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Irons, July 2006
|Born||Jeremy John Irons
19 September 1948 (1948-09-19)
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
|Spouse(s)||Julie Hallam (1969)
Sinéad Cusack (1978–present)
Irons' first major film role came in the 1981 romantic drama The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. After starring in such films as Moonlighting (1982), Betrayal (1983), and The Mission (1986), he gained critical acclaim for playing twin physicians in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers (1988). In 1990, Irons delivered another strong performance as a European aristocrat in Reversal of Fortune, and took home multiple awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. Other notable films have included The House of the Spirits (1993), The Lion King (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Lolita (1997), The Merchant of Venice (2004), Being Julia (2004), and Appaloosa (2008).
Irons is also an occasional television actor. He earned his first Golden Globe Award for his television debut in BBC's series Brideshead Revisited (1981). In 2006, Irons starred opposite Helen Mirren in HBO's miniseries Elizabeth I, for which he received his second Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor.