Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Highest Rated: 86% The 12th Man (2018)

Lowest Rated: 4% 6 Souls (2013)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1977

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.


Highest Rated Movies



18% The Aspern Papers Morton Vint 2019
14% Awake John Doe 2019
No Score Yet Wake Up John Doe 2019
14% Damascus Cover Ari Ben-Sion / Hans Hoffmann 2018
86% The 12th Man Kurt Stage 2018
29% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) David 2018
42% Black Butterfly Jack 2017
No Score Yet The Shadow Effect Reese 2017
53% London Town Joe Strummer 2016
9% Stonewall Trevor 2015
No Score Yet Another Me Drama Teacher 2014
14% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Valentine $31.2M 2013
No Score Yet Belle Du Seigneur Solal 2013
4% 6 Souls Adam 2013
56% Albert Nobbs Viscount Yarrell $3.1M 2012
38% From Paris with Love James Reece $24M 2010
62% A Film with Me in It Pierce 2 2008
31% The Children of Huang Shi George Hogg $0.7M 2008
37% August Rush Louis Connelly $31.6M 2007
71% Mission: Impossible III Declan $133.5M 2006
No Score Yet Alexander Revisited: Final Cut Cassander 2006
77% Match Point Chris Wilton $23.2M 2005
No Score Yet Alexander: The Ultimate Cut Cassander 2004
16% Alexander Cassander $34.3M 2004
49% Vanity Fair George Osborne $16.1M 2004
17% Octane (Pulse) The Father 2004
No Score Yet The Tesseract Sean 2004
44% 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
28% Prozac Nation Noah 2001
No Score Yet Disappearance of Finbar Finbar Flynn 2000
40% Gormenghast Steerpike 2000
68% Titus Chiron 1999
64% Ride With the Devil Pitt Mackeson 1999
63% B. Monkey Bruno 1999
No Score Yet Killer Tongue Actor 1999
47% The Loss of Sexual Innocence Nic (age 16) 1999
57% Velvet Goldmine Brian Slade 1998
65% The Governess Henry Cavendish 1998
No Score Yet The Maker Josh Minell 1998
61% Telling Lies in America Kevin Boyle 1997
77% Michael Collins Collins' Assassin 1996


No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2018
96% Roots
Tom Lea 2016
53% Dracula
Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes Alexander Grayson/Dracula Alan Grayson/Dracula 2014
69% The Tudors
King Henry VIII 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2007


Trevor says: That's not the way Danny!

Trevor says: We're an organization that fights for gay rights.

Valentine says: Someone told me that you like to play music

Valentine says: Someone told me that you like to play music.

Louis Connelly says: How long you been playing?

Evan Taylor says: Six months.

Louis Connelly says: Six months? How'd you learn to play like that in six months?

Evan Taylor says: Julliard.

King Henry II says: Now listen to me boy...

Phillip says: [holds up a finger to stop him] I am a king, I am no man's boy!

Brian Slade says: Quite soon we actually plan to take over the world!

Chris Wilton says: The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn't, and you lose.

James Reece says: Sir, you do realize that I am not Special Ops certified, right?