He began his professional career in several plays and television programs in Britain.
In 1981, Irons gained a worldwide audience for his performance in the television series "Brideshead Revisited" and the movie "The French Lieutenant's Woman."
Irons won a Tony in 1984 for his performance in "The Real Thing" on Broadway. His Oscar came for the 1985 film "Reversal of Fortune," a movie based on the true story of Sunny and Claus Von Bulow.
He's nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his role as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, opposite Helen Mirren in "Elizabeth I."