RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
JUDE LAW (Pitch) is considered one of Britain's finest actors, with a wealth and
variety of film and theater performances to his credit.
In November 2012, Law will star opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright's "Anna
Karenina." Last year, he reunited with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr., on
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," reprising his role from the global
boxoffice success "Sherlock Holmes"; starred in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet and starred in Fernando
Meirelles's "360" with Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins. He recently performed
in the West End's "Anna Christie" to rave reviews.
In 2009, Law starred in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production of
Shakespeare's "Hamlet," first in London's West End and then reprising the role
on Broadway, earning him a second Tony nomination.
On the big screen, Law first drew major critical attention for his performance
as Oscar Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, in 1997's "Wilde," for which he won
an Evening Standard British Film Award. He went on to earn international acclaim
for his work in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Law's performance
as doomed golden boy Dickie Greenleaf brought him both Oscar and Golden Globe
nominations, as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Law was later honored with Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, for
Best Actor in a Leading Role, for his role in the 2003 Civil War epic "Cold
Mountain," also directed by Minghella. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination
for his role in Steven Spielberg's "AI: Artificial Intelligence."
In 2004, Law starred in five very different films, including two for which he
shared acting ensemble honors: Mike Nichols' acclaimed drama "Closer," also
starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, with whom he won the
National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble; and Martin Scorsese's epic
biopic "The Aviator," for which he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award
nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. That same year, Law starred in "Alfie,"
playing the title role under the direction of Charles Shyer; David O. Russell's
"I Heart Huckabees"; and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," which he also
produced. In addition, he lent his voice to "Lemony Snicket's A Series of
His wide range of film credits also includes Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of
Dr. Parnassus"; Kenneth Branagh's "Sleuth," which he also produced; Wong Kar
Wai's first English-language film, "My Blueberry Nights"; Nancy Meyers' romantic
comedy hit "The Holiday," with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black;
"Breaking and Entering," which reunited him with Anthony Minghella; Sam Mendes'
"Road to Perdition," with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman; Jean-Jacques Annaud's
"Enemy at the Gates"; David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ"; Clint Eastwood's "Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil"; and "Gattaca," which marked his American film
Law began his career on the stage, acting with the National Youth Theatre at the
age of 12. 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, where Law received a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting
Actor. His subsequent stage work includes "`Tis Pity She's a Whore" at London's
Young Vic Theatre and a highly acclaimed performance in the title role of
Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus," both directed by David Lan. Law was
recently closely involved in the fundraising efforts for the major refurbishment
of the Young Vic Theatre.
In 2007, the French Academy awarded Law a CĂ©sar d'Honneur in recognition of his
contribution to cinema, and the government of France named him a Chevalier de
l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his artistic achievements.
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