REIGN OF FIRE
GERARD BUTLER (Dave
Creedy) landed in Los Angeles in January 2000 and in the span of one year has
created quite a name for himself. He has landed the leading roles in four major
features and starred in one of the highest-rated miniseries.
He is currently shooting
the Paramount big budget feature "Timeline." Based on acclaimed author
Michael Crichton's novel, "Timeline" is a suspenseful time-travel
adventure set in 14th century medieval France. He was also recently seen in the
ITV miniseries "The Jury," opposite Sir Derek Jacobi and Anthony Sher.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland,
the actor is the youngest of three children. Graduating with a law degree from
Glasgow University and President of the Law Society, he was a week away from
completing his internship at a leading Edinburgh law firm when he saw the movie
interpretation of the Irvine Welsh novel "Trainspotting," and he was
convinced to exit law to try his hand at acting. Butler moved to London and
after a few months working odd jobs such as demonstrating Lego toys at
conventions and selling boilers, he had a chance meeting in a London cafĂ© with
actor/director Steven Berkoff, and asked if he could read for his play. He was
then cast in "Coriolanus," and thus began his career. After only his
second audition, he landed the lead role as the heroin-addicted Renton in the
acclaimed stage adaptation of "Trainspotting," the play that had
inspired him to change careers, which he performed at the Edinburgh Film
He has starred in a number
of British features including Stuart Sugg's "Fast Food" in 1997,
"The Cherry Orchard" in 1998 starring opposite Alan Bates and
Charlotte Rampling, and in the London gangster film "Shooters" with
Matthew Rhys, Ion Guffudd and
Adrian Dunbar in 1999. Butler also starred in "Harrison's Flowers"
opposite Adrian Brody and Andie McDowell, due to be released later in the year
throughout Europe. Another feature, "One More Kiss," directed by Vadim
Jeam is scheduled for release in the states in the early part of 2002.
He has also had his share
of television roles in the U.K. In 1998, he starred in the ITV production of
"Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married," as well as the Channel 4 telefilm
"Young Person's Guide to Being a Rock Star," and in the two-part
drama "Little White Lies" for the BBC.
On stage, the ruggedly
handsome actor has starred in "Suddenly Last Summer," opposite Rachel Weisz
in London's West End directed by Sean Mathias.
Last year, Butler played
the title roles in both the Miramax feature "Dracula 2000" and in USA
Network's epic miniseries "Attila," directed by Dick Lowry.
"Attila" was the highest rated made-for television miniseries since
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