Dec. 29th, 1972
Lewisham, South London, England, UK
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David Jude Heyworth Law (born December 29, 1972), known professionally as Jude Law, is an English actor, film producer and director.
Born in Lewisham, South London, the second child of comprehensive school teachers Margaret Anne (née Heyworth) and Peter Robert Law; his father later became, according to Law, "the youngest headmaster in London". He has a sister, Natasha. Law was named after a "bit of both" the book Jude the Obscure and the Beatles song "Hey Jude" He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Greenwich, and was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath and Kidbrooke School, before attending Alleyn's School.
He started acting with the National Youth Music Theatre at the age of 12 and, at 17, he dropped out of school completely, to star in a Granada daytime TV Soap called Families (1990).
In 1992, Law began his stage career. He starred in many plays throughout London, and was nominated for the 'Laurence Olivier' Award of Outstanding Newcomer. After doing the play Indiscretions in London, he moved and did it again on Broadway. This time, he was alongside 'Kathleen Turner'. He then received a Tony Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He was then rewarded the Theatre World Award. After Broadway, Law started on the big screen, in many independent films.
His first big named movie was Gattaca (1997), with 'Uma Thurman' and 'Ethan Hawke'. He also had a good role in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). Law's latest rise to fame has been because of The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), in which he plays 'Matt Damon' obsession. The film did very well at the box office, and critics loved the acting of Law. He is also a partner in the production company Natural Nylon. His partners include 'Jonny Lee Miller', 'Ewan McGregor' and Sadie Frost. With his production company producing and Law acting, his career seems to be on the rise.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella's psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000, he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, the epic war drama film Cold Mountain.
In 2006, he portrayed the role of Kate Winslet's single-parent brother in the film The Holiday, a modern day American romantic comedy. He is also known for his role as Dr. John Watson in the 2009 action mystery films Sherlock Holmes and its 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Law met actress 'Sadie Frost' while working on the film Shopping. They married on (September 2, 1997) and divorced (October 2003). He has "three" children with Frost: son Rafferty (born 1996), daughter Iris (born 2000), and son Rudy (born 2002).
While making the film Alfie in late 2003, Law and co-star Sienna Miller began a relationship, becoming engaged on Christmas Day 2004. On July 8, 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. It was also reported at the time that Miller had been having an affair with 'Daniel Craig'. Miller and Law separated in November 2006.
On July 29, 2009, it was announced that Law would become a father for the "fourth" time following a brief relationship with American model Samantha Burke in 2008. Burke gave birth to a daughter, Sophia (b. September 2009) in New York.
In December 2009, it was reported that Law and Miller had rekindled their relationship after starring in separate shows on Broadway in late 2009. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children. They announced they had split again in February 2011.
In October 2014, Law announced that he was expecting a "fifth" child with Catherine Harding, with whom Law was "no longer in a relationship". Harding gave birth to their child, a daughter, (March 2015).
- Has a tattoo on his left forearm of words from a Beatles song, "Sexy Sadie", which states "You came along to turn on everyone Sexy Sadie", representing his ex-wife 'Sadie Frost' (qv).
- Band Brand New has a song named after him, titled 'Jude Law and a Semester Abroad', featured on their album Your Favorite Weapon.
- Learned to play saxophone for the film _The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)_ (qv).
- Became engaged to actress 'Sienna Miller' (qv) in January 2005. In July 2005, she ended the engagement and he publicly apologized for cheating on her with nanny Daisy Wright. They reconciled briefly and broke up again in 2006.
- Good friends with 'Rachel Weisz' (qv).
- He kept the shirts his characters in _The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)_ (qv), _Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)_ (qv) and _Gattaca (1997)_ (qv) worn in the scenes when they were killed.
- Good friends with 'Jonny Lee Miller' (qv) and 'Ewan McGregor' (qv).
- Supports Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London, UK.