Jeremy Northam

Jeremy Northam

  • Highest Rated: 97% The Winslow Boy (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% Gloria (1999)
  • Birthday: Dec 1, 1961
  • Birthplace: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
  • Possessing the kind of tall, dark good looks that could easily get him mistaken for David Duchovny's British brother, Jeremy Northam has impressed transatlantic audiences as the type of actor who can make everything from giant cockroaches to Jane Austen look sexy.The fourth child of two Cambridge University professors, Northam was born in Cambridge on December 1, 1961. Following his family's move to Bristol in 1972, he got his first taste of the theatrical world when he took a backstage job at a local playhouse. He went on to study English at London University, but after deciding that acting was his true vocation, left school to pursue his career. Drama studies at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, a stint as a singing waiter, and a role in the 1987 TV movie Suspicion followed. In 1989, Northam got his first -- albeit unexpected -- big break when, as an understudy in a production of Hamlet, he took over at the last minute for Daniel Day-Lewis, who suffered a nervous breakdown one night during his performance as the title character. Receiving positive notices for his impromptu portrayal, the actor found further acclaim the following year, with his performance as Edward Voysey in the Royal National Theatre's production of The Voysey Inheritance. Northam won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his work, and after appearing in 1992's Wuthering Heights and the 1995 Canadian feature Voices, he traveled to Los Angeles, where he landed a leading role in The Net (1995) within five days of his arrival. Playing Jack Devlin, Northam managed to make a mark on audiences as the charismatic villain who tries to off heroine Sandra Bullock while still finding time to sleep with her. Later that year, the actor appeared as a ne'er-do-well of a different sort, when he played one of Dora Carrington's army of lovers in Carrington. Although his role was essentially limited to a brief maritime seduction of the illustrious lady (played by Emma Thompson), Northam had already landed the considerably more substantial part of Mr. Knightley in Douglas MacGrath's 1996 adaptation of the Austen novel Emma. Starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Northam won both critical praise and the distinction of being that year's thinking woman's luxury import.The following year, the actor played a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's Amistad and then went on to explore completely different territory with a turn as Mira Sorvino's husband in the big-budget giant cockroach thriller Mimic. In 1998, Northam played another married man when he starred as Parker Posey's husband in the romantic comedy The Misadventures of Margaret. He then returned to the world of corsets and BBC English, first as a lawyer in David Mamet's 1999 adaptation of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy and then as An Ideal Husband in Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. Having gotten the gentrified leading man role down to an science, Northam next went in an entirely different direction as a con man forced to pose as accomplice Steve Zahn's gay lover in a small Texas town in Happy, Texas, which had its premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

72% Our Kind of Traitor Aubrey Longrigg $3.2M 2016
62% The Man Who Knew Infinity Bertrand Russell 2016
95% Eye In The Sky Brian Woodale $16.7M 2016
46% Creation Reverend Innes $0.4M 2010
43% Glorious 39 Balcombe 2009
87% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) Young Fisk 2008
No Score Yet Fiona's Story Actor 2008
19% The Invasion Tucker Kaufman $15.2M 2007
89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story Mark $1.2M 2005
42% Guy X Lane Woowrap 2005
26% Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Walter Hagen $2.6M 2004
23% The Statement Colonel Roux $0.6M 2003
39% The Singing Detective Mark Binney $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Martin and Lewis Dean Martin 2002
58% Cypher Morgan Sullivan 2002
64% Possession Randolph Henry Ash $10.1M 2002
72% Enigma Wigram 2002
86% Gosford Park Ivor Novello $41.3M 2001
53% The Golden Bowl Prince Amerigo $2.2M 2000
81% Happy, Texas Harry Sawyer 1999
85% An Ideal Husband Sir Robert Chiltern 1999
97% The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton 1999
17% Gloria Kevin 1999
No Score Yet Misadventures of Margaret Edward Nathan 1998
No Score Yet The Tribe Actor 1998
77% Amistad Judge Coglin 1997
61% Mimic Peter Mann 1997
84% Emma Mr. Knightly 1996
52% Carrington Beacus Penrose 1995
40% The Net Jack Devlin 1995
No Score Yet Voices from a Locked Room Philip Heseltine/Peter Warlock 1995
No Score Yet A Village Affair Actor 1994
33% Wuthering Heights Hindley 1992
No Score Yet Piece of Cake Actor 1988
No Score Yet Suspicion Mr Benson 1987

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

42% White Heat
2012
Edward
  • 2012
0% Miami Medical
2010
Matthew Proctor
  • 2010
69% The Tudors
2007-2010
Sir Thomas More
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice
  • 2005

QUOTES FROM Jeremy Northam CHARACTERS

Christabel LaMotte
How can we bear it. Every day we ill have less.
Randolph Henry Ash
Would you rather have nothing?
Jack Devlin
What did you think you were trying to do? Save the world?
Angela Bennett
No, not the world. Just myself.
Walter Hagen
Golf is a game of recovery.
Peter Mann
Leonard, have you ever seen anything like this before?
Leonard
Why you asking me if I've seen some shit like this before? Do I look like I've seen some shit like this before? Hell, no I a'int never seen no shit like this before. Who the fuck would wanna climb up one of these walls and hang one of these? Musta been a big elephant-ass motherfucker.
Anne Marie Livi
Unless the whole truth is brought ou into the open, the dead will never rest easy.
Col. Roux
And neither will you.
Mr. Knightley
Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief.
Mr. Knightley
Whom you going to dance with?
Emma Woodhouse
With you if you'll ask me. You've shown yourself to be a fine dancer despite all your protests and it shall not be improper for us to dance. After all we are not brother and sister.
Mr. Knightley
(Laughing) Brother and sister?! No, no... No indeed we are not...
Mr. Knightley
[laughing] Brother and sister?! No, no... No indeed we are not...