Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Date Of Birth:
27 July 1977
Place Of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers played King Henry VIII in four seasons of the history-is-sexy series The Tudors (2007-2010). On the big screen, his breakout leading role opposite Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's 2005 movie, Match Point. Rhys Meyers -- whose real name is Johnny O'Keefe -- was discovered by a talent agent and made his movie debut in 1994's A Man of No Importance. During the '90s he appeared in more than a dozen films, including Michael Collins (1996, starring Liam Neeson), Velvet Goldmine (1998, with Ewan McGregor) and Titus (1999, starring Anthony Hopkins). Rail-thin and slightly androgynous, Rhys-Meyers has played both sinister and sexy in small parts and leading roles. After The Tudors, he played a famous vampire in the series Dracula (2013-14) and joined the cast of Vikings in 2017. Rhys Meyers won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in the TV mini-series Elvis (2005, with Rose McGowan), and was nominated twice for a Golden Globe for The Tudors. His other films include Bend It Like Beckham (2002, with Keira Knightley) and Mission Impossible III (2006, starring Tom Cruise).
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Actress Natalie Dormer played Anne Boleyn to his Henry VIII in Tudors.

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