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  • Jude Law Biography

    Born: December 29, 1972 in Lewisham, London, England, UK

    Jude Law is considered one of Britain’s finest actors, with a wealth and variety of film and theater performances to his credit.

    In November 2012, Law will star opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” Last year, he reunited with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr., on “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” reprising his role from the global boxoffice success “Sherlock Holmes”; starred in Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet and starred in Fernando Meirelles’s “360” with Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins. He recently performed in the West End’s “Anna Christie” to rave reviews.

    In 2009, Law starred in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” first in London’s West End and then reprising the role on Broadway, earning him a second Tony nomination.

    On the big screen, Law first drew major critical attention for his performance as Oscar Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, in 1997’s “Wilde,” for which he won an Evening Standard British Film Award. He went on to earn international acclaim for his work in Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Law’s performance as doomed golden boy Dickie Greenleaf brought him both Oscarand Golden Globe nominations, as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

    Law was later honored with Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for his role in the 2003 Civil War epic “Cold Mountain,” also directed by Minghella. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “AI: Artificial Intelligence.”

    In 2004, Law starred in five very different films, including two for which he shared acting ensemble honors: Mike Nichols’ acclaimed drama “Closer,” also starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, with whom he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble; and Martin Scorsese’s epic biopic “The Aviator,” for which he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. That same year, Law starred in “Alfie,” playing the title role under the direction of Charles Shyer; David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees”; and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” which he also produced. In addition, he lent his voice to “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

    His wide range of film credits also includes Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”; Kenneth Branagh’s “Sleuth,” which he also produced; Wong Kar Wai’s first English-language film, “My Blueberry Nights”; Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy hit “The Holiday,” with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black; “Breaking and Entering,” which reunited him with Anthony Minghella; Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition,” with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Enemy at the Gates”; David Cronenberg’s “eXistenZ”; Clint Eastwood’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”; and “Gattaca,” which marked his American film debut.

    Law began his career on the stage, acting with the National Youth Theatre at the age of 12. In 1994, he created the role of Michael in Jean Cocteau’s play “Les Parents Terribles,” for which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. The play was renamed “Indiscretions” when it moved to Broadway, where Law received a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His subsequent stage work includes “`Tis Pity She’s a Whore” at London’s Young Vic Theatre and a highly acclaimed performance in the title role of Christopher Marlowe’s “Dr. Faustus,” both directed by David Lan. Law was recently closely involved in the fundraising efforts for the major refurbishment of the Young Vic Theatre.

    In 2007, the French Academy awarded Law a César d’Honneur in recognition of his contribution to cinema, and the government of France named him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his artistic achievements.




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