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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Highest Rated:   85% Bend It like Beckham (2003)
Lowest Rated:   4% 6 Souls (2013)
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Birthplace:   Dublin, Ireland
Bearing the sort of sensual, androgynous looks that would have landed him in Calvin Klein ads if he hadn't gone into acting, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has been making a name for himself in roles that call for a certain kind of alluringly deviant behavior. Since 1996, Rhys-Meyers has given trouble a good name in such films as Velvet Goldmine and The Governess. Born July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, Rhys-Meyers led a tumultuous childhood after his father abandoned his family when the actor was only two and a half. His troubles accumulated as he grew older, culminating with his being kicked out of school at the age of 16. Rhys-Meyers took to hanging about in pool halls, where he was discovered by a casting agent. The agent encouraged him to audition for the film War of the Buttons; when Rhys-Meyers failed to get the part, he gave up on acting. However, he was soon asked to do some commercials, which in turn led to his film debut with a small role in A Man of No Importance (1994). A starring role as an errant runaway in The Disappearance of Finbar (1996) followed, as did a brief but memorable turn as the assassin of the titular hero in Michael Collins (1996). After more film work, including a supporting role as Brad Renfro's nemesis in Telling Lies in America, Rhys-Meyers landed the lead in Todd Haynes' much-anticipated Velvet Goldmine (1998). Despite the hype surrounding the director's celebration of and requiem for the early-'70s glam rock scene, as well as the presence of actors Christian Bale, Toni Collette, and Ewan McGregor, the film was far from a critical or box office smash, despite developing a loyal cult following. However, Rhys-Meyers continued to stay busy, making The Governess with Minnie Driver the same year and Michael Radford's B. Monkey the next (the film would eventually be released the following year). In 1999, he starred in a number of high-profile projects: in addition to Mike Figgis' The Loss of Sexual Innocence, he appeared as part of a "hot young things" lineup in Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil, starring with such up-and-comers as Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and then turned his talents to interpreting Shakespeare in Titus, Julie Taymor's adaptation of Titus Andronicus.While continuing to appear in independent, left-of-center films such as Prozac Nation and Happy Now, Rhys-Meyers had a bit of a mainstream breakthrough when the indie comedy Bend It Like Beckham became a surprise hit in 2003. This might have made the actor's unique face more familiar to movie makers, as he was soon seen with Reese Witherspoon in the period movie Vanity Fair, and in the Oliver Stone epic Alexander. These main-stream successes were nothing, however, compared to the coveted role of Elvis Presley that he won in 2005. The high-profile CBS mini series Elvis exposed Rhys-Myers to American audiences like never before, and he picked up a Golden Globe Award for his performance. That same year, the Irish lad starred with Scarlett Johansson in the Woody Allen drama Match Point. Widely regarded as the best movie from the legendary director in well over ten years, the role helped to cement Rhys-Myer's position in American cinema, as evidenced by the fact that he soon afterward joined the cast of action thriller Mission Impossible III.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Black Butterfly
  • Jack
2017
No Score Yet The Shadow Effect
  • Dr. Reese
2017
No Score Yet Black Butterfly
  • Jack
2017
43% London Town
  • Joe Strummer
2016
10% Stonewall
  • Trevor
2015
No Score Yet Another Me
  • Drama Teacher
2014
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Valentine
$31.2M 2013
No Score Yet Belle Du Seigneur
  • Solal
2013
4% 6 Souls
  • Adam
2013
57% Albert Nobbs
  • Viscount Yarrell
$3.1M 2012
37% From Paris with Love
  • James Reece
$24.0M 2010
62% A Film with Me in It
  • Pierce 2
2008
30% The Children of Huang Shi
  • George Hogg
$0.7M 2008
37% August Rush
  • Louis Connelly
$31.6M 2007
70% Mission: Impossible III
  • Declan
$133.4M 2006
77% Match Point
  • Chris Wilton
$23.1M 2005
29% Prozac Nation
  • Noah
2005
16% Alexander
  • Cassander
$34.3M 2004
51% Vanity Fair
  • George Osborne
$16.1M 2004
17% Octane (Pulse)
  • The Father
2004
No Score Yet The Tesseract
  • Sean
2004
43% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  • Davey Graham
$0.3M 2004
No Score Yet The Lion in Winter
  • Phillip
2003
85% Bend It like Beckham
  • Joe
$32.5M 2003
No Score Yet Tangled
  • Alan Hammond
2002
No Score Yet The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Happy Now
  • Mark Wraith
2001
No Score Yet Disappearance of Finbar
  • Finbar Flynn
2000
No Score Yet Gormenghast
  • Steerpike
2000
68% Titus
  • Chiron
1999
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Pitt Mackeson
1999
61% B. Monkey
  • Bruno
1999
56% Velvet Goldmine
  • Brian Slade
1998
65% The Governess
  • Henry Cavendish
1998
No Score Yet The Maker
  • Josh Minell
1998
63% Telling Lies in America
  • Kevin Boyle
1997
78% Michael Collins
  • Collins' Assassin
1996
No Score Yet Mandrake
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Roots
2016
  • Tom Lea
  • 2016
52% Dracula
2013-2014
  • Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes Alexander Grayson/Dracula Alan Grayson/Dracula
  • 2014
  • 2013
71% The Tudors
2007-2010
  • King Henry VIII
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007

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