A classically trained stage actor and former member of London's famed Royal
Shakespeare Company, JARED HARRIS (Frank Heslop) prolific
career continuously showcases his ability to easily transition from one
character to another, garnering him great praise and keeping him in the company
of some of today's most creative talent in film, television and stage.
Harris' extensive film career includes Steven Spielberg's Academy Award
nominated biopic, Lincoln, in which he played the iconic Civil War hero 'General
Ulysses S. Grant' opposite Daniel Day Lewis; his portrayal of the villain
'Professor Moriarty' in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opposite Robert
Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Noomi Rapace; his appearance alongside Brad Pitt and
Cate Blanchett in David Fincher's Academy Award nominated 2008 film, The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button; and a riveting portrayal of Andy Warhol in the
acclaimed independent film I Shot Andy Warhol.
In 2015, Harris completed principal photography on two independent films - The
Last Face and Certain Women. The Last Face, which also stars Charlize Theron,
Jean Reno and Javier Bardem, was directed and produced by Sean Penn. In the
film, Harris plays a doctor working in war torn Africa for Doctors Without
Borders. In Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt, Harris plays a rancher
who seeks legal aid from a lawyer played by Laura Dern. The film, which also
stars Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film
Harris most recently appeared on the big screen in Guy Ritchie's Man from
U.N.C.L.E., which also stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and
Luca Calvani. The Warner Bros. film, a big-screen update of the 1960s TV series,
was released August 14, 2015. That summer, Harris could also be seen in Gil
Kenan's Poltergeist, a contemporized remake of the classic tale about a family
whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. In this film, which also stars
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, Harris plays a ghost hunter/television
personality who is called in to help the family get their daughter back from the
In 2014, marking his foray into children's cinema, Harris' voice was heard as
"Lord Portley-Rind" in Focus Features' Academy Award nominated animated film,
The Boxtrolls. The 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature is a comedic
fable that takes place in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with
cheese by day; plagued by the mysterious Boxtrolls by night. Prior to this,
Harris starred in John Pogue's horror film The Quiet Ones, Paul W.S. Anderson's
action drama Pompeii, and the young adult fantasy adaptation The Mortal
Instruments: City of Bones, opposite Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower,
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey.
This year, Harris will star as "King George" in the Netflix series The Crown
from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen
Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours). The series is inspired by the play The
Audience, which centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to
prime ministers that date from her accession in 1952 to the present day.
In 2015 Harris was equally busy behind and in front of the television camera. He
went behind the camera for the first time to direct the eleventh episode, "Time
and Life," of the final season of AMC's award-winning hit drama Mad Men. Harris
had previously starred in the show for two seasons as a 1960's ad executive
'Lane Pryce.' The role earned Harris his first Primetime Emmy nomination in the
category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Harris appeared on
screen as 'Anderson Dawes' in The Expanse, a limited series for Syfy.
Harris made his film debut in 1989's The Rachel Papers, which was also the
directorial debut of his brother Damian, and has since gone on to appear in over
fifty films in a wide array of roles, including the sleazy Russian cab driver,
Vladimir, in Todd Solondz's Happiness, for which the cast received the 1999
National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award. Additional credits include
Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans; Sylvia; Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man;
Jonathan Nossiter's Sunday, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance
Film Festival; Igby Goes Down; Mr. Deeds; Michael Radford's B. Monkey; Wayne
Wang's Smoke; and John Carpenter's The Ward, among others.
Harris has accumulated an impressive list of television credits in both England
and the U.S., including highly acclaimed performances as Henry VIII for the BBC
production of The Other Boleyn Girl, John Lennon in the 2000 television drama
and original VH1 film Two of Us, and the starring role in BBC's dramatization of
Simon Mann's failed attempt to overthrow the oil rich African nation Equatorial
Guinea in Coup! Additional BBC credits include the mini-series To the Ends of
the Earth, and The Shadow in the North. Stateside, Harris has been seen in
recurring roles for both The Riches, in cult hit Fringe, and has guest-starred
on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Without a Trace.
Harris has appeared with some of the most renowned theater companies in both
London and New York. His first theatre job at the Royal Shakespeare Company was
in Mark Rylance's Hamlet, which is considered to be the defining interpretation
of his generation. Harris made his American stage debut as Hotspur in the New
York Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2. He then went on to perform
with the company in both Tis Pity She's A Whore and King Lear. Additional stage
credits include the New Group's Obie Award-winning production of Mike Leigh's
Ecstasy, the New Jersey Shakespeare Company's experimental production of Hamlet,
in which he played the title role, the Almeida Theatre's production of Tennessee
William's bittersweet comedy A Period of Adjustment, and the Vineyard Theater's
production of More Lies About Jerzy.
Harris was born in London, and is the son of Irish actor, Richard Harris. He
attended North Carolina's Duke University, where he majored in drama and
literature and after graduation he studied at the Central School of Speech and
Drama in London. Harris currently resides in Los Angeles.
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