Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Biography: Jonathan was born in Dublin, Ireland on 27 July, 1977. When the actor was almost a year old, his family moved to County Cork, Ireland. When Jonathan was three years old, his father left and his mother had to take care of Jonathan and his 3 younger brothers.

Jonathan had an eventful childhood. He spent some time in an orphanage and at age 16, he was expelled from school. He was quite happy not to have to go to school any more and spent some of his time in a local pool hall. This is where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting. They were on the lookout for talent to appear in the David Puttnam production of "War of the Buttons" (1994) and asked Jonathan to audition. After auditioning for three days, he still did not get the part and Jonathan was ready to give up his aspirations to become an actor. However, he was quickly recalled to audition for a national campaign of ads for Knorr soup. Despite feeling embarrassed about the ad and the attention people paid him because of it, it
helped gain him a part in a major film.

His first film role was a very small role in the film, "A Man of No Importance". He is simply credited as 'First Young Man.' His first lead role was in "The Disappearance of Finbar" in which he played the title character.

While he was visiting home in Cork, during a 6-month break in filming, he was contacted about appearing in "Michael Collins." He met its director, Neil Jordan, in Dublin and got to play the role of Collins' assassin.

From then on, Jonathan has been in constant demand. He appeared in such films as "Telling Lies in America," and "Match Point." The critics raved about some of his roles, especially about his performance as Brian Slade in "Velvet Goldmine," and as Steerpike in the British mini-series "Gormenghast."
Jonathan's talent is not limited to acting. He performed his own vocals in the film "Velvet Goldmine" and is included in the soundtrack.
Since 2007, he's received great reviews for his starring role as King Henry VIII in Showtime's The Tudors.

Jonathan lives in London but also likes to spend time in Los Angeles where he has a home as well.
Expand

Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 72 Match Point
Lowest Metascore: 28 6 Souls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
19 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Another Me Aug 22, 2014 John tbd
33 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Aug 21, 2013 Valentine / Valentine Morgenstern 6.4
28 6 Souls Apr 5, 2013 David/Adam/Wesley 6.9
57 Albert Nobbs Dec 21, 2011 Cast 6.2
42 From Paris with Love Feb 5, 2010 James Reece 6.7
49 The Children of Huang Shi May 23, 2008 George Hogg 6.3
38 August Rush Nov 21, 2007 Louis Connelly 7.5
66 Mission: Impossible III May 5, 2006 Declan 7.0
72 Match Point Dec 28, 2005 Chris Wilton 7.3
39 Alexander Nov 24, 2004 Cassander 4.8
53 Vanity Fair Sep 1, 2004 George Osborne 6.9
56 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Jun 18, 2004 Davey 5.9
66 Bend It Like Beckham Mar 12, 2003 Joe 7.5
47 The Disappearance of Finbar Mar 17, 2000 Finbar Flynn tbd
57 Titus Dec 25, 1999 Chiron 6.8
49 B. Monkey Sep 10, 1999 Bruno 8.4
42 The Loss of Sexual Innocence May 28, 1999 Nic, Aged 16 tbd
65 Velvet Goldmine Nov 6, 1998 Brian Slade 8.2
60 The Governess Jul 31, 1998 Henry Cavendish 7.5
tbd The Maker Oct 17, 1997 Josh Minnell tbd
65 Telling Lies in America Oct 15, 1997 Kevin Boyle tbd