Born: 29 December 1972
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: The lanky, sexy British star of Cold Mountain
Movie star Jude Law is a leading man known for his matinee-idol looks and for his performance as a wounded Civil War soldier in the 2003 film Cold Mountain. Law was on the British TV soap opera Families early in the 1990s, then was nominated for a Tony Award for the 1995 Broadway run of Indiscretions (with Cynthia Nixon). By the late 1990s he was on the big screen, earning female fans with his smouldering gaze and critical praise for his roles opposite Ethan Hawke in the cerebral sci-fi film Gattaca (1997) and Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Law appeared with Ed Harris in Enemy at the Gates (2001), and starred in Steven Spielberg's A. I. Artificial Intelligence. Law was nominated for a best actor Oscar for Cold Mountain (Sean Penn won instead for his role in Mystic River). Since proving himself as a leading man, Law has cranked out the feature films at an impressive pace. His movies include: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, with Gwyneth Paltrow); the remake of Alfie (2004, with Law in the Michael Caine role); I Heart Huckabees (2004, with Dustin Hoffman); Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004, with Law as charming rogue Errol Flynn); Closer (2004, with Julia Roberts; All the King's Men (2006, co-starring Kate Winslet); and the lovey-dovey cult hit The Holiday (2006, opposite Cameron Diaz). Law starred as Hamlet onstage in both London and New York in 2009. That same year he appeared in the films The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Sherlock Holmes (with Law as Holmes's sidekick, Dr. Watson).
Extra credit: Law was married to English actress Sadie Frost from 1997 until their divorce in 2003. They had three children together: sons Rafferty (b. 1996) and Rudy (b. 2002) and daughter Iris (b. 2000)... Law and model Samantha Burke have a daughter, Sophia, born in 2009 after their brief relationship in late 2008... Law was engaged to actress Sienna Miller in 2005 when his children's former nanny, Daisy Wright, told London newspapers of having an affair with Law. Law and Miller ended their relationship in 2006.
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