Jude Law

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Jude Law (born 27.12.1972)

Jude Law is an award winning English actor who began his career on the stage, before progressing to television and film to become one of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood, with roles in The Talented Mr Ripley, Alfie, and My Blueberry Nights.

Jude Law: Childhood

Jude Law was born David Jude Law in Lewisham in South East London, the second child of Peter and Maggie. Jude was named him after the song Hey Jude by The Beatles and the central character in Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude the Obscure. Jude's parents were both teachers and now run a theatre company in France. Jude's sister, Natasha, is a London based artist.

Jude Law was raised in Blackheath and attended the local primary school where, aged six, he discovered his love of acting whilst performing in a school play. Following a spell at the local comprehensive school in nearby Kidbrooke, Jude went to Alleyn's School, an independent school in Dulwich.

By the time Jude was twelve he'd joined the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre which would propel him into the world of theatre and television. Jude's television debut was in a musical production of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester and at seventeen he left school to appear in the Granada soap opera, Families.

Jude Law: Acting Career

Law's first main stage roles were in The Fastest Clock In The Universe, and the West End production of Indiscretions, which he later performed on Broadway alongside Kathleen Turner. Law received the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Jude regularly returned to the stage throughout his film career.

Law secured his first major full length film role in Shopping (1994), co-starring Sadie Frost. Jude Law's profile rose further with the release of Wilde (1997), starring Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde. Law played Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas and won the Most Promising Newcomer Award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Jude Law subsequently moved to Hollywood where he landed a role in Gattaca (1997) starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, before being cast alongside Kevin Spacey in Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Law's next breakthrough role was in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) with Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, for which Law was nominated an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Jude Law continued to gain roles in Hollywood blockbusters, appearing in Enemy at the Gates (2001), Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001), and Road to Perdition (2002), culminating in another Academy Award nomination for Cold Mountain in 2004.

Although the remake of Alfie (2004) was a box office flop, Jude Law's performance in the lead role - played by Michael Caine in the original film - made him a household name. Law followed this with a cameo appearance in The Aviator (2004) and as a narrator in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). In 2006 Law starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black in The Holiday, and in 2007 appeared in My Blueberry Nights with musician Norah Jones. That year, Jude also turned his hand to producing, with the film Sleuth in which he stars opposite Michael Caine.

Jude Law: Personal life

Jude Law and the actor Sadie Frost met on the set of Shopping in 1993, and married in 1997. They have four children: Finlay Munro (stepson of Law), son Rafferty, daughter Iris, and son Rudy. Law and Frost divorced in 2003, citing work pressures. Law later had a two-year relationship with actor Sienna Miller, which ended in 2006.

In 2004, The People magazine named Jude Law the Sexiest Man Alive. Law became the face of the new male perfume from Dior in 2008.

Law also runs the production company Natural Nylon with Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and Sadie Frost.

Jude is involved in a wide variety of charity work and in 2007 contributed to The Day After Peace, a film set in Afghanistan, in recognition of International Peace Day.

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2nd April 2014 -

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2nd April 2014 -

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1st April 2014 -

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6th March 2014 -

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Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom are packed with amazing detail and terrific characters, but this movie is on another...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

4th March 2014 -

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The cast and crew of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' discuss the story, the main characters' relationship and the duties of the concierge in the latest featurettes for the movie.'Messiur Gustave is very precise. He is...

Grand Budapest Hotel

6th February 2014 -

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Gustave may be aloof and snobbish in many ways, but he's also extremely charming with a good heart and a titanic personality. As result he makes for a highly popular concierge at the Grand Budapest...

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31st January 2014 -

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Sienna Miller has testified in the phone hacking trial brought against NOTW's former editor Rebekah Brooks and others. Appearing via videolink this afternoon, the actress said that it was "likely" that she had left a...

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29th January 2014 -

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Sienna Miller opened up about her personal life and her film career in this month’s Esquire and the result is unexpectedly candid. The actress admits that her off-set behaviour and turbulent love life “sabotaged” her...

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27th January 2014 -

 News

Jude Law today learned for the first time that his own relatives sold salacious stories about his personal relationship with actress Sienna Miller to the British tabloid News of the World. In the midst of...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

6th January 2014 -

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

23rd December 2013 -

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Gustave H is a charismatic and over-friendly concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose conduct has been far from professional over the course of his career, regularly engaging in one night stands with his deeply...

Dom Hemingway

11th December 2013 -

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Dom Hemingway is a rather adept safecracker with serious anger issues and an addiction to drinking, women and partying. Having just completed a draining 12-year stint in prison, he's desperate to make up for lost...

Jude Law as 'Henry V' is (Probably) The Best Acting Performance of 2013

5th December 2013 -

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The latest stage version of William Shakespeare's historic epic Henry V is currently playing to packed-out audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre on London's West End, with critics being particularly taken by lead man Jude...

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4th December 2013 -

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Jude Law is famously rather inconsistent on the big screen – his performances have both delighted and infuriated people, from Enemy at The Gates, to Contagion and Dom Hemingway. But he seems to have found...

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15th November 2013 -

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15th November 2013 -

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The big event this week was the world premiere on Monday night of the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire, with the entire cast on the red carpet in Leicester Square. Early word on the...

UK Movie Reviews Special: Dom Hemingway, The Butler, Don Jon, The Counsellor

14th November 2013 -

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Dom Hemingway

14th November 2013 -

 Movie Review

Definitely a film of two halves, this crime comedy kicks off with a spark of witty energy as the title character blusters his way through a series of events with hilariously profane rants. Then the...

Lynne Ramsay Sued By Movie Bosses After Ditching Natalie Portman Western

7th November 2013 -

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Lynne Ramsay is being taken to court by the producers of the oft-troubled Western Jane Got Her Gun, starring (supposedly at least) Natalie Portman. Ramsay walked out on the project a day before shooting was...

A Week In Movies: Meryl Streep Takes Action! Daniel Radcliffe Runs! And We Get New Trailers For X-Men, Budapest Hotel And More

1st November 2013 -

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

31st October 2013 -

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29th October 2013 -

 News

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Jude Law, Richard E. Grant and Emilia Clarke Talk About Their Dom Hemingway Roles [Video]

1st October 2013 -

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In Dom Hemingway, Jude Law plays a man bent on getting his just deserves. Having spent 12 years in prison, keeping his mouth shut like a good boy and eating his porridge, he’s back on...

Jude Law Compares Dom Hemingway To Shakespeare's Falstaff At Toronto International Film Festival

1st October 2013 -

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Jude Law talks about his new film 'Dom Hemingway', in which he plays the criminal title character, in a red carpet interview at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.'He's got the most extraordinary, poetic and...

A Week In Movies: Awards Buzz Continues To Build, Hemsworth Hits New York, Divergent Teases

27th September 2013 -

 News

Awards season is cranking up a notch as some attention-grabbing performances land in cinemas. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting praise for their gritty work in the unnerving thriller Prisoners, now showing in both...

A Week In News: Breaking Bad Wins Emmy, Miley Cyrus in Rolling Stone, MIA Takes on NFL.

25th September 2013 -

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About Time: It was Breaking Bad's evening at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 22, 2013). The ABC cable series - about a chemistry teacher who turns to a life...

'Dom Hemingway' Could Be Jude Law's Tour-de-Force [Trailer + Pictures]

25th September 2013 -

 News

Jude Law. He's a bankable movie star. He's also a well-respected movie star, with two Academy Award nominations and a BAFTA. The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition and Sherlock Holmes form his...

Dom Hemingway

25th September 2013 -

 Video

Dom Hemingway has recently completed a 12-year stint in prison for his criminal exploits as a talented safecracker but, needless to say, he is anything but reformed. On his release, he meets up with his...

Could Jude Law's Dom Hemingway Be THE Performance of 2013?

24th September 2013 -

 News

The Oscars race for best actor may well be a three way fight between Chiwatel Ejiofor, Robert Redford and Matthew McConaughey, though the performance of Jude Law as British gangster Dom Hemingway is making waves...

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kathy32

jude law I think you are hot great acter wish i would see you more in movies don't give it up ....

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dolorescraeg

can you get us some information on jude's daily filming in london? the film is "breaking and entering". perhaps some photos as well. thanks dolores

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