at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||David Jude Heyworth Law
29 December 1972
Lewisham, London, England
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Sadie Frost (1997â€“2003)|
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.
In 2006, he was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. In 2007, he received an Honorary CÃ©sar and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
Jude Law was born in Lewisham, South London, the second child of teachers Peter Law and Margaret Heyworth. He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Lewisham and he was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath and Kidbrooke School in Kidbrooke, before attending the Alleyn's School in Dulwich.
In 1987 Law began acting with 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 movie 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 and 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.
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 lover of Stephen Fry's Oscar Wilde. In Andrew Niccol's science fiction film Gattaca he 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. He also played a mob hitman in Sam Mendes's 1930s period drama Road to Perdition.
Law was one of the Top Ten 2006 A-list of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood, following the criteria of James Ulmer in 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 has been 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.
For The Talented Mr. Ripley he learned to play saxophone and earned a MTV Movie Award nomination with Matt Damon and Fiorello for performing the song "Tu vuÃ² fÃ l'americano" by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno. He learned ballet dancing for the film Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001).
Law, an admirer of Laurence Olivier, used the actor's image 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.
He portrayed the title character in Alfie, the remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 film, playing the role originated by Michael Caine. 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 sci-fi comedy Repo Men and as Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's adaption of Sherlock Holmes, alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams. Law stars as a celebrity supermodel in the film Rage.
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 25â€“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".. Nevertheless, 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.
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.
In spring 2007 Jude 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 Pawel Althamer. Hundreds turned up for this â€“ unfilmed â€“ re-enactment in real time of the sequence of events shown in "Realtime Movie Trailer" by the same actors, including Althamer as a Polish laborer, 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.
In 2004, Law launched a campaign to raise Â£2.5 million towards the Young Vic Theatre's Â£12.5 million redevelopment project. He is currently Chair of the Young Vic committee and has said that he is proud to help make the Young Vic "a nurturing bed" for young directors. He is an enthusiastic football fan and a supporter of the English football club Tottenham Hotspur. 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 Â£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 organizations 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.
Jude Law is an ambassador of HRH 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 Â£4.5 million to refurbish the Victorian church in north London. The building reopened in March 2009 as an arts and community centre.
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 treacherous 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 immunization of 1.4 million children against polio in insecure areas.
Law met Sadie Frost while working on the film Shopping. They married on 2 September 1997 and divorced on 29 October 2003. He is the father of a stepson, Finlay Munro (born 20 September 1990), and three biological children with Frost: son Rafferty (born 6 October 1996), daughter Iris (born 25 October 2000) and son Rudy (born 10 September 2002).
On 29 July 2009, it was announced that Law would become a father for the fourth time following a brief relationship with US model Samantha Burke in 2008. Burke gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, on 22 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 New York City in the Fall of 2009.. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children.
|1989||The Tailor of Gloucester||Sam, Mayor's Stableboy||(TV)|
|1991||The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes||Joe Barnes||(TV)|
|1992||The Crane||Young Man|
|1996||I Love You, I Love You Not||Ethan|
|Wilde||Lord Alfred Douglas||Evening Standard British Film Award â€” Most Promising Newcomer|
|Gattaca||Jerome Eugene Morrow|
|Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Billy Carl Hanson|
|1998||Music From Another Room||Danny|
|The Wisdom of Crocodiles||Steven Grlscz||aka Immortality|
|Presence of Mind||Secretary|
|The Talented Mr. Ripley||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 â€” Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated â€” Empire Award â€” Best British Actor
Nominated â€” Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor â€“ Motion Picture
Nominated â€” London Critics Circle Film Award â€” British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated â€” MTV Movie Award â€” Best Musical Performance
Nominated â€” Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated â€” Teen Choice Award â€” Film Choice Breakout Performance
Nominated â€” Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor â€“ Motion Picture
|Tube Tales||(director)||"A Bird in the Hand"|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Jude|
|Happy M'Gee||Tony M'Gee|
|2001||Enemy at the Gates||Vasily Zaitsev||Nominated â€” European Film Award Audience Award for Best Actor|
|Artificial Intelligence: A.I.||Gigolo Joe||Nominated â€” Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated â€” Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor â€“ Motion Picture
Nominated â€” Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated â€” Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2002||Road to Perdition||Harlen Maguire||Nominated â€” Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated â€” London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Supporting Actor
Nominated â€” Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2003||Cold Mountain||W. P. Inman||Nominated â€” Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated â€” BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated â€” Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated â€” Golden Globe Award for Best Actor â€“ Motion Picture Drama
Nominated â€” IFTA Award â€“ People's Choice Award for Best International Actor
Nominated â€” London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Actor
Nominated â€” MTV Movie Award â€” Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
Nominated â€” Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
|2004||I â™¥ Huckabees||Brad Stand|
|Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Sky Captain / Joseph Sullivan||Also Producer
Nominated â€” MTV Movie Award - Best Kiss shared with Gwyneth Paltrow
Nominated â€” Visual Effects Society Awards 2004 - Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film
|Closer||Dan||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated â€” Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
|The Aviator||Errol Flynn||Nominated â€” Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Lemony Snicket||Voice|
|ShoWest Convention /ShoWest Award â€” Male Star of the Year
Nominated â€” People's Choice Award â€” Favorite Leading Man
|2006||All the King's Men||Jack Burden|
|Breaking & Entering||Will Francis|
|The Holiday||Graham||Nominated â€” MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Cameron Diaz|
|2007||My Blueberry Nights||Jeremy|
|Sleuth||Milo Tindle||Also producer|
|The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Tony (2nd transformation)|
|Sherlock Holmes||Dr. John Watson||Nominated â€” Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2010||Repo Men||Remy, a repo man|
|1987||Bodywork||Adrenalin||Richard Stilgoe||NYMT/The Northcott Theatre, Exeter/(The Exeter Festival), The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.|
|1988â€“1989||The Little Rats||P. Allwood,
Jeremy James Taylor, David Scott
|NYMT/The George Square Theatre/The Edinburgh International Festival, The National Theatre Thesalonika, The Opera House Piraeus, Sadler's Wells Theatre, The Northcott Theatre, Exeter.|
|1988||The Ragged Child||various roles:
Clerk of the Court,
Sir Peter Dykewater,
Timothy, an aristocrat
|Jeremy James Taylor, Frank Whately||NYMT/Sadler's Wells Theatre, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, BBC Television, (Networked).|
|1989||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Joseph||Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice||NYMT/Herriot Hall The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.|
|1989â€“1990||Captain Stirrick||Ned Stirrick||Eileen Chivers||Jeremy James Taylor, David Scott||NYMT/Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells Theatre, The George Square Theatre /The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.|
|The Caucasian Chalk Circle||Bertolt Brecht||NYMT/The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sadler's Wells Theatre.|
|1992||The Fastest Clock In The Universe||Foxtrot Darling||Jo Bonney||Philip Ridley||Hampstead Theatre|
|Pygmalion||Freddie||George Bernard Shaw||Toured Italy|
|1993||The Snow Orchid||Blaise||Joe Pintauro||Gate Theatre|
|Live Like Pigs||Col||Kate Mitchell||John Arden||Royal Court Theatre|
|Death of a Salesman||Happy||Matthew Warchus||Arthur Miller||West Yorkshire Playhouse|
|1994||Les parents terribles||Michael||Sean Mathias||Jean Cocteau||Royal National Theatre (Lyttelton)|
|1995||Indiscretions||Michael||Sean Mathias||Jean Cocteau||Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway|
|Ion||Ion||Nicholas Wright||Euripides||Barbican Arts Centre (The Pit)/Royal Shakespeare Company|
|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||Reading Town Hall|
|2009||Hamlet||Hamlet||Michael Grandage||William Shakespeare||Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's, Donmar at Broadway|
Jude Law (born 1972-12-29) is an Academy Award-nominated English actor. His succession of leading roles in many high profile Hollywood films has seen him become one of the top A-list actors in the industry today.