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Also Known As: David Jude Law Died:
Born: December 29, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Plagued with being called a heartthrob and a Golden Boy, British actor Jude Law managed to develop into a respected actor known for tackling challenging and often flawed characters. Though he struggled a bit early in his career to make a name for himself, Law finally burst onto the scene full force with his Oscar-nominated performance in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). From there, he was suddenly everywhere onscreen, playing a Russian sniper battling a Nazi sharpshooter during the Battle of Stalingrad in "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), a scarred assassin fond of photography in "Road to Perdition" (2002), and a Confederate soldier presumed dead and struggling to make in home in "Cold Mountain" (2003). Though he was often the subject of tabloid fodder due his trouble-plagued relationship with starlet Sienna Miller, Law oscillated between small indies like "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004) and "Breaking & Entering" (2006) and large-scale studio movies like "The Aviator" (2004) and "Sherlock Holmes" (2009). Regardless of his personal travails, which included a cheating scandal with his nanny and fathering a child with model Samantha Burke, Law nonetheless maintained his composure on his way to becoming one of...

Plagued with being called a heartthrob and a Golden Boy, British actor Jude Law managed to develop into a respected actor known for tackling challenging and often flawed characters. Though he struggled a bit early in his career to make a name for himself, Law finally burst onto the scene full force with his Oscar-nominated performance in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). From there, he was suddenly everywhere onscreen, playing a Russian sniper battling a Nazi sharpshooter during the Battle of Stalingrad in "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), a scarred assassin fond of photography in "Road to Perdition" (2002), and a Confederate soldier presumed dead and struggling to make in home in "Cold Mountain" (2003). Though he was often the subject of tabloid fodder due his trouble-plagued relationship with starlet Sienna Miller, Law oscillated between small indies like "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004) and "Breaking & Entering" (2006) and large-scale studio movies like "The Aviator" (2004) and "Sherlock Holmes" (2009). Regardless of his personal travails, which included a cheating scandal with his nanny and fathering a child with model Samantha Burke, Law nonetheless maintained his composure on his way to becoming one of the new millennium's top box office draws.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tube Tales (1999) Director ("A Bird In The Hand")

CAST: (feature film)

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 Spy (2015)
2.
 Dom Hemingway (2014)
3.
 Jane Got a Gun (2014)
4.
 Black Sea (2014)
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 Side Effects (2013)
7.
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 Anna Karenina (2012)
10.
 Contagion (2011)
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Raised in South London
1985:
Joined the National Youth Music Theater at age 12
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Played the lead in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with National Youth Music Theater
1990:
TV acting debut, "The Tailor of Gloucester"
1990:
TV series debut as a teenage runaway in the British serial "Families"
1991:
U.S. TV debut in an episode of "Sherlock Holmes" aired on "Mystery!" (PBS)
1992:
Toured Italy in production of "Pygmalion"
1992:
London stage debut in "The Fastest Clock in the Universe"
1992:
Film acting debut in the short feature "The Crane"
1993:
Acted in an episode of the British telefilm "The Marshal"
1994:
Made wide impression in feature film "Shopping"
1994:
Originated role of Michael in the London production of Cocteau's "Les Parents Terribles"
1994:
Starred in title role of Euripedes' "Ion" on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company
1995:
Was only member of British cast invited to reprise role when "Le Parents Terribles" was produced on Broadway (retitled "Indiscretions"); nominated for a Tony Award
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Formed Natural Nylon, a production company, with Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Sadie Frost and others
1996:
Filmed first U.S. movie, starring opposite Claire Danes in "I Love You, I Love You Not"
1997:
Had major supporting roles in "Gattaca" as a parlayzed man who sells his DNA
1998:
Co-starred in "Music From Another Room"
1998:
Portrayed an actor in "Final Cut" who has died and left a videotape on which he discloses his true feelings about his friends
1998:
Played a vampire in "The Wisdom of Crocodiles"
1999:
Starred opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh in "eXistenZ," directed by David Cronenberg
1999:
Acted on stage in London in "Tis Pity She's a Whore"
1999:
Made directorial debut with the segment "A Bird in the Hand" of "Tube Tales"; screened at the London Film Festival
1999:
Played pivotal role of Dickie Greenleaf in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
2001:
Co-starred with Ed Harris and Joseph Fiennes in the WWII drama "Enemy at the Gates"
2001:
Starred opposite Haley Joel Osment in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
2002:
Returned to the stage in a London production of "Doctor Faustus"
2002:
Played an unscrupulous photographer and hitman in "Road to Perdition"
2003:
Played the lead in "Cold Mountain"; received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
2004:
Starred as an aviation officer opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
2004:
Has a cameo role as Errol Flynn in Martin Scorsese's "Aviator"
2004:
Cast opposite Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts in "Closer," produced and directed by Mike Nichols
2004:
Starred in a remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 drama "Alfie," a role made famous by Michael Caine
2006:
Played Jack Burden, the journalist narrator in the big-screen adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel "All the King's Men"
2006:
Reunited with director Anthony Minghella to star in "Breaking and Entering"
2007:
Played the role of Milo Tindle, originally played by Michael Caine in the adaptation of the 1970 Tony Award-winning play "Sleuth," directed by by Kenneth Branagh; also produced
2007:
Joined Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman in director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"
2009:
Played the title role in London's West End production of "Hamlet"; production moved to Broadway in September 2009 at the Broadhurst Theatre; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Play
2009:
Replaced the deceased Heath Ledger, portraying transformations of Ledger's character, in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
2009:
Cast as Dr. Watson opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Guy Ritchie┬┐s "Sherlock Holmes"
2010:
Co-starred in the futuristic thriller "Repo Men"
2011:
Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
2011:
Cast in Martin Scorsese┬┐s family adventure "Hugo"
2011:
Reprised Watson role in Ritchie's sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
2012:
Played Alexiei Karenin opposite Keira Knightley in feature adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," directed by Joe Wright
2012:
Voiced Pitch the Boogeyman in animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians"
2013:
Cast as a psychiatrist who treats Rooney Mara's character in Steven Soderbergh directed thriller "Side Effects"
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Education

John Ball Primary School: -
Kidbrooke School: -
Alleyn's School: -

Notes

He was named after the Thomas Hardy character and the Beatles' song "Hey, Jude".

"I model each character on me, really."---Jude Law in Interview, May 1995.

"I hope I'm more realistic than cynical. For all the insults that have been hurled on Generation X, we have a huge capacity to keep going, even though our heroes kill themselves, lovemaking is dangerous and famine and war are everywhere. But I think there are reasons to be optimistic. Hope is nothing if it's not tested."---Jude Law in Newsday, June 4, 1995.

"I will go anywhere, play any role, if the part speaks to me, or the story has something new to say. I want to be acting until I'm 80."---Law quoted in Detour, November 1996.

"To be honest, I've achieved everything I could ever have possibly dreamed of achieving. That may sound terribly arrogant. But when you're young, you go to the National Theatre with your parents and think, I'd love to be here. And then suddenly you are. It's a dream come true."---Jude Law quoted in Empire, July 1998.

"Keeping people guessing is the one obligation that you have to yourself and your audience."---Law quoted in the London Times, October 9, 1999.

"I think he'll be a huge movie star. He shows this interesting tension between grace and danger. He has extraordinary charisma and lust for life, but he also has cruelty in him."---"The Talented Mr. Ripley" writer-director Anthony Minghella quoted in Daily News, December 19, 1999.

"Jude is an extremely gifted, talented actor who happens to be beautiful and is starring in movies, but that's not what it's about for him. It's not about the glamour and looking pretty on screen."---"Enemy at the Gates" co-star Rachel Weisz quoted in The Daily Telegraph, February 17, 2001.

For Law's role as a cold-blooded hitman in "Road to Perdition," Law's good looks had to be tapered to make him believable. His hairline was pushed back and he was given receding gums and rotted teeth to acheive this affect.

"Maybe I do have this passion to just play weirdos. But I relish the challenge. I figure it would always be trickier to get offered those kinds of roles than the more obvious ones that perhaps I would suit."---Law to GQ Magazine, July 2002.

"Jude Law is one of the most directable actors I've ever worked with, which is not to say that he doesn't have his own mind, because he does, or that he doesn't have his own wisdom, because he does. It's simply to say that he leaves all sense of himself somewhere away from the set. He's present and willing at all times."---Anthony Minghella about Law, who directed him in "Cold Mountain" Interview December 2003.

"He's very sexy, he has charisma and this great, dry wit; he's incredibly charming and truly a brilliant actor. Jude somehow got it all. And he's a well-adjusted guy; I'm very envious of how together Jude is at such a young age. If a director gets the chance to work with him, he should jump. It's like a vacation."---Charles Shyer who directed Law in "Alfie" to Premiere Magazine, March 2004.

Law was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"He is a more sexually dangerous actor than many British actors. There is a mischief in him somewhere, and it's partly because he is one of the most handsome men on the planet. He is a beautiful boy with the mind of a man, a character actor struggling to get out of a beautifulm body."---Anthony Minghella, who directed Law in "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" as quoted to Vanity Fair, October 2004.

People magazine named Law the "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2004

"Obviously he's gorgeous. But he's so bright, and he has an innate goodness about him."---Susan Sarandon, Law's co-star in "Alfie" to People, November 29, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sadie Frost. Actor. Together since 1993; met during the filming of "Shopping" (1994); previously married to singer-actor Gary Kemp with whom she has a son; married on September 2, 1997; mother of Law's children; seperated in February 2003; Law's publicist quoted, "They are still married but are living in seperate houses about a block away from one another."; reunited February 2003; Frost filed for a divorce in August 2003; divorced finalized in October 2003.
companion:
Sienna Miller. Actor. Dating as of Fall 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Law. Retired teacher. With wife, runs a fringe theater company in France.
mother:
Maggie Law. Retired teacher. With husband, runs a fringe theater company in France.
sister:
Natasha Law. Painter, photographer. Older.
step-son:
Finley Kemp. Born c, 1990; mother is Sadie Frost; father is Gary Kemp.
son:
Rafferty Law. Born c. 1996; mother is Sadie Frost.
daughter:
Iris Law. Born on October 25, 2000; mother is Sadie Frost; accidentally ingested a tablet of Ecstacy discovered at a children's party in the London club Soho House on Oct. 5, 2002; treated and released in good health.
son:
Rudy Law. Born on September 10, 2002; mother is Sadie Frost; was born five weeks premature; Law rushed from the set of "Cold Mountain" to London to be with his wife and newborn.
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