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Jason Flemyng
Born 25 September 1966 (1966-09-25) (age 43)
Putney, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Jason Flemyng (born 25 September 1966) is an English actor. He is known for his film work, which has included roles in British films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), both for Guy Ritchie, as well as Hollywood productions such as Rob Roy (1995) along with the Alan Moore comic book adaptations From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). He has also appeared in prominent roles in both theatre and television in the UK. Flemyng can speak reasonable French, and has made three films in that language.[1] He won the Best Actor Award at the Geneva Film Festival for his role in 1996's Alive and Kicking.[2]

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Early life and career

Flemyng was born in Putney, London, the son of Scottish film director Gordon Flemyng.[1] He decided he wanted to become an actor after appearing in theatrical productions at his school. "I always wanted to be an actor," he later told the BBC. "From the time I fancied a girl who played Dorothy in the school production of The Wizard of Oz. I auditioned for the role of the scarecrow so that I could have the most stage time with her, but she ended up running off with the tin man!"[3]

In the 1980s he was involved with the National Youth Theatre and the political organisation the Young Socialists.[1] He also became involved with the Labour Party's Militant tendency, and was expelled from Labour in 1987 for selling the Militant newspaper.[1] Flemyng has subsequently claimed that both his theatrical and political activities at this time were simply a way of meeting girls.[1] In 1990 he was admitted to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he was a classmate of Hermione Norris.[3] Following his graduation from LAMDA in the early 1990s he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1]

Television and film work

One of his first prominent roles on screen was a guest appearance in the American television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1992.[4] He was then a regular in the ITV drama series Doctor Finlay from 1993 to 1996.[1]

His first film appearance was in the 1994 version of The Jungle Book.[1] His first major cinema role was in Angela Pope's 1996 drama Hollow Reed, where he played a child abuser, followed by a main role in Guy Ritchie's popular 1998 London gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Flemyng later claimed to have lost so much money while playing poker with the film's backers in between takes on set that he had to work on the four days of re-shoots the film required for no fee.[5] He went on to appear in films such as The Red Violin and Deep Rising (1998), Snatch (2000), George A. Romero's Bruiser (2000) and Rock Star (2001).[4] Flemyng also starred in the short film Feeling Good, written by Dexter Fletcher, whom he met while working on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

In the early 2000s he featured in two big-budget Hollywood films which were adaptations of Alan Moore comic books; as John Netley in 2001's From Hell, with Johnny Depp, and 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with Sean Connery, in which Flemyng played Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.[6] The latter film was not a success, but Flemyng commented that: "It was a bit of a nightmare... the film cost a fortune and didn't make back the money it was meant to... But I still get a huge kick out of doing films like that and From Hell. Any day you walk onto a set and Sean Connery or Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt is there has to be a good day."[6]

In parallel with his film career, Flemyng has continued to take various television roles. He told BBC News Online in 2004 that: "Of the 40 feature films I've made, 15 of them failed to make it onto the screen and have only ever been seen by cast and crew. It is very frustrating when a film you really believe in remains unseen. That's not a problem with television. If you're a painter you don't paint a picture and then stick it under the bed - you want people to see it."[6] In 2005 he played the famous science-fiction role of Professor Bernard Quatermass when digital television channel BBC Four produced a live remake of the 1953 serial The Quatermass Experiment.[7] In 2005 he also played the part of Dimitry, a Russian ex-biological weapons specialist, in Transporter 2.

In 2009 Flemyng joined the cast of the ITV science fiction cult drama series Primeval during its third series, as maverick ex-policeman Danny Quinn.[8] He received top billing as the series' new star, taking over from Douglas Henshall. In March 2010 Flemyng earned a lead role in the war/horror film The 4th Reich.[9]

Personal life

Flemyng married Elly Fairman in the summer of 2008, in Tuscany.[10] He previously dated actress Lena Headey for nine years.[11] Flemyng enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons.[12]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Doctor Finlay Dr. David Neil TV
1994 The Jungle Book Lt. John Wilkins
1995 Rob Roy Gregor
1996 Stealing Beauty Gregory
Hollow Reed Frank Donally
Alive and Kicking Tonio
1997 The James Gang Frank James
The Life of Stuff Willie Dobie
Spiceworld: The Movie Brad
The Temptation of Franz Schubert Franz von Schober TV
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Tom
The Red Violin Frederick Pope
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Alec D'Urberville
Deep Rising Mulligan
1999 Alice in Wonderland The Knave of Hearts TV
Tube Tales Luke
2000 Snatch Darren (Pikey)
Bruiser Henry Creedlow
2001 Anazapta Nicholas
The Body Father Walter Winstead
From Hell John Netley
Mean Machine Bob Likely
The Bunker Cpl. Baumann
Rock Star Bobby Beers
2002 Below Stumbo
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
2004 Lighthouse Hill Charlie Davidson
Aaltra L'Anglais à la moto
Atomik Circus - Le retour de James Bataille James Bataille
When I'm 64 Little Ray TV
Drum Jim Bailey
Layer Cake Crazy Larry
Seed of Chucky Santa
Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Lawrence Redding TV
2005 A Woman in Winter David
Faith Martin TV
Transporter 2 Dimitry
The Quatermass Experiment Professor Bernard Quatermass TV
The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag Jim Corbett TV
2006 Pu-239 Vlad
Rollin' with the Nines Capt. Fleming
Losing Gemma Zac TV
Telling Lies Jack Munro
Backwaters Jason Weiss
2007 Stardust Primus
The Death and Life of Bobby Z Brian Cervier
The Riddle Don Roberts CEO
2008 Mirrors Larry Byrne
Shifty Glen
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Thomas Button
2009 Solomon Kane Malachi
Primeval Danny Quinn TV
City of Life Guy Berger
2010 Viy. Vozvrashchenie Dzhonatan Grin
Clash of the Titans Acrisius
Ironclad Beckett

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