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.
Jude Law is set to return to the London stage in an adaptation of the classic Italian film Obsession
The British actor, 43, will star in the production at the British capital's Barbican Centre next year (17).
Jude's appearance at the iconic arts venue will be his first in more than twenty years, since he starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Greek tragedy Ion in 1995.
The stage version of Obsession will be directed by acclaimed theatre director Ivo van Hove, whose Broadway productions of the Arthur Miller plays A View From the Bridge and The Crucible last week (beg02May16) earned nine Tony Award nominations between them.
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Robert Downey Jr. has been fanboying over Don Cheadle.
The two actors star in the upcoming Marvel flick Captain America: Civil War, with Robert back as his much loved alter ego Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Don returning as Colonel James Rhodes/War MAChine.
The latest movie sees a host of other actors make their franchise debut, alongside the superhero originals.
“Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is a really big deal,” Robert smiled to Britain’s ShortList magazine. “And that takes nothing away from Mr. (Anthony) MACkie (The Falcon), who knows how to hold court. But Chadwick is softly spoken but extremely dynamic. Now I think about it, I’m discovering my fanboy love for (Don) Cheadle – when you see him (as Miles Davis) in Miles Ahead, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. It’s astonishing. It’s what a biopic should be.”
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr.: 'Don Cheadle Is The Man'
Pop star will.i.am promised refugees he would return with aid on a visit to a camp in Calais, France.
Will, who acted as a judge on the final of TV singing contest The Voice U.K. on Saturday (09Apr16), visited the camp with the charity Care4Calais the next day in an attempt to get back to "real life" after his stint on the entertainment show.
Writing on Instagram.com, he indicated that he would return to the camp with aid and supplies for the thousands of displaced people who live there.
"After being on tv for #thevoiceuk finals on the BBC," he wrote. "I needed to come back down to real life and people in need...so I came to the Calais refugee camp on France... I will return with some aid...big love and Thanks to the volunteers and I will PRAY for the people and families here."
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Thomas Wolfe was a writer who was used to rejection. His constantly lengthy novels didn't seem to appeal to the vast majority of publishers out there and most editors were fazed by his compulsion to write hundreds of pages.
Not willing to give up on his talent, Wolfe send his pages to Maxwell Perkins, the man who originally published Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When Thomas is summoned to Maxwell's office, he presumes he's once again about to be told that he's been unsuccessful but the chance to meet a man who's had so much literary influence is too much to pass up. The meeting begins as Wolfe thinks it would but he's soon informed by Perkins that the company will take on Wolfe's latest book.
Wolfe and Perkins form a close relationship, Wolfe still delivering copious amounts of words and Perkins seemingly the only man capable of editing them. As their personal and professional relationship deepens, Perkins is taken in more and more by the acclaimed genius.
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Sienna Miller blames British political leaders for the refugee crisis engulfing Europe and the Middle-East.
The British actress is dismayed that millions of people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing civil war in Syria and the rise of the terrorist organisation Islamic State.
Like a number of British politicians, including U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, she feels her country's leaders must take responsibility for allowing the political turmoil to develop.
"I don't want to get into that, " she tells Britain's The Times newspaper. "I'm an actor. Although I will say that it is horrendous when people feel the need to risk their children's lives because they are desperate to flee from a situation we caused, and are reticent to fix. It's a monumental overwhelming disaster that we are completely responsible for."
Continue reading: Sienna Miller: 'We Are Responsible For Refugee Crisis'
Actor Jude Law worries about his son Rafferty stepping into the fashion spotlight.
The British star's 19-year-old boy has been making waves in the style world as a model in recent months, and while Jude is proud of the teen's achievements, he fears how his kid will handle the perils which can come with fame.
"I worry about that terribly because the public eye can bring all sorts of unwanted intrusions and problems," he told the American edition of Harper's Bazaar, "but he's treading his own path. I think the modelling is something that he sees as a pastime and something to maybe give him a bit of pocket money. He's a musician mostly.
"He's in college studying music, which he takes very seriously and I think that is something that he will concentrate on in the future."
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Celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch and Gillian Anderson have pledged to sponsor lone child refugees living in camps in Calais, France.
The stars, plus Jude Law, Dominic West and Brian Eno, have signed onto a buddy system to help and support a child residing in the so-called "Jungle" camp without its parents.
As part of the scheme, they have promised to visit their sponsored child in Calais and their families in the U.K., help cover their costs and speak on their behalf.
They said in a statement, "We are each buddying with one unaccompanied minor to ensure that they receive the humanitarian support they need and to personally insist that both governments honour their obligations to these children."
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An anti-fracking campaign song written by Sean Lennon is to be re-recorded by Vivienne Westwood's son.
Sean recorded the song Don't Frack My Mother with his mother Yoko Ono and actress Susan Sarandon in a bid to stop hydraulic fracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and gas, in New York state.
Joe Corre, the son of British fashion icon Westwood and late rock impresario Malcolm MCLaren, is recording his own version of the track and filming an accompanying video as part of his campaign to convince U.K. politicians to back a similar ban.
“We’re in the same place in the U.K. that New York was,” Joe tells WENN. “With the U.K. version, rather than mother referred to in the song lyrics... being Yoko Ono, this time around it’s my mum Vivienne Westwood.”
Continue reading: Sean Lennon And Vivienne Westwood's Sons Combine For Anti-fracking Song
Jude Law was reprimanded by U.K. local government officials after a loud party hosted by the British actor enraged several of his neighbours.
The Holiday star reportedly held a birthday party for girlfriend Dr Philippa Coan at his house in Highgate, north London which continued into the early hours of Sunday (21Feb16) morning.
However, some residents were angered by the volume at which a live band was playing, and called police.
One disgruntled neighbour tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "It was really awful, it woke me up all night. It was going on until around 5am. It was like jazz or something, but there was a real band playing, not just music."
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Actors Jude Law, Toby Jones and singer Tom Odell performed at a refugee camp in Calais, France on Sunday (21Feb16) to campaign against the site's demolition.
The Layer Cake star took the celebrities along for a special version of the Letters Live event, where actors read letters from famous historical figures. They updated the show by including passages written by migrants living in the camp, also called the "Jungle".
Playwright Tom Stoppard also attended, and Odell played a set in front of around 200 refugees at the Good Chance theatre, which was created by British volunteers last year (15).
Law first visited earlier this month (Feb16) and the conditions inspired him recruit more than 140 celebrities, including Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch, to sign an open letter. In the note, they urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to take in more at-risk children from the camp.
Continue reading: Jude Law Among Performers At French Migrant Camp
Jude Law - Jude Law tries on a virtual reality headset in the Calais Jungle refugee camp. A team of videographers are making a film of the camp that viewers will be able to watch in 3D virtual reality, giving a better feel of the dire conditions the refugees are living in day to day. at Calais Jungle Refugee Camp - Calais, France - Sunday 21st February 2016
Phillipa Coan - Jude Law and his girlfriend Phillipa Coan arriving at Tegel airport to leave town after attending the 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 17th February 2016
Date of birth
29th December, 1972
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