Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe, 27.07.1977)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor popular for playing tyrannical King Henry VIII in 'The Tudors'.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Childhood
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born in Dublin, Ireland His parents are Mary Geraldine and John O'Keeffe, a musician but they separated when he was three.
He was raised in a Roman Catholic household.
He attended North Monastery School but was expelled at age 16 for truancy.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Acting career
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was encouraged to pursue a career in acting after he was scouted by casting agents.
He made his acting debut in a film called 'A Man of No Importance' in 1994. In 1996, he had a larger movie in the biopic movie 'Michael Collins' opposite Liam Neeson.
In 1998, he starred as a glam-rocker in 'Velvet Goldmine' opposite Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale and in 1999, he appeared alongside Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich in the Western, 'Ride with the Devil'.
2002 saw him play a girls' football coach in 'Bend It Like Beckham' starring Keira Knightley and in 2004 he appeared with Reese Witherspoon in 'Vanity Fair'; that same year he was in Oliver Stone's 'Alexander' opposite Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.
In 2005, he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in CBS mini-series 'Elvis'. He landed a Golden Globe nomination for his subsequent portrayal of Henry VIII in the series 'The Tudors' in 2007.
In 2006, he was in 'Mission: Impossible III' alongside Tom Cruise, 'Shelter' with Julianne Moore, and in 2010 he was in 'From Paris with Love' opposite John Travolta.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Other career ventures
Jonathan Rhys Meyers appeared in Versace men's collection advertising campaigns between 2006 and 2007, as well as campaigns for Hugo Boss.
He works as a model as well as an actor and is signed to Independent Models in London.
In 2008, he became an ambassador for the charity The Hope Foundation.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Personal life
Jonathan Rhys Meyers dated Reena Hammer from 2004 to 2012 but is currently thought to be in a relationship with model Victoria Keon-Cohen.
In 2005, he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. He returned in 2007 and in 2009.
In 2010, he got banned from United Airlines for a racial slur incident involving alcohol.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Danny Winters is a young man in 1969, who becomes disenfranchised from the marginalisation and discrimination of some members of society. His radical opinions cause his parents to kick him out of their Kansas home, and so he takes the opportunity to travel to New York where he meets a group of liberal and flamboyant youths who shelter him and bring him to a discreet gay club run by the mafia known as The Stonewall Inn. Unfortunately, this is a place frequently raided by cops, who are less than liberal in their way of thinking. Tired of the constant social threats and alienation, Danny leads an army with members of the gay, trans and cross-dressing community to fight against the corrupt police with a full scale riot.
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The 'Dracula' star has said he suffered a 'minor relapse' earlier this month.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has broken his silence over the shocking pictures which appeared in British tabloids earlier this month, showing the actor drinking on a London street. The star of ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Tudors’ apologised for what he described as ‘a minor relapse’, adding that he feels ‘quite embarrassed’ about the incident.
Meyers has apologised for his minor relapse.
Meyers used his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram account to make the apology, writing it under a picture of the actress and producer shedding a single tear. “Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologise for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me,” Jonathan wrote.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers looking cool in his shades, white V-neck T-shirt, denim jacket, jeans and brown boots whilst out shopping with an unkown female companion at The Grove in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th August 2014
The network has been very vague in regards to what shows are being given another season and which aren't
NBC have teased at what shows they are due to renew and which they are likely to drop from their schedules at the TCA press tour this weekend. Given how vague the network executives were at the press meeting, we can't exactly confirm anything, but what we can say is that Parks & Recreation will more than likely be getting a seventh season, everything else might not be so lucky.
Star Amy Poehler and the rest of her Parks & Rec. castmates celebrate the show's 100th episode
“I’m going out on a limb: Parks and Recreation is going to have a 7th season,” was the word of the NBC's entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt at the TCA event, giving the closest thing to a solid confirmation regarding the future of a NBC show. The only other shows that held a similar kind of certainty were two popular comedies: Parenthood and Community.
Yet another re-imagining of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' premieres on NBC tonight, and its pretty darn good too.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest actor to take on one of the most recreated parts of all time, playing Dracula in NBC's all new series, cleverly titled Dracula. The new series differs rather dramatically from the normal Dracula formula though, and this bit of experimentation has so far been praised by a number of criticshead of its debut episode tonight (October 25, 2013).
There is plenty of gore on offer in the show
Set in Victorian London, Meyer's Dracula arrives in the industrial capital and goes on to form an unlikely partnership with his traditional foe Van Helsing (played by Thomas Kretschmann). The two unlikely accomplices team up to take on the shady criminal organisation known as the Order of the Dragon. Combining rich visuals, praise-worthy story telling and some thoroughly absorbing acting from our stars, the 10-episode mini-series has been a hit with a number of critics already.
Fans of Cassandra Clare's book series won't mind that this film is overcrowded and chaotic, but the uninitiated will be worn out by what feels like a superficial mash-up of leather-clad stereotypes. Director Zwart (who remade The Karate Kid) certainly creates a lively sense of energy, zipping through each scene as if he's trying to cram every moment in the book into two hours. But as a result, nothing grabs hold.
Our hero is Clary (Collins), a New York teen whose mother (Headey) never told her that she was a Shadowhunter, a half-angel whose job is to protect humanity from demons. But just as she meets goth dreamboat Shadowhunter Jace (Campbell Bower), her mom is kidnapped. So she and her best pal Simon (Sheehan), who has a secret crush on her, travel with Jace into the city's underworld of angels, demons, werewolves and vampires. At the secret Shadowhunter headquarters, she meets leader Hodge (Harris) as well as siblings Alec and Isabelle (Zegers and West). And everyone warns her about the villainous Valentine (Meyers), who has some sort of nefarious master plan involving Clary and her magical cup.
The film is structured as a series of quests, as Clary learns about her supernatural abilities by visiting the City of Bones under a cemetery, breaking into a church to collect a stash of demon-fighting weapons, consulting with a variety of magical creatures, and so on. But these individual sequences never quite connect together into a story with any momentum. It's simply impossible to get involved in these events without being able to identify with the characters, none of whom are properly developed. Obviously, readers of the books won't have this problem, but such a fragmented film is unlikely to draw new fans to the franchise.
Continue reading: The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Review
'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' was released in UK and US cinemas yesterday (Wednesday 21st August). The movie has been compared to other supernatural movie franchises, also based on books, such as The Twilight Saga.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released in the UK and US yesterday (21st August). The majority of reviews have been highly critical of the movie, claiming it draws too heavily on typical aspects of the teenager supernatural genre. The film may have been compared with Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, however it seems unlikely, if the critics are correct, to be as successful as such franchises.
Kevin Zeger at the L.A. premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
The Mortal Instruments is based on the best-selling series of teen fiction books by Cassandra Clare. The fantasy movie centres on Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who discovers she is descended from a race of warriors. These warriors fight evil in an alternative New York City called 'Downworld'. Collins is supported by such actors as Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga); Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl); Jemima West (The Borgias); and Robert Sheehan (Misfits). They are pitted against Jonathon Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) in the role of Valentine.
Continue reading: Review Round-Up: 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'
The teen fantasy failed to delight the press.
In a cinematic landscape that includes Harry Potter and Twilight shapes mountains, there isn’t much room for another supernatural teenage escape pod. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has attempted to muscle in there unnoticed, but the critics have found it out.
Teenagers with attitude (and actual weapons)
The story follows a familiar theme of the genre: young teenager – this time Lily Collins as Clary – finds out she can’t just get drunk at 16, moan about homework and eventually marry and have two kids because she’s got to go and save the world. Clary is next in a long line of demon slayers, and has to fulfil her destiny to fight off evil. Having teamed up with people like her, she descends to the dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.
Continue reading: Mortal Instruments...Of Torture, Critics Slate Harald Zwart's Movie
The Tudors actor is strongly being linked with a role on the new film
In what is really our first news about the upcoming Star Wars re-boot in a while (we were promised regular rumours!), it looks as though the film may have its first star.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is apparently being courted by Disney and Lucasfilm , with a report from Latino Review suggesting that the star of the upcoming Dracula series on NBC is being lined up as one of the stars of the movie. According to the online publication, the Star Wars producers have been in talks with the co-star of another movie franchise for a while now, which it later revealed to be Meyers. The actor has previously worked alongside Abrams in Mission: Impossible III and has consequently built up a rapport with the director, supposedly, who is keen to work with the actor again.
Apparently Meyers' name was thrown about extensively when the list of potential candidates to star in the film was being made, with the actor now supposedly committing to the film. So far, we have it confirmed that Jj Abrams will be stepping behind the camera to direct the Michael Arndt-penned script. We also know that three of the stars of the original trilogy, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, are all due to appear in the first film at least. Everything other than that at this point is purely rumour.
Continue reading: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Lining Up Potential Star Wars Role?
The trailer for the new Dracula series is online now. Watch below
NBC are teaming up with the producers of Downton Abbey for yet another re-imagining of Bran Stocker's timeless tale, Dracula. The project has been in the works for a while now, and at last we have a chance to sneak a peak at the project in the new trailer for the show.
The Tutors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who has already managed to make King Henry VIII sexy, will star as the titular vampire. The series will see the Count arrive in London posing as an American entrepreneur who is planning on funding modern science projects in the heart of the Industrial revolution. However, his real agenda is more sinister as he seeks out revenge on those who betrayed him centuries ago.
Of course, it wouldn't be a modern vampire tale if there wasn't a love story involved in the plot, and the new series offer no diversion from this. But there is a twist in this love story, as the woman that Dracula falls in love with may actually be the reincarnation of his dead wife. The show also features Nonso Anozie, Jessica De Gouw, Katie McGrath and Thomas Kretschmann, who will be playing the shows Van Helsing.
The show is set to air on NBC in the US this autumn and will come to Sky Living in the UK later this year. No exact date has been set for the show to air on, but with NBC's fall schedule beginning in mid-September the show may be aired around then.
Continue reading: See Jonathan Rhys Meyers As Dracula In New Trailer (Video)
Clary Fray has been made to live as a normal girl all her life with her mother making sure she never discovers who she truly is. However, when she watches a man getting slaughtered in a nightclub and seemingly is the only one who notices, she starts to suspect that there's more to the world than most people can see. The killer is a man called Jace who reveals himself as a Shadowhunter; a half-angel demon slayer with the power to make himself invisible to the Mundane (humans). Soon, Clary discovers that her mother is in grave danger having been brutally kidnapped from their home and she finds out that her mother is also a Shadowhunter who has been having Clary's memories of unusual happenings blocked all her life. Clary must embrace her true identity and help Jace and the other Shadowhunters in the battle to maintain the balance of good and evil and return her mother back to her.
Here comes the latest teen fantasy movie adaptation in the shape of 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'. Based on the first book of a series by Cassandra Clare, the movie has been directed by Harald Zwart ('The Karate Kid' , 'Agent Cody Banks') and written by I. Marlene King ('Just My Luck', 'Now and Then') and Jessica Postigo in her screenwriting debut. It is due to hit screens on August 23rd 2013.
Director: Harald Zwart
Date of birth
27th July, 1977