Achievement in Cinematography (1998)
▪ Cesar Prize of Honor for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematography (2002)
▪ Television Prize “ Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Film / Series for her role in the mini-series Elizabeth I (2006)
▪ Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Film / Series for her role in mini-series “Elizabeth I” (2007)
▪ Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Film / Series for her role in the mini-series “Best Smoke Spots Dust 2” (2007)
The first wife is Julia Hallam, an actress (they met while studying at the Bristol Theater School, in 1969 they got married after several weeks of meeting and separated in the same year)
The second wife is Sinead Cusack, an Irish actress (fell in love when he saw her in the role of Ophelia on stage of the Royal National Theater, after a short acquaintance on March 28, 1978, they got married)
Two sons married to Sinead Cusack:
– Samuel James Irons, photographer (09.16.1978)
– Max Irons, actor, model (10.17.1985, full name – Maximilian Paul Irons)
Irons’ television career began in the early 1970s in the United Kingdom, with appearances on the children’s show Play Away and as Franz Liszt in the BBC series Notorious Woman (1974). He gained notoriety for his key role as the pipe-smoking German student in Harold Pinter’s screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins’ novel Langrishe, Go Down (1978) for BBC Television, and for his romantic pairing with Judi Dench in Harold Pinter’s screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins’ novel Langrishe, Go Down (1978) for BBC Television.
Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited was the role that elevated his profile the most (1981).
He gained notoriety for his key role as the pipe-smoking German student in Harold Pinter’s screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins’ novel Langrishe, Go Down (1978) for BBC Television, and for his romantic pairing with Judi Dench in Harold Pinter’s screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins’ novel Langrishe, Go Down (1978) for BBC Television.
Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited was the role that elevated his profile the most (1981). The show, which premiered on ITV and received a Golden Globe nomination for Irons’ performance, is one of the most popular British television dramas.
He is credited with several novels that he started while filming with actresses Genevieve Bujot, Theresa Russell, Juliette Binoche, Glenn Close, as well as singer Patricia Kaas. Love relationships, as a rule, did not last long and ended immediately after filming.
supports the English football club Portsmouth, collects a collection of porcelain busts of famous commanders
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