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
British Actress Natalie Dormer Has Defended Her Decision To Take A Role In Tv Drama The Tudors, Insisting She Only Accepted The Job On The "Hyper-sexualised" Show Because She Was "Unemployed".
Natalie played Anne Boleyn opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII in the first two seasons from 2007-2010, and she went on to land a role in hugely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games franchise.
The actress credits The Tudors, which has been maligned as sex-filled and historically inaccurate, with giving her acting a career a major boost, but she only took the job because she needed to pay her bills.
"When I started my career, I was grateful to get the job," she tells Britain's ES Magazine. "People would say, 'The Tudors was so hyper-sexualised, why on earth would you make that decision?' Well, I made the decision because I was unemployed. I didn't know what The Tudors was going to be, I didn't have all 10 scripts; I'd just got a job, for f**k's sake."
Continue reading: Natalie Dormer: 'I Needed The Tudors Job'
Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers And Anna Paquin Are Adding Their Star Power To A Planned Roots Reboot After Signing On To Join Laurence Fishburne In The Upcoming Tv Mini-series.
The Matrix star was recently cast as real-life author Alex Haley in the revamp, taking over the role originated by James Earl Jones in the 1977 mini-series Roots: The Saga Of An American Family.
Now his co-stars have been announced, with Dreamgirls actress/singer Anika Noni Rose and newcomer Malachi Kirby also joining the cast. Kirby will portray central character Kunta Kinte, the same part Levar Burton, who spearheaded the remake, tackled in the original.
Burton will serve as a co-executive producer on the new project, while Mario Van Peebles and Bruce Beresford will be among the directors.
Continue reading: Forest Whitaker And Jonathan Rhys Meyers Join Roots Reboot
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.
Continue: Stonewall Trailer
Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Joe Strummer in a new film about The Clash titled 'London Town' which began filming in the English capital last month.
The Irish actor has been cast as the punk frontman in the forthcoming film titled 'London Town', which will be set in 1970s London.
The drama will tell the tale of a teenager whose life changes dramatically when his estranged mother introduces him to the music of The Clash, who formed in 1976 before going on to release six studio albums.
Continue reading: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Cast As Joe Strummer
Irish Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is Embracing His Inner Rock Star To Portray Late The Clash Frontman Joe Strummer In A New Movie.
London Town, which is set in the British capital in the 1970s, follows a 14-year-old boy whose life is forever changed after his estranged mother introduces him to Strummer's music.
Production is currently underway in London, with The Joneses filmmaker Derrick Borte directing from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown.
The drama, which co-stars Dougray Scott and Natascha MCElhone, is reportedly set to feature some of The Clash's biggest hits after producers managed to secure the rights to the tunes, according to ScreenDaily.com.
Continue reading: Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Portray Joe Strummer In New Rock Drama
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.
Former nurse Brendan Quinn, who co-founded the Causeway Retreat in Essex, England in 2005, falsely claimed to be a doctor, a disciplinary tribunal in the U.K. heard.
The $16,000 (£10,000 )-a-week clinic closed in 2010 and bosses were hit with a fine and costs for $60,800 (£38,000) for treating patients without a proper licence.
Continue reading: Boss Of Stars' Rehab Clinic Struck Off
Former nurse Brendan Quinn co-founded the Causeway Retreat in Essex, England in 2005 and it attracted several big-name clients, including Take That singer Mark Owen.
The $16,000 (£10,000 )-a-week clinic closed in 2010 and bosses were ordered to pay $60,800 (£38,000) in fines and costs for treating patients without obtaining a proper licence, and now Quinn is facing a rebuke from a medical governing body for a string of misconduct charges.
Continue reading: Boss Of Stars' Rehab Unit Faces Medical Ban
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
Roland Emmerich's new movie focuses on the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which served as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement, and will also feature War Horse star Jeremy Irvine, White House Down actor Joey King and Caleb Landry Jones.
The 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots will be remembered at the New York LGBT Pride event in New York at the end of June (14).
Continue reading: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Stonewall Cast
Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers hates shooting movie sex scenes as they leave him too exhausted for romance when he gets home.
The Dracula star, most recently linked to Russian model Marinika Smirnova, has filmed several racy scenes during his 20-year career but he is adamant they are far from erotic.
Meyers complains he often has to spend up to two days on set naked from the waist down and he insists the gruelling shoots mean he is never in the mood for love when he arrives home and simply wants a long soak in the bath tub.
Continue reading: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Put Off Romance By Sex Scenes
Date of birth
27th July, 1977
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