GERARD BUTLER (Leonidas) has distinguished himself as a leading man on
the stage and screen in both the United States and Great Britain.
He next stars in the dramatic thriller "Butterfly on a Wheel,"
about a kidnapping that destroys a once-happy family. Due out in late summer
2007, the film also stars Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello under the direction of
Mike Barker. Butler recently wrapped production on the romantic drama "P.S.
I Love You," directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank as a
young widow whose late husband left behind a series of letters to help her cope
with his loss and get on with her life.
In 2004, Butler won the coveted title role in the film version of Andrew
Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." He also earned critical
acclaim for his work opposite Emily Mortimer in the independent feature
"Dear Frankie," which screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Butler's other recent film credits include "Beowulf & Grendel,"
"The Game of Their Lives," "Timeline," "Lara Croft Tomb
Raider: The Cradle of Life" and "Reign of Fire."
Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at the age of 12 in the musical
"Oliver," at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his
dreams of acting were deterred and he went on to study law for seven years
before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, he landed the lead role in the
acclaimed stage production of "Trainspotting." He later starred on the
London stage in such plays as "Snatch" and the Donmar Warehouse
production of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer," opposite
In 1997, Butler made his feature film debut in John Madden's award-winning
drama "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown," starring Judi Dench. His early film
work also includes "Fast Food," "One More Kiss," the 1999
screen adaptation of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," and
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