Jul. 27th, 1977
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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.
- Ranked 44 on AfterElton's Gay Icon List.
- His favorite bands include, Broken Social Scene, Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
- Has a horse named Belle.
- In order to avoid the boyish and somewhat androgynous junkies and weak- willed characters he found himself typecast as, he underwent a fitness regime in 2004 and gained and maintained about 25 extra pounds of muscle, so he can also be considered for more masculine roles.
- Was born with reddish-brown hair.
- Favorite actors are 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv) and 'Cillian Murphy' (qv).
- He changed his last name when he took up acting, taking his mother's maiden name of Meyers.
- He was born with a heart condition, and was baptized rather quickly for fear he would not live long.