JONATHAN PRYCE (CC Frazier) studied at RADA and, upon graduating,
joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company for an 18-month season followed by a
season at the Nottingham Playhouse under the direction of Richard Eyre, before returning
to the Everyman for a season as artistic director.
In 1975, Pryce starred in Comedians, by Trevor Griffiths and directed by Richard
Eyre at The Old Vic, London, and subsequently starred in the New York production
directed by Mike Nichols, where he won his first Tony Award. This was followed by a
season with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he starred in The Taming of the
Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra and Measure for Measure. In 1980, Pryce won an Olivier
Award for his definitive and highly acclaimed Hamlet, directed by Richard Eyre at the
Royal Court, and in 1982, starred in Tally’s Folly at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith,
opposite Hayley Mills.
Pryce’s early feature film credits include Voyage of the Damned, Breaking Glass,
Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Ploughman’s Lunch, Man on Fire, Consuming
Passions (opposite Vanessa Redgrave), Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Terry Gilliam’s The
Adventures of Baron Munchausen and his award-winning film Brazil.
In November 1984, Pryce starred as The Fool in Accidental Death of an Anarchist
on Broadway, and then returned to England to star in The Doctor and the Devils, directed
by Freddie Francis. His other theater credits include The Seagull, opposite Vanessa
Redgrave; Macbeth, at the RSC in 1986; and Uncle Vanya. In 1980, he created the role
of The Engineer in Miss Saigon, for which he was awarded the Tony, Drama Desk,
Olivier and Outer Circle Critics awards for Best Actor in a musical. Then came Oliver!;
My Fair Lady; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Broadway; and The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? at
the Almeida Theatre and the West End, which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor
from the Olivier Awards. Most recently, he played Shelley Levine in Glengarry Glen
Ross in London’s West End.
Pryce’s television work includes playing the lead role of Wallace in the BBC TV
film The Man from the Pru; starring as Gerd Heidemann in the four-part telefilm Selling
Hitler; starring in Great Moments in Aviation for BBC Films, directed by Beeban Kidron;
playing Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street Irregulars, directed by Julian Kemp and
produced by RDF Media for the BBC; and starring in Thicker Than Water for BBC TV.
Later this year, he will be seen co-starring with Uma Thurman in My Zinc Bed for HBO.
Pryce’s film work in the ’90s includes Barbarians at the Gate, The Age of
Innocence, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington (Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival,
1995), Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Ronin and Stigmata.
Pryce’s recent film work includes The Affair of the Necklace, What a Girl Wants,
the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, De-Lovely, The Brothers Grimm and The New
World. Pryce is currently in production on G.I. Joe: Dark Sky.
In December 2006, Pryce was awarded an honorary doctorate from Liverpool
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