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JEREMY IRONS 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 1984 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 starred again with Glenn Close in "Reversal of Fortune,” the film based on the re-trial of Claus von Bulow. For this performance, Irons received the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Irons went on to work on films including Steven Soderbergh's "Kafka,” David Cronenberg's "M. Butterfly,” and Bille August's "The House of the Spirits,” with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. In 1994, Irons created the voice of Scar for Disney's animated film "The Lion King.” He followed with the action film "Die Hard with a Vengeance,” co-starring Bruce Willis, and Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty,” co-starring Liv Tyler. 1n 1998, Irons traveled to Hong Kong to make Wayne Wang's "Chinese Box,” to be followed by production on "Man in the Iron Mask,” in which he co-starred with Gerard Depardieu, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Malkovich. He also played Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's controversial film "Lolita,” which in the United States appeared on Showtime. This was followed by "Longitude,” an A&E Granada film that premiered on the BBC.

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. He also starred in István Szabó's film "Being Julia” opposite Annette Bening. In late 2004, Irons played Antonio in Michael Radford's production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice,” co-starring Al Pacino. In spring 2005, Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven” was released, in which Irons co-starred opposite Orlando Bloom.

"Casanova,” by Lasse Hallström, was released Christmas 2005; Irons co-starred opposite Heath Ledger. In 2005/6, Twentieth Century Fox's "Eragon,” directed by Stefen Fangmeier, featuring Irons as Brom, was released, as well as David Lynch's "Inland Empire.” "Appaloosa” was Irons' next film role. He played Randall Bragg in Robert Knott and Ed Harris' 2008 screen adaptation of Robert Parker's 2006 novel by the same name. The film, directed by and costarring Ed Harris, also features Viggo Mortensen and Renée Zellweger.

Irons also co-starred opposite Joan Allen in the TV movie "O'Keeffe,” as Georgia O'Keeffe's husband Alfred Stieglitz. The film, directed by Academy-Award nominee Bob Balaban and written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Michael Cristofer, aired in late 2009 on Lifetime. For his portrayal of Stieglitz, Irons was nominated for both a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

In 2010 Irons began production on "The Borgias,” series to air on Showtime in 2011. Irons stars as the infamous Borgia family patriarch and Pope Rodrigo Borgia.

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