Made stage debut in "Hay Fever" with Bristol Old Vic company; company member for three years
Made London stage debut as John the Baptist in "Godspell" at Round House Theatre (later at Wyndham's Theatre for two years)
TV debut, as Franz Liszt in BBC miniseries "Notorious Woman"; also shown on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre"
Breakthrough TV role, playing Charles Ryder in "Brideshead Revisited" (aired on ITV in the U.K. and on PBS in the U.S.)
Made film debut as Mikhail Fokine in "Nijinsky"
Cast opposite Meryl Streep in "The French Lieutenant's Woman"
Co-starred with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge in "Betrayal"
Broadway debut, "The Real Thing"
Played title role in "Swann in Love," adapted from Proust's <i>A la recherche du temps perdu</i>
Directed video for Carly Simon's song "Tired of Being Blonde"
Teamed with Robert De Niro for Roland Joffé's "The Mission"
Breakthrough screen role, played twins in David Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers"
Earned acclaim and a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"
Cast in title role of Stephen Soderbergh's "Kafka"
Played a politician who falls in love with his son's girlfriend in "Damage"
Acted role of a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese performer who harbors a secret in "M Butterfly"; second film with Cronenberg
Voiced villainous Scar in Disney's "The Lion King"
Played the villain in "Die Hard With a Vengeance"
Cast as a dying writer in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
Portrayed Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"
Offered a fine turn as swashbucling Aramis, one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Co-starred on British TV drama "Longitude," written and directed by Charles Sturridge
Offered over-the-top villainous turn in "Dungeons and Dragons"
Cast opposite Forest Whitaker in "The Fourth Angel"
Co-starred with Fanny Ardant in "Callas Forever"
Joined co-star Patricia Kaas for "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen"
Cast in "Being Julia," which centers around stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge in 1930s London
Cast opposite Al Pacino and Joseph Fiennes in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearean adaptation set in 16th century Venice
Starred in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," about the 12th-century Crusades
Co-starred opposite Heath Ledger in Lasse Hallström's "Casanova"
Offered award-winning performance opposite Helen Mirren in "Elizabeth I" (joint HBO/Channel 4 production)
Cast as Brom, a former Dragon Rider in "Eragon," a fantasy/adventure movie based on novel of same name
Portrayed photographer Alfred Stieglitz, opposite Joan Allen as painter Georgia O'Keeffe in Lifetime biopic "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV Movie
Re-teamed with Joan Allen for Broadway play "Impressionism"
Portrayed Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI on Showtime historical drama "The Borgias"
Joined ensemble cast of financial drama thriller "Margin Call"
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"
Cast as Macon Ravenwood in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"