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BRIAN COX (Joe Reisert) is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. A veteran of more than 50 feature films, he stars in Woody Allen's new drama "Match Point,” which premiered to critical and audience acclaim at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and opens in the U.S. later this year. He also recently co-starred in the hit action thriller sequel "The Bourne Supremacy,” reprising the role he first played in the 2002 blockbuster "The Bourne Identity.” Cox just wrapped production on Ryan Murphy's "Running With Scissors,” in which he joined an ensemble cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Annette Bening, Joseph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and Alec Baldwin.

Cox earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the independent film "L.I.E.,” and also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination received by the cast of Spike Jonze's "Adaptation.” His long list of film credits goes on to include "Troy,” "X2,” "25th Hour,” "The Ring,” "The Rookie,” "The Affair of the Necklace,” "For Love of the Game,” "Rushmore,” "Desperate Measures,” "The Boxer,” "Kiss the Girls,” "Braveheart,” "Rob Roy,” "Hidden Agenda” and "Nicholas and Alexandra.” He was also the first to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter onscreen in Michael Mann's "Manhunter.”

On television, Cox delivered a chilling portrayal of Hermann Goering in the miniseries "Nuremberg,” for which he won an Emmy Award and was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG Awards. He also earned an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on the comedy series "Frasier.” In addition, Cox has starred in a variety of notable television projects, both in the United States and Great Britain, including "Longitude,” "Witness Against Hitler,” "Grushko,” "Sharpe's Eagle,” "Sharpe's Rifles,” "Six Characters in Search of an Author,” "The Cloning of Joanna May,” "The Lost Language of Cranes,” "Murder by Moonlight,” "Florence Nightingale” and "King Lear,” to name only a few. 

Born in Scotland, Cox trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York and Scotland. Repeatedly honored for his work in the theatre, Cox won Olivier Awards for his performances in "Rat in the Skull” and "Titus Andronicus”; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in "The Taming of the Shrew” and "Strange Interlude”; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for "St. Nicholas.”

In addition, Cox has helmed stage productions of "I Love My Life,” "Mrs. Warren's Profession,” "The Philanderer,” "The Master Builder” and "Richard III.” He made his television directorial debut on the critically acclaimed HBO prison drama "Oz.”

A prolific writer, Cox has authored two non-fiction books: The Lear Diaries and Salem to Moscow: An Actor's Odyssey. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section, and has written articles for a number of other publications.

At the beginning of 2003, Cox's contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire.


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