JUDE LAW (Dr. Jonathan Banks) is considered one of Britain's finest actors, with a
wealth and variety of film and theatre performances to his credit.
In December 2011, he reunited with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr., on SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, reprising his role from the global box-office success SHERLOCK HOLMES. In 2012 he starred in Fernando Meirelles's 360 with Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins
and Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA opposite Keira Knightley. He recently performed in the West
End's ANNA CHRISTIE to rave reviews and starred in Steven Soderbergh's CONTAGION alongside Matt
Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet.
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:
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 UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.
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 debut.
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 Jude Law a Cesar 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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