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Jeremy Northam

Highest Rated:   97% The Winslow Boy (1999)
Lowest Rated:   17% Gloria (1999)
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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
71% Our Kind of Traitor
  • Aubrey Longrigg
$3.2M 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Bertrand Russell
2016
95% Eye In The Sky
  • Brian Woodale
$16.7M 2016
46% Creation
  • Reverend Innes
$0.3M 2010
45% Glorious 39
  • Balcombe
2009
85% 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
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • Mark
$1.2M 2005
36% Guy X
  • Lane Woowrap
2005
26% Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
  • Walter Hagen
$2.6M 2004
24% The Statement
  • Colonel Roux
$0.6M 2003
39% The Singing Detective
  • Mark Binney
$0.3M 2003
58% Cypher
  • Morgan Sullivan
2002
65% Possession
  • Randolph Henry Ash
$10.1M 2002
72% Enigma
  • Wigram
2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Ivor Novello
$41.3M 2001
54% 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
76% Amistad
  • Judge Coglin
1997
61% Mimic
  • Peter Mann
1997
50% Carrington
  • Beacus Penrose
1995
36% 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
25% Wuthering Heights
  • Hindley
1992
No Score Yet Piece of Cake
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Suspicion
  • Mr Benson
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% White Heat
2012
  • Edward
  • 2012
0% Miami Medical
2010
  • Matthew Proctor
  • 2010
71% The Tudors
2007-2010
  • Sir Thomas More
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • 2005

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