Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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BornJonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe
(1977-07-27) 27 July 1977 (age 37)
Dublin, Ireland
ResidenceLos Angeles, London
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1994–present
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers 2013.jpg
BornJonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe
(1977-07-27) 27 July 1977 (age 37)
Dublin, Ireland
ResidenceLos Angeles, London
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1994–present

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors.[1][2] He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns.[3]

In 2013, Myers appeared as the villain Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare's novel, City of Bones. He most recently starred in the NBC drama series Dracula as the titular character. Rhys Meyers has also been cast in the upcoming film Stonewall by Roland Emmerich. Also cast in Damascus Cover based on the best selling novel The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan. Also Byrd and the Bees, a romantic comedy.

Early life[edit]

He was born 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland to Geraldine (née Meyers; died 20 November 2007) and musician John O'Keeffe.[4][5] His family is Roman Catholic.[6] His three brothers are all professional musicians.[7] When he was three, his parents separated. His mother raised the boy along with his brother Alan while the other two boys went to live at their paternal grandmother's home with their father.[8] He has two half sisters. He briefly attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School.[9]


He was expelled from North Monastery at 16 for truancy and spent much of his time hanging out in pool halls. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted him at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition.[10] Although passed over for War of the Buttons, the casting agents encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.[11] His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994). In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character's assassin. In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.

Rhys Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley alongside Randy Quaid as Colonel Tom Parker and Rose McGowan as Ann-Margret, but didn't sing for his role in the miniseries.[12] The latter earned him an Emmy[13] nomination and a Golden Globe win.[14] He starred in the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors (2007) as Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.[15]

He played a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998), a dedicated girls' football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), in Vanity Fair (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon. He co-starred in 2004 in Oliver Stone's epic Alexander. The following year he starred in Woody Allen's film noir, Match Point (2005), for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III. Subsequent projects include August Rush (2007) and The Children of Huang Shi (2008), Shelter and From Paris with Love (2010)[16]

In 2011, he starred in Belle du Seigneur (an English-language film adaptation of Albert Cohen's novel) as Solal des Solal. The movie was released in Russia on 29 November 2012 and in France on 19 June 2013 after premiering at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. A self-taught singer and guitarist, he has appeared in a number of musical roles. His first such role was as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine; two of the songs he sang ("Baby's on Fire" and "Tumbling Down") are on the film's soundtrack. He sang briefly in the TV miniseries version of The Magnificent Ambersons, performed in studio scenes of the miniseries Elvis and played the flute in Gormenghast.[citation needed]

In the 2007 music drama August Rush, he performed on-screen as singer-songwriter Louis Connelly and is credited for four songs on the soundtrack – "Break", "Moondance", "Something Inside", and "This Time". Of the four, "This Time" and "Break" were considered in the Best Original Song category of the 80th Academy Awards.[17] "This Time" was not released as a single but peaked at number 84 in the Canadian Hot 100.[18]

Besides acting, Jonathan has also modelled for several clothing companies. He modelled for Club Monaco in 2001 and was chosen as the face for the Versace men's collection of Autumn/Winter 2006 and Spring 2007,[19] and he was the face of the Hugo Boss men's fragrance range from 2006[20] until he was replaced with Jared Leto in 2011. He is signed to Independent Models in London.[21] In February 2008, he became a celebrity ambassador for the Cork-based charitable organisation The Hope Foundation.[22] On 5 October 2008, Rhys Meyers received an Honorary Patronage from the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin.[23]

In 2013, Rhys Meyers was cast as Dracula, in NBC's television series Dracula alongside with Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jessica De Gouw.[24] It was also announced in May 2013 that Jonathan was to participate in the recording of his brothers' album entitled "Blossom" which was released on 21 April 2014.

Personal life[edit]

From 2004 until 2012, Rhys Meyers was in a relationship with Reena Hammer, daughter of makeup artist Ruby Hammer.[25][26][27] Dated Victoria Keon-Cohen in 2012. Currently in a relationship with actress Mara Lane since 2014.

In May 2005, Rhys Meyers checked into a rehabilitation facility, Promises in Malibu, California, seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. On 24 April 2007, the Associated Press reported that Rhys Meyers returned to treatment. The actor's representative Meredith O'Sullivan confirmed the news to People magazine citing his need to take a break to maintain sobriety.[28][29]

On 20 November 2007, his mother, Mary Geraldine "Geri" O'Keeffe, died at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, aged 51, following a short, undisclosed illness.[30] Her funeral was attended by "hundreds of mourners" including film director Neil Jordan and actors Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell.[31]

On 27 February 2009, the actor checked into rehab a third time, seeking help for alcohol addiction; and checked out on 15 March 2009.[32] In May 2010, it was reported that Rhys Meyers was banned for life from flying on United Airlines due to "belligerent" and "disruptive" behaviour including reported use of a racial slur in an incident involving alcohol[33][34] at John F. Kennedy airport.[35]

In November 2011, Rhys Meyers was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a judgment of a suspended sentence for public intoxication 24 months earlier.[36]



1994A Man of No ImportanceFirst Young Man
1996The Killer TongueRudolph
1996Disappearance of Finbar, TheThe Disappearance of FinbarFinbar Flynn
1996Michael CollinsCollins's assassin
1996Samson and DelilahYoung SamsonTelevision film
1997Maker, TheThe MakerJosh Minnell
1997Telling Lies in AmericaKevin Boyle
1998Velvet GoldmineBrian SladeNominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year
1998The GovernessHenry Cavendish
1998B. MonkeyBruno
1998Tribe, TheThe TribeAdam
1999Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe Loss of Sexual InnocenceYoung Nic
1999Ride with the DevilPitt Mackeson
2001Prozac NationNoah
2001TangledAlan Hammond
2001Happy NowMark Wraith
2002Bend It Like BeckhamJoe
2002The Magnificent AmbersonsGeorge Amberson MinaferTelevision film
2003Tesseract, TheThe TesseractSean
2003OctaneThe Father
2003I'll Sleep When I'm DeadDavey Graham
2003The Emperor's WifeChamberlain
2003The Lion in WinterKing Philip IITelevision film
2004Vanity FairCaptain George Osborne
2005ElvisElvis PresleyTelevision film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2005Match PointChris Wilton
2006Mission: Impossible IIIDeclan Gormley
2007August RushLouis Connelly
2008Children of Huang Shi, TheThe Children of Huang ShiGeorge Hogg
2008A Film with Me in ItPierce 2Cameo
2010ShelterAdam / David / WesleyRe-released in 2013 under the title 6 Souls.
2010From Paris with LoveJames Reese
2011Albert NobbsViscount Yarrell
2012Belle du SeigneurSolal
2013The Mortal Instruments: City of BonesValentine Morgenstern
2014Another MeJohn Moffatt
2015Byrd and the BeesGavin McDermottPre-production
2015The Damascus CoverAriPre-production


2000GormenghastSteerpike4 episodes
2007–2010The TudorsKing Henry VIII38 episodes
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2008–09)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2009–11)
Nominated—Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor on Television (2009–11)
2013–2014DraculaDracula / Alexander Grayson10 episodes
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

1999London Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Newcomer of the YearNominatedVelvet Goldmine
2002Venice Film FestivalCanal Grande Award for the Best Young Promising ActorWonThe Magnificent Ambersons
2005Satellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWonElvis
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieNominatedElvis
2005Cannes Film FestivalOutstanding NewcomerWonMatch Point
2006GQ UKMen of the Year Awards / Lab Series Man of the YearWon
2006Golden Globes AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWonElvis
2008Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actor – Drama SeriesWonThe Tudors
2008Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in TelevisionWonThe Tudors
2008Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaNominatedThe Tudors
2009Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actor – Drama SeriesNominatedThe Tudors
2009Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in TelevisionNominatedThe Tudors
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaNominatedThe Tudors
2010Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in TelevisionNominatedThe Tudors
2010Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actor – Drama SeriesNominatedThe Tudors
2011Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actor – Drama SeriesNominatedThe Tudors
2011Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in TelevisionNominatedThe Tudors
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite Actor in a New TV SeriesNominatedDraculaReferences

2014 Irish Post Award Received Legend award for 20 year contribution to films and television.

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