Jul. 27th, 1977
Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - From Paris With Love
2008 - A Film With Me In It
2008 - The Children of Huang Shi
2007 - August Rush
2006 - Mission: Impossible III
2005 - Match Point
2004 - Vanity Fair
2004 - Alexander
2003 - Octane
2003 - The Emperor's Wife
2002 - Bend It Like Beckham
1999 - Titus
1999 - The Loss of Sexual Innocence
1999 - Ride with the Devil
1998 - B. Monkey
1998 - Velvet Goldmine
1996 - Michael Collins
1996 - La lengua asesina
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born July 27, 1977), in Dublin, Ireland. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone.
Meyers grew up with a tumultuous childhood, spending some time in an orphanage and being permanently expelled from school at age 16. Happy to be out of school, he began spending time in a local pool hall where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting. The casting agents were talent-spotting for the 'David Puttnam' ( production of War of the Buttons (1994), and asked Meyers to appear for an audition. After three days of auditions, however, he did not get the role.
Meyers gave up on his acting aspirations. Soon afterward, he received a call to audition for a national ad campaign for Knorr soup, and though embarrassed by the attention from the ad, he soon found himself considered for a major film.
His movie acting debut was a very small role in the film A Man of No Importance (1994), where his simple cast credit is as First Young Man. His first lead role was in the film The Disappearance of Finbar (1996).
During a 6-month postponement in production he returned home to Cork and there received a call about the film Michael Collins (1996). He traveled to Dublin to meet with director 'Neil Jordan' and successfully won the role of Collins's assassin. Jordan wrote about his meeting with the actor, "I have found someone to play Collin's killer. Jonathan Rees-Myers, from County Cork, apparently, who looks like a young 'Tom Cruise'. He comes into the casting session with alarming certainty. Obviously gifted".
Meyers continued working constantly from that point and appeared in such films as The Maker (1997), Telling Lies in America (1997), and The Tribe (1998). Going on to film The Governess (1998), B. Monkey (1998), Titus (1999) and Ride with the Devil (1999), he has received critical acclaim for several performances, most notably as Brian Slade in Velvet Goldmine (1998), as Steerpike in the British mini-series Gormenghast (2000), and as a sympathetic football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
Meyers stars as the mysterious and eccentric title character Alexander Grayson in NBC and Sky Living's drama Dracula.
Meyers is also a talented singer and musician, having performed his own vocals in Velvet Goldmine (1998) and appearing on the film's soundtrack. Meyers still resides in County Cork, Ireland.
From 2004 to 2012, Meyers was in a relationship with 'Reena Hammer', daughter of Ruby Hammer. Since late 2012, Meyers has been romantically linked to Australian model Victoria Keon-Cohen.
- The first acting work he did was a commercial at 15 years old for which he was paid 500 pounds.
- Has been romantically linked to actresses 'Toni Collette' (qv), 'Asia Argento' (qv), 'Rachael Leigh Cook' (qv) and 'Estella Warren' (qv).
- "Rhys" is pronounced "reese."
- Is a big fan of 'Bob Marley (I)' (qv).
- (1998) Choosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine at #34 of the 100 Most Sexy Men In The World.
- Was born with reddish-brown hair.
- Resides in London and Los Angeles when not filming. Owns an apartment in Morocco and Dublin.
- Has three younger brothers: Jamie, Paul and Alan.