Two times Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner JUDE LAW is one of the most sought
after talents in the acting world, winning awards for both his film and theatre
For his early performance as Bosie in the film Wilde, opposite Stephen Fry and
Vanessa Redgrave, he won the London Film Critics Circle Award and the Evening
Standard Award. His American film debut was in the futuristic Gattaca opposite
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
It was his performance as the charmed and charming Dickie Greenleaf in the late
Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley that brought him to the attention of
a worldwide audience and garnered him his first Academy Award and Golden Globe
nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. He won the BAFTA Award for the role. He
worked with Minghella in two further films: Cold Mountain for which he was again
nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, this time as Best Actor, and the
small-scale and intimate Breaking and Entering.
Other films include Sam Mendes' Road To Perdition, David Cronenberg's Existenz,
Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Jean-Jacques Annaud's
World War II epic Enemy at the Gates, Mike Nichols' Closer, based on the
original play by Patrick Marber, opposite Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie
Portman. He starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with Gwyneth
Paltrow, and played Alfie for director Charles Shyer. In addition, Law played
supporting roles as Errol Flynn in Martin Scorcese's Oscar-nominated epic The
Aviator, and in I Heart Huckabees directed by David O Russell. He starred with
Sean Penn in All the King's Men and with Cameron Diaz in The Holiday, In 2007 he
produced and starred in Sleuth with Michael Caine, directed by Kenneth Branagh
and scripted by Harold Pinter and in 2008 he starred with Norah Jones in Wong
Kar Wei's first English language film, My Blueberry Nights.
Also in 2008 he completed work on Repo Men, a futuristic thriller in which he
starred with Forrest Whittaker for director Miguel Sapochnik. He stepped into
the late Heath Ledger's role in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus,
a role he shared with Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.
He played a telling cameo as a cross-dressing model in Sally Potter's film Rage
which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009 and in 2009/2010 had a huge
success as Dr Watson in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr
as Sherlock Holmes. The film was a huge commercial and critical success and a
sequel is in production.
He will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, Martin Scorsese's Hugo
Cabret and will voice a role in the DreamWorks' animation Guardians.
Law's theatre work has been critically acclaimed. In 1994 he created the role of
Michael in Jean Cocteau's play Les Parents Terribles for which he was nominated
for the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. The play was renamed
Indiscretions when it moved to Broadway and where he received a Tony nomination
for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
He has worked with director David Lan at London's Young Vic Theatre where he
starred in Tis Pity She's a Whore and also starred in Christopher Marlowe's Dr
Faustus in a highly acclaimed performance. In 2005-2006, Law was closely
involved in the fund-raising efforts for the major refurbishment of the Young
Vic Theatre. In 2009 he took on Hamlet for the Donmar Theatre's season in the
West End, directed by Michael Grandage. The production, and his performance were
critically acclaimed and the play transferred to Broadway in September 2009
where it broke box office records for a production of Shakespeare. In February
2010 Law won the London Critics' Circle award for the Best Shakespearean
Performance and was nominated for both an Olivier and a Tony Award as Best
Actor. In 2011 he returned to the stage at the Donmar in Eugene O'Neill's Anna
Christie to critical acclaim.
In 2007 Law was awarded the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
medal and in the same year won a CĂ©sar Award for his contribution to cinema. He
is an Ambassador for the charity Peace One Day.
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