Jeremy Irons

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Actors Jeremy Irons (L) and Sienna Miller arrive for the World Premiere of "Casanova" at the Palazzo del Cinema on the fourth day of the 62nd Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2005 in Venice, Italy.
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Well-known British actor Jeremy Irons got his classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School, one of the most selective drama schools in the world.

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."