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JEREMY IRONS (BISHOP PUCCI) began his career in England in theatre at the Bristol Old Vic and then debuted in London in "Godspell” as John the Baptist. His work in the West End and at Stratford Upon Avon culminated with his performance of "Richard II” for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing” opposite Glenn Close, for which he won both the Drama League Award and Tony Award for Best Actor.

Irons has played many roles for television, most notably "Love for Lydia” and Christopher Hampton's "Tales from Hollywood.” His performance in "Brideshead Revisited” brought him worldwide acclaim and nominations for an Emmy® Award, the British Academy and the Golden Globe®Award for Best Actor. In 1996, he directed and co-starred with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack in "Mirad, A Boy from Bosnia,” a Channel 4 Television film about refugees, written by Ad De Bont.

On the wide screen he has starred in such films as Jerzy Skolimowski's "Moonlighting,” Harold Pinter's "Betrayal,” Volker Schlondorff's "Swann in Love” and "The Mission” with Robert DeNiro. Irons played opposite Meryl Streep in "The French Lieutenant's Woman,” for which he received the Variety Club Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA nomination, and opposite his son Sam in Roald Dahl's "Danny, Champion of the World.” His performance in David Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers” brought him a Best Actor Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Canadian Genie. Irons starred again with Glenn Close in the film based on the re-trial of Claus von Bulow, "Reversal of Fortune.” For this performance, Irons received the 1990 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor.

Irons went on to work in such films as Steven Soderbergh's "Kafka,” David Cronenberg's "M. Butterfly” and Bille August's "The House Of The Spirits” with Streep and Close again. In 1994, Irons created the voice of Scar for Disney's "The Lion King.” He followed that with the action film "Die Hard With A Vengeance” co-starring Bruce Willis, and Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty,” co-starring Liv Tyler.

Irons' more recent films include Wayne Wang's "Chinese Box” and "Man In The Iron Mask,” in which he co-starred with Gerard Depardieu, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Malkovich. He played Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's controversial film "Lolita.” Irons was in production with four films in 2001, including "And Now…Ladies and Gentleman,” directed by Claude Lelouch, "The Time Machine” based on the H.G. Wells novel, "Callas Forever” directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and "Last Call,” a Showtime Original Picture directed by Henry Bromell, co-starring Neve Campbell. In 2003, Jeremy Irons debuted in the New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music” in the role of Frederik, directed by Scott Ellis. He also starred in Istan Szabo's "Being Julia.”

In late 2004 Irons played Antonio, in Michael Radford's production of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice,” co-starring Al Pacino. In spring 2005 Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven” was released, with Irons co-starring opposite Orlando Bloom. Films Irons recently completed that are soon to be released include "Mathilde,” a film by Nina Mimica. In summer 2005 Irons was in production with "Elizabeth I,” a TV mini-series produced for HBO, costarring Helen Mirren. He is also playing King Arthur this August in the Hollywood Bowl's summer performance of "Camelot,” part of the Hollywood Bowl's weekend spectacular series. In fall 2005 Irons begins shooting the Twentieth Century Fox production of "Eragon” directed by Stefen Fangmeier.

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