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Jude Law


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David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972), known professionally as Jude Law, is an English actor, film producer and director.

He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989. After starring in films directed by Andrew Niccol, Clint Eastwood and David Cronenberg, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, Cold Mountain. He is also known for his role as Dr. John Watson in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes and its 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

In 2006, he was ranked as one of the top ten most bankable film stars in Hollywood. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He was a member of the main competition jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Early life

Law was born in Lewisham, South London, the second child of comprehensive school teachers Margaret Anne (née Heyworth) and Peter Robert Law; his father later became, according to Law, "the youngest headmaster in London". He has a sister, Natasha. Law was named after a "bit of both" the book Jude the Obscure and the Beatles song "Hey Jude". He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Lewisham, and was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath and Kidbrooke School, before attending the Alleyn's School.

Career

1980s"1990s

In 1987, Law began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre. He played various roles in the Edinburgh Fringe-awarded play The Ragged Child. One of his first major stage roles was Foxtrot Darling in Philip Ridley's The Fastest Clock in the Universe. Law went on to appear as Michael in the West End production of Jean Cocteau's tragicomedy Les Parents terribles, directed by Sean Mathias. For this play, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer, and he received the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

Following a title change to Indiscretions, the play was reworked and transferred to Broadway in 1995, where Law acted opposite Kathleen Turner, Roger Rees and Cynthia Nixon. This role earned him a Tony Award nomination and the Theatre World Award. In 1989, Law got his first television role, in a film based on the Beatrix Potter children's book, The Tailor of Gloucester. After minor roles in British television, including a two-year stint in the Granada TV soap opera Families, the leading role in the BFI /Channel 4 short The Crane, Law had his breakthrough with the British crime drama Shopping, which also featured his future wife, Sadie Frost, and a minor role in the episode "Shoscombe Old Place" in Granada's television series Sherlock Holmes.

In 1997, he became more widely known with his role in the Oscar Wilde bio-pic Wilde. Law won the "Most Promising Newcomer" award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards for his role as Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, the glamorous young lover of Stephen Fry's Wilde. In Andrew Niccol's science fiction film Gattaca, Law played the role of a disabled former swimming star living in a eugenics-obsessed dystopia. In Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, he played the role of the ill-fated hustler murdered by an art dealer, played by Kevin Spacey.

For The Talented Mr. Ripley in 1999, Law learned to play saxophone and earned an MTV Movie Award nomination with Matt Damon and Fiorello for performing the song "Tu vuò fà l'americano" by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno.

2000s

In 2001, Law starred as Russian sniper Vasily Zaytsev in the film Enemy at the Gates, and learned ballet dancing for the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). In 2002, he played a mob hitman in Sam Mendes's 1930s period drama Road to Perdition. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley in 1999, and then again for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Cold Mountain in 2003. Both films were directed by Anthony Minghella. Law, an admirer of Laurence Olivier, suggested the actor's image be included in the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Using computer graphics, footage of the young Olivier was merged into the film, playing Dr. Totenkopf, a mysterious scientific genius and supervillain. Also in 2004, he portrayed the title character in Alfie, the remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 film, playing the role originated by Michael Caine. Law was one of the Top Ten 2006 A-list of the most bankable film stars in Hollywood, according to the Ulmer Scale. On 1 March 2007, he was honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres conferred by the French government, in recognition of his contribution to World Cinema Arts. He was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

He took on another of Caine's earlier roles in the 2007 film Sleuth, adapted by Nobel Laureate in Literature Harold Pinter, while Caine played the role originated by Sir Laurence Olivier.

Law is one of three actors who took over the role of actor Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Along with Law, actors Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell portray "three separate dimensions in the film." He appeared opposite Forest Whitaker in the dark science fiction comedy Repo Men and as Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's adaption of Sherlock Holmes, alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams, as well as the 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Law starred as a celebrity supermodel in the film Rage, and blogger and "prophet" Alan Krumwiede in the 2011 medical thriller Contagion.

Hamlet

In May 2009, Law returned to the London stage to portray the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse West End season at Wyndham's Theatre. The BBC reported "a fine and solid performance" but included other reviews of Law's interpretation that were mixed. There was a further run of the production at Elsinore Castle in Denmark from 25"30 August 2009. In September 2009 the production transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. Again, the critics failed to agree on the merit of Law's interpretation: London's Daily Mail found only positive reviews, but The Washington Post felt that the much-anticipated performance was "highly disappointing". Nonetheless, he was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. In January 2010 at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards ceremony he was presented with the John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for his 2009 Hamlet.

Other projects

Advertising

Law is the face of the male perfume of Dior, Dior Homme Sport. Since 2005, he has represented Dunhill as an "apparel ambassador" in Asia. In 2008, he became the international face of Dunhill and appears in the worldwide advertising campaigns.

In 2002, he directed a Respect for Animals anti-fur cinema commercial. The commercial, titled "Fur and Against", used music composed by Gary Kemp, and included appearances by Law, Chrissie Hynde, Moby, George Michael, Danny Goffey, Rhys Ifans, Sadie Frost, Helena Christensen, Sir Paul McCartney, Mel C and Stella McCartney.

Realtime Movie

In early 2007 Law shot the Jason Martin-directed short film "Realtime Movie Trailer" at Borough Market, South London. Instead of promoting a film, this "trailer", which appeared among regular trailers in selected cinemas across London starting 19 November 2007, advertised a live event, Realtime Movie, by Polish artist Pawe"? Althamer. Hundreds turned up for this"unfilmed"re-enactment in real time of the sequence of events shown in "Realtime Movie Trailer" by the same actors, including Althamer as a Polish labourer, held at Borough Market on 30 November 2007. The performance was commissioned by Tate Modern as part of its "The World as a Stage" exhibition which explored the boundaries between arts and reality.

Charity activities

In 2004, Law launched a campaign to raise £2.5 million towards the Young Vic Theatre's £12.5 million redevelopment project. He is currently Chairman of the Young Vic committee and has said that he is proud to help make the Young Vic "a nurturing bed" for young directors. In 2006, he joined Robbie Williams in the "Soccer Aid" celebrity football match to benefit UNICEF.

In 2006, he starred in an anthology of Samuel Beckett readings and performances directed by director Anthony Minghella. With the Beckett Gala Evening at the Reading Town Hall, more than £22,000 was donated for the Macmillan Cancer Support. Also in 2006, Frost and Law directed a Shakespeare play in a South African orphanage. He travelled to Durban with Frost and their children in order to help children who have lost their parents to AIDS. In July 2007, as patron of the charity, he helped kick off the month-long tour of the AIDS-themed musical Thula Sizwe by the Young Zulu Warriors. Also in 2007, he encouraged the Friends of the Earth/the Big Ask campaign, asking British Government to take action against climate change.

Law does charity work for organisations such as Make Poverty History, the Rhys Daniels Trust, and the WAVE Trauma Centre. He supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Pride of Britain Awards.

He is the chairman of the Music For Tomorrow Foundation to help rebuild Katrina-devastated New Orleans.

Jude Law serves as an ambassador of the Prince of Wales' Children and the Arts Foundation. He supports Breast Cancer Care, and in December 2008 he supported the Willow Foundation with a small canvas for their campaign Stars on Canvas. In April 2009 he supported the charity Education Africa with the gift of a mask he had painted and signed himself. The campaign was launched on eBay by Education Africa.

Stars including Dame Judi Dench and Jude Law have helped save St Stephen's Church in Hampstead. The celebrities supported the campaign, which raised £4.5 million to refurbish the Victorian church in North London. The building reopened in March 2009 as an arts and community centre.

Peace activities

In July 2007, Jude Law and Jeremy Gilley were in Afghanistan over a period of 10 days to document peace commitments and activities there for an upcoming film and for marking the UN International Day of Peace. Accompanied by UNICEF Representative Catherine Mbengue, they travelled and filmed in dangerous areas of eastern Afghanistan with a film crew, interviewing children, government ministers, community leaders and UN officials. They also filmed at schools and visited various UNICEF-supported programmes inside and outside the capital Kabul. The efforts of Peace One Day are coordinated in celebration of the annual International Day of Peace, on 21 September. The film, named The Day After Peace, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. On 21 September 2008, the film was shown at a gala screening at the Royal Albert Hall.

On 30 August 2008, Law and Gilley returned to Afghanistan to help keep a momentum around Peace Day. They met President Hamid Karzai, top NATO and UN officials, and members of the aid community. They also screened the new documentary about the efforts in support of peace. The documentary features activities that took place throughout Afghanistan in 2007. It also highlights support from UNICEF and the WHO for the peaceful immunisation of 1.4 million children against polio in insecure areas.

Belarus

In 2011 Law joined street protests against Alexander Lukashenko and Lukashenko's brutal crackdown on the Belarusian democracy movement.

Personal life

Law's parents live in Vaudelnay, France, where they run their own drama school and theatre. His sister Natasha is an illustrator and artist, living in London.

Law met actress Sadie Frost while working on the film Shopping. They married on 2 September 1997 and divorced on 29 October 2003. He has three children with Frost: son Rafferty (born 1996), daughter Iris (born 2000), and son Rudy (born 2002).

While making the film Alfie in late 2003, Law and co-star Sienna Miller began a relationship, becoming engaged on Christmas Day 2004. On 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. Miller and Law separated in November 2006.

On 29 July 2009, it was announced that Law would become a father for the fourth time following a brief relationship with American model Samantha Burke in 2008. Burke gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, in September 2009 in New York.

In December 2009, it was reported that Law and Miller had rekindled their relationship after starring in separate shows on Broadway in late 2009. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children. They announced they had split again in February 2011.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1989 ' Sam, Mayor's Stableboy Television film
1990 Families Nathan Thompson Television series
1991 ' Joe Barnes Television series; Episode: "Shoscombe Old Place"
1992 ' Young Man Short film
1993 ' Bruno Television series
1994 Shopping Billy
1996 I Love You, I Love You Not Ethan
1997 Bent Stormtrooper
1997 Wilde Lord Alfred Douglas Evening Standard British Film Award "? Most Promising Newcomer
1997 Gattaca Jerome Eugene Morrow
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Billy Carl Hanson
1998 Music from Another Room Danny
1998 Final Cut Jude
1998 ' Steven Grlscz aka Immortality
1999 eXistenZ Ted Pikul
1999 Tube Tales (director) "A Bird in the Hand"
1999 Presence of Mind Secretary
1999 ' Dickie Greenleaf BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor " Suspense
Santa Fe Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Empire Award "? Best British Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Motion Picture
Nominated"?London Critics Circle Film Award "? British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated"?MTV Movie Award "? Best Musical Performance
Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Teen Choice Award "? Film Choice Breakout Performance
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor " Motion Picture
2000 Love, Honour and Obey Jude
2000 Happy M'Gee Tony M'Gee Short film
2001 Enemy at the Gates Vasily Zaytsev Nominated"?European Film Award Audience Award for Best Actor
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Gigolo Joe Nominated"?Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Motion Picture
Nominated"?Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Road to Perdition Harlen Maguire Nominated"?Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated"?London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Supporting Actor
Nominated"?Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2003 Cold Mountain W.P. Inman Nominated"?Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated"?Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actor " Motion Picture Drama
Nominated"?IFTA Award " People's Choice Award for Best International Actor
Nominated"?London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Actor
Nominated"?MTV Movie Award "? Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
2004 I ? Huckabees Brad Stand
2004 Alfie Alfie
2004 Closer Dan National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated"?Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2004 ' Errol Flynn Nominated"?Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Sky Captain / Joseph Sullivan Nominated"?MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Gwyneth Paltrow
Nominated"?Visual Effects Society Awards 2004 " Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket Voice only
2006 All the King's Men Jack Burden
2006 Breaking & Entering Will Francis
2006 ' Graham Nominated"?MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Cameron Diaz
Nominated"?NRJ Ciné Award for Best Kiss shared with Cameron Diaz
2007 My Blueberry Nights Jeremy
2007 Sleuth Milo Tindle
2009 Rage Minx
2009 ' Tony (2nd transformation)
2009 Sherlock Holmes Dr. John Watson Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Repo Men Remy
2011 Contagion Alan Krumwiede
2011 Hugo Hugo's Father
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Dr. John Watson
2012 360 Michael Daly
2012 Anna Karenina Alexei Karenin
2012 Rise of the Guardians Pitch (The Boogeyman) Voice only
Nominated " Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2013 Side Effects Dr. Jonathan Banks
2013 Dom Hemingway Dom Hemingway Post-Production
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Filming
2014 Black Sea Filming

Soundtrack contributions

  • "Ah, Leave Me Not to Pine", (The Pirates of Penzance), performed in Wilde, (1997)
  • "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano", performed in The Talented Mr. Ripley, with Matt Damon, Fiorello and the Guy Barker International Quintet, (1999)
  • "Avenues and Alleyways", the 1973 Tony Christie song, performed with other crew members in Love, Honour and Obey, (2000)
  • "Rock On", the David Essex song, performed in Love, Honour and Obey, (2000)
  • "Opening song", performed in NBC's Saturday Night Live, with Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Ashlee Simpson, (2004)

Theatre

Year Title Role Director Playwright Venue
1987 Bodywork Adrenalin Richard Stilgoe National Youth Music Theatre production
Northcott Theatre, Exeter (The Exeter Festival)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1988 The Ragged Child Various roles Jeremy James Taylor
Frank Whately
National Youth Music Theatre production
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Networked by BBC Television
1988 The Little Rats Peter Allwood
Jeremy James Taylor
David Scott
National Youth Music Theatre production
George Square Theatre (Edinburgh International Festival)
National Theatre of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki
The Opera House (The Municipal Theatre), Piraeus
1989 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tim Rice
National Youth Music Theatre production
Herriot Hall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
1989 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht National Youth Music Theatre production
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1990 Captain Stirrick Ned Stirrick Eileen Chivers Jeremy James Taylor
David Scott
National Youth Music Theatre production
George Square Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
1992 The Fastest Clock in the Universe Foxtrot Darling Jo Bonney Philip Ridley Hampstead Theatre
1992 Pygmalion Freddie George Bernard Shaw Tour through Italy
1993 The Snow Orchid Blaise Tim Luscombe Joe Pintauro Gate Theatre
1993 Live Like Pigs Col Kate Mitchell John Arden Royal Court Theatre, 1 October " 30 November 1993
1993 Death of a Salesman Happy Matthew Warchus Arthur Miller West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
1994 Les Parents terribles Michael Sean Mathias Jean Cocteau Lyttelton Theatre
1995 Indiscretions Michael Sean Mathias Jean Cocteau Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, 27 April " 4 November 1995
1995 Ion Ion Nicholas Wright Euripides Royal Shakespeare Company production
The Pit at Barbican Arts Centre
1999 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni David Lan John Ford Young Vic Theatre
2002 Doctor Faustus Doctor Faustus David Lan Christopher Marlowe Young Vic Theatre
2006 Beckett at Reading, Gala Evening Anthony Minghella Samuel Beckett Concert Hall, Reading, 2 April 2006
2009 Hamlet Hamlet Michael Grandage William Shakespeare Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre, 29 May " 22 August 2009
Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, 25 " 30 August 2009
Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, 6 October " 6 December 2009
2011 Anna Christie Mat Burke Rob Ashford Eugene O'Neill Donmar Warehouse, 4 August " 8 October 2011
2013"2014 Henry V Henry V Michael Grandage William Shakespeare Noël Coward Theatre, 23 November 2013 " 15 February 2014

Awards and nominations

MTV Movie Award
2003 Nominated MTV Movie Award as Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer

ShoWest Award
2004 Won ShoWest Award as Male Star of the Year

People's Choice Award
2005 Nominated People's Choice Award as Favorite Leading Man

César Awards
2007 Won César Awards as Honorary César

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2010 Won President's Prize

Theatre

Laurence Olivier Award
1994 Nominated Laurence Olivier Award as Best Newcomer in a Play for: Les Parents terribles (1994)
2010 Nominated Laurence Olivier Award as Best Leading Actor in a Play for: Hamlet (2010)
2012 Nominated Laurence Olivier Award as Best Leading Actor in a Play for: Anna Christie (2012)

Ian Charleson Award
1994 Won Ian Charleson Award as Outstanding Newcomer for: Les Parents terribles (1994)
1995 Won Ian Charleson Award as Best Young Classical Actor for: Ion (1995)
1999 Nominated Ian Charleson Award for: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1999)

Tony Award
1995 Nominated Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for: Indiscretions (1995)
2010 Nominated Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Play for: Hamlet (2010)

Theatre World Award
1995 Won Theatre World Award for: Indiscretions (1995)

Critics' Circle Theatre Award
2010 Won The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for: Hamlet (2010)

South Bank Show Award
2010 Won South Bank Show Award as Best Leading Actor for: Hamlet (2010)

Whatsonstage.com Award
2010 Won Whatsonstage.com Award as Best Leading Actor for: Hamlet (2010)
2012 Nominated Whatsonstage.com Award as Best Leading Actor for: Anna Christie (2011)

Falstaff Award
2010 Won Falstaff Award as Best Leading Actor for: Hamlet (2010)

Outer Critics Circle Award
2010 Nominated Outer Critics Circle Award as Best Leading Actor for: Hamlet (2010)

Drama League Award
2010 Nominated Drama League Award for Best Performance for: Hamlet (2010)

Drama Desk Award
2010 Nominated Drama Desk Award for Best Performance for: Hamlet (2010)



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