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JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS (Chris Wilton) first gained international attention for his starring role in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine,” with Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Toni Collette. Rhys Meyers' daring performance as ex-glam rocker Brian Slade in that film also brought him a nomination for a London Film Critics Circle Award. The actor more recently earned acclaim for his role as the girls' soccer coach in the award-winning sleeper hit "Bend It Like Beckham,” in which he starred with Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra. His latest film work includes starring roles in Oliver Stone's epic "Alexander,” with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie; and in Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair,” with Reese Witherspoon.

In 2005, Rhys Meyers received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of the young Elvis Presley in the television miniseries "Elvis.” Also in 2005, he was honored with the Chopard Trophy for Male Revelation at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Rhys Meyers made his film debut in "A Man of No Importance,” and then played the young assassin in Neil Jordan's biopic "Michael Collins.” His subsequent film credits have included "The Maker”; "Telling Lies in America,” starring Kevin Bacon; "The Governess,” opposite Minnie Driver; the thriller "B. Monkey”; Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Innocence”; Ang Lee's Western "Ride With the Devil”; Julie Taymor's "Titus,” with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; "Prozac Nation,” opposite Christina Ricci; "The Tesseract”; the crime drama "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,” with Clive Owen and Charlotte Rampling; and "The Emperor's Wife.”

On the small screen, Rhys Meyers has starred in a wide range of longform projects, both here and in the U.K. Among his television credits are the Showtime presentation of "The Lion in Winter,” with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close; Alfonso Arau's "The Magnificent Ambersons”; "Gormenghast”; "The Tribe”; and "Samson and Delilah.”

Rhys Meyers will next be seen in the much-anticipated action sequel "Mission: Impossible III,” in which he co-stars with Tom Cruise, under the direction of J.J. Abrams. His upcoming films also include the fantasy "The Last Unicorn,” and "Adina,” with Neve Campbell, for director Nicolas Roeg.

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