Jonathan Pryce is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor, known for his outstanding performances on both stage and screen. From his seminal theatre performances in Hamlet and Miss Saigon to film roles in Carrington and Pirates Of The Caribbean, Pryce has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.
In addition to his role as Victorian Doctor Dalrymple in Hysteria, in 2012 Pryce will be seen as the President of the United States in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and in the upcoming thriller Dreck.
Pryce studied at Rada (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and upon graduating, joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company for an 18-month season, followed by a season at the Nottingham Playhouse under the direction of Richard Eyre. He then returned to the Everyman for a season as Artistic Director.
An illustrious career of theatre credits has followed. In 1975, Pryce starred in Trevor Griffiths' Comedians, directed by Richard Eyre at The Old Vic, and then took that role to New York, directed by Mike Nichols, where he won his first Tony® Award. A season with the Royal Shakespeare Company came next, with lead roles in The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra and Measure for Measure, and in 1980, Pryce won an Olivier Award for his highly acclaimed Hamlet, directed by Richard Eyre, at the Royal Court. Subsequent theatre credits include Tally's Folly at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; playing 'The Fool' in Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Broadway; The Doctor and the Devils, directed by Freddie Francis; The Seagull, opposite Vanessa Redgrave;
Macbeth at the RSC; and Uncle Vanya, directed by Michael Blakemore.
In 1989, Pryce created the role of 'The Engineer' in the musical Miss Saigon, for which he was awarded the Tony®, Drama Desk, Olivier and Outer Circle Critics awards for Best Actor in a Musical, and other musical starring roles have since followed in Oliver! and My Fair Lady in London and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Broadway.
Pryce's recent theatre credits include The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? at the Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre, which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor at the Olivier Awards; Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by James MacDonald; Dimetos at The Donmar Warehouse; and a landmark performance as Davies in The Caretaker, which played initially at the Liverpool Playhouse before transferring to the West End in 2010.
Pryce's achievements on stage have been mirrored by his success on screen. His early film credits include Stuart Rosenburg's Voyage Of The Damned, Brian Gibson's Breaking Glass, for which he won Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, Jack Clayton's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Terry Gilliam's award-winning Brazil, which was to be followed later by two other collaborations with Gilliam: The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and The Brothers Grimm.
Other film credits include The Ploughman's Lunch, Man On Fire, Consuming Passions, Jumpin' Jack Flash, The Age Of Innocence and Glengarry Glen Ross, and in 1995 Pryce starred in Christopher Hampton's Carrington, which brought him Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Evening Standard Awards and a BAFTA Award nomination. A starring role alongside Madonna in Evita followed, as well as a memorable turn as a James Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies, and roles in Ronin and Stigmata.
Pryce's recent film work includes: Bedtime Stories, directed by Adam Shankman; G.I.Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers; Echelon Conspiracy starring Shane West and Edward Burns; My Zinc Bed (TV movie), directed by Anthony Page; Leatherheads, directed George Clooney; De-Lovely, directed by Irwin Walker; What A Girl Wants, directed by Irwin Winkler; and The Affair Of The Necklace, directed by Charles Shyer. Pryce is also known to millions for his role as Governor Weatherby Swann in the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest And At World's End.
Pryce's television work includes: Barbaraians at the Gate (for which he received Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations), the lead roles of Wallace in the BBC TV film The Man from the Pru and Gerd Heidemann in the four-part telefilm Selling Hitler; starring in Great Moments in Aviation for BBC Films, directed by Beeban Kidron; playing Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street Irregulars, directed by Julian Kemp for RDF Media; and the lead role in Thicker Than Water for BBC TV. Most recently, Pryce played Mr Buxton in Cranford: Return to Cranford, for which he received an Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Drama.
In recognition of his many achievements in film, television and theatre Pryce was awarded an honorary doctorate from Liverpool University in 2006, and in 2009 he was awarded the C.B.E in the Queen's Birthday Honours.