Jonny Lee Miller

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Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Miller at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJonathan Lee Miller
(1972-11-15) 15 November 1972 (age 41)
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Angelina Jolie (1996–1999)
Michele Hicks (2008–present)
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Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Miller at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJonathan Lee Miller
(1972-11-15) 15 November 1972 (age 41)
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Angelina Jolie (1996–1999)
Michele Hicks (2008–present)

Jonathan "Jonny" Lee Miller (born 15 November 1972) is an English actor. He achieved early success with roles in the films Hackers (1995) and Trainspotting (1996), and worked steadily in film and theatre until 2008, when he starred as the main character in two seasons of the American television series Eli Stone. He followed this up with lead roles in the Broadway play After Miss Julie and the BBC production of Emma. In February 2011, he starred in Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He currently stars as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama Elementary.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, the son of Anne Lee, a film actress who worked in theatre production, and Alan Miller, a stage actor and later a stage manager at the BBC.[1] His maternal grandfather was actor Bernard Lee, famous for playing M in the first eleven James Bond films.[2] Miller has stated that he has fond memories of being at the BBC Television Centre with his sister and watching Top of the Pops and Blue Peter being made.[3] Miller was educated at Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames, where he gained his first acting experience (in the musical The Ragged Child) and played in the Tiffin Swing Band.[4] Miller left school at age 17 to pursue his acting career.[5]


Miller made an uncredited appearance in the BBC series Doctor Who as a child in the 1982 story Kinda.[citation needed] After a stint in EastEnders as Jonathan Hewitt, he got his big break in the film Hackers (1995), co-starring with Angelina Jolie, whom he married in 1996.[2] His first appearance on American television was the 1996 miniseries Dead Man's Walk.[citation needed] In 1997, he was involved with the creation and operation of Natural Nylon with friends Jude Law (whom he met in the National Youth Music Theatre),[2] Sadie Frost, Ewan McGregor, and Sean Pertwee.[6] Natural Nylon folded in 2003. He has appeared on television in the BBC's modernisation of The Canterbury Tales, as Artie in The Pardoner's Tale, and as Lord Byron in the BBC production Byron. He worked on the American television series Smith in 2006.

Shortly after Hackers, Miller was cast as Sick Boy in Trainspotting. He was suggested for the role by Ewan McGregor.[7] The accent he used in the film was so convincing that it led many people to incorrectly believe that he was Scottish.[7] Miller has stated: "I had to do a lot of work. I read and re-read the book and I pretended to be Scottish all the time I was in Glasgow, hanging around with Scots, picking up bits and pieces on the street and in bars. Everyone's been very encouraging and Danny thinks that I've got it about right. Of course, the others are from all over Scotland and have different accents themselves, so I've tried to just pick up a general, composite accent."[citation needed]

In 1997, he played Billy Prior in the film adaptation of Pat Barker's World War I novel Regeneration. In 2000, he played the Cameron Colley in Complicity, based on the book by Iain Banks. He costarred in the film Love, Honour and Obey as Johnny, a London street kid getting mixed up with a notorious British gangster. Also in 2000, he appeared as Simon Sheppard in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000. In 2005, he was considered for the role of James Bond, replacing Pierce Brosnan. The role eventually went to Daniel Craig. The following year, Miller portrayed cyclist Graeme Obree in The Flying Scotsman. In 2007, he was selected to play the lead role in the ABC series Eli Stone, but the series was canceled after two seasons. The first season had been interrupted by a lengthy writers' strike.[citation needed]

He was considered as the third teammate to join Ben Fogle and James Cracknell in Team QinetiQ for the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race in January 2009. He participated in training for the event in Norway, which was televised for a BBC2 documentary series On Thin Ice.[8] He was not able to attend the race due to filming commitments of Eli Stone being extended for a second season. In 2009, he played Mr. Knightley in a BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.[9] He also appeared on Broadway with in a production of "After Miss Julie", with his performance receiving very positive reviews.[10] In early 2010, Miller was in talks to portray Rick Grimes in the television adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead,[11] but the role went to Andrew Lincoln. He starred in the fifth season of Dexter as Jordan Chase, a highly popular motivational speaker who is suspected of leading a gang of serial rapists and murderers.[12]

In March 2011, at the Royal National Theatre, he played both Victor Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Monster on alternate nights, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in a stage adaptation of Frankenstein.[13] Directed by Danny Boyle, the play was broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 17 March 2011 and additional dates throughout March and April.[14] He appeared in Tim Burton's 2012 film Dark Shadows. In February 2012, it was confirmed that Miller had been cast as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS drama Elementary. Lucy Liu was later cast as Watson.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Miller married actress Angelina Jolie on 28 March 1996. They separated 18 months later,[2] and were divorced on 9 February 1999. He began dating actress and model Michele Hicks in 2006.[16] They married in July 2008 in Malibu, California.[17] The couple have one son, Buster Timothy Miller, born in December 2008.[17]

Miller is a supporter of Chelsea Football Club.[18] He is a marathon runner, often supporting the charity Mencap. Miller was signed up to run their 2006 Marathon des Sables, but had to drop out due to shooting the film Marathon.[19] He ran the 2008 London Marathon in 3:01:40.[20] He ran the 2010 New York City Marathon with his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter.[21]



1992Dead RomanticPaul
1993Bad CompanyMichael Hickey
1993Olly's PrisonSmiler
1994MeatCharlie Dyce
1995HackersDade Murphy
1996TrainspottingSick Boy
1996Dead Man's WalkWoodrow F. Call
1997AfterglowJeffrey Byron
1997Regeneration2nd Lt. Billy Prior
1999Plunkett & MacleaneMacleane
1999Mansfield ParkEdmund Bertram
2000Love, Honour and ObeyJonny
2000ComplicityCameron Colley
2000Dracula 2000Simon Sheppard
2002The EscapistDenis Hopkins
2003ByronLord Byron
2004MindhuntersLucas Harper
2004Melinda and MelindaLee
2005Æon FluxOren Goodchild
2006The Flying ScotsmanGraeme Obree
2009EndgameMichael Young
2012Dark ShadowsRoger Collins
2012ByzantiumThe Captain


1982Doctor WhoKinda childUncredited
Episode: "Kinda: Part One"
1983Jemima Shore InvestigatesBoy with dogEpisode: "A Little Bit of Wildlife"
1983Mansfield ParkCharles Price
1990Keeping Up AppearancesYouthEpisode: "Daisy's Toyboy"
19914 PlayDennis TurnbullEpisode: "Itch"
1991The BillSimon CooperEpisode: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
1991Inspector MorseStudentEpisode: "Greeks Bearing Gifts"
1991MinderAuctioneer's assistantEpisode: "Three Cons Make a Mountain"
1992Goodbye Cruel WorldMark
1992Between the LinesDavid RingwoodEpisode: "The Only Good Copper"
1992CasualtyMattEpisode: "Tender Loving Care"
1992Second ThoughtsChasEpisode: "Short Change"
1993Prime Suspect 3Anthony Field
1993The BillLee GibsonEpisode: "Mighty Atoms"
1993EastEndersJonathan Hewitt2 episodes
1994Mystery!: CadfaelEdwin GurneyEpisode: "Monk's Hood"
2003The Canterbury TalesArtyEpisode: "The Pardoner's Tale"
2006SmithTom7 episodes
2008Eli StoneEli Stone26 episodes
2009EmmaMr. Knightley
2010DexterJordan Chase8 episodes
2012–presentElementarySherlock Holmes30 episodes


1993Beautiful ThingSteBush Theatre
1999Four Knights in KnaresboroughBritoTricycle Theatre
2004FestenChristianAlmeida Theatre
2005Someone Who'll Watch Over MeAdamAmbassadors Theatre
2009After Miss JulieJohnAmerican Airlines Theatre
2011FrankensteinVictor Frankenstein
Frankenstein's Monster
Royal National Theatre

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jonny Lee Miller profile at
  2. ^ a b c d Reid, Vicki (3 October 2009). "Jonny Lee Miller: interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Do you wanna be in my gang' from The Telegraph",
  4. ^ "Jonny Lee Miller". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Johnny Lee Miller". Star Bios,
  6. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (12 January 2003). "Law leaves Nylon in limbo". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Waldman, Allison (21 March 2008). "Jonny Lee Miller: In the Limelight". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ On Thin Ice (2009). [TV programme]. TwoFour Productions. [Transmitted: 29 June 2009].
  9. ^ Singh, Anita (4 April 2009). "Romola Garai to Play Emma in BBC's Latest Jane Austen Adaptation". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Ng, David (23 October 2009). "Sienna Miller in 'After Miss Julie' on Broadway: What did the critics think?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "UPDATE: F/X House Named / Jonny Lee Miller Frontrunner for Rick in The Walking Dead". Dread Central. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "TV: A 'Hacker' Heads to Miami for 'Dexter'". Bloody Disgusting. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "A Monster Double Act for Danny Boyle's Frankenstein". Daily Mail. 29 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Frankenstein – Productions". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (27 February 2012). "Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes-Based Pilot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jonny Lee Miller and Michele Hicks Dating".
  17. ^ a b "Jonny Lee Miller and Michele Hicks Welcome Son". People. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chelsea Celebrity Supporters", Chelsea FC
  19. ^ "Jonny Lee Miller pulls out of marathon so he can film 'Marathon'". 4 April 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Flora London Marathon 2008 Results". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Gemma (28 January 2011). "What's up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries star on not having a backup plan". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

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