Jeremy Irons(1948-), Actor
Sitter in 5 portraits
Irons first appeared on the London stage was as John the Baptist opposite David Essex in Godspell. His role as Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited shot him to fame in 1981. In 1984 Irons won a Tony Award for his Broadway performance opposite Glenn Close in The Real Thing. Other film appearances include the dual role of mad twin physicians in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the voice of Scar in The Lion King. In 2008 he played Harold Macmillan in Howard Brenton's play, Never So Good and Henry IV in the television adaptation of Shakespeare's history plays, The Hollow Crown (2012).
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
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