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Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keefe of his real name), is an Irish actor, known for his leading role as Henry VIII in the series “The Tudors”. Also a singer and a model, the young Dubliner knows how to distinguish himself in artistic fields.


A childhood bathed in music

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was born in 1977 in the city of Dublin. He is the son of Geraldine Meyers (whose surname he later adopted for the stage), and John O’Keeffe, a musician.

His family left Dublin within a year of his birth, and Jonathan was surrounded by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was only 3 years old.

His childhood was then to be uneventful. A turbulent student, Jonathan was finally expelled from school at 16. Without a job, he decides to hang out in the billiard rooms, where he meets castmen, looking for a lead role in an Irish film.

They spot him immediately: his physique and his presence seduce them. Even though he was not finally selected, the castmen strongly advised him to turn to comedy.

From his first steps, to the Tudor series..

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers began attending casting sessions, and won his first film role with “A Man of No Importance” in 1994. He then followed this up with the film Michael Collins, where this time he was only an extra.

Three years later, he played a series of roles in “Ride with the Devil”, “Play her like Beckam”, “Vanity Fair”, and “Alexander”. His athletic physique as well as his talent as an actor, allow him to give the line to greats of the cinema, like his Irish counterpart Collin Farrell, or the ravishing Reese Witherspoon.

In 2005, the young man from Dublin even had the opportunity to play for Woody Allen in the film “Match Point”, for which he was awarded a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. Very quickly, the young man is gaining in acting maturity, and is given increasingly interesting roles.

He appeared in “Mission Impossible III” in 2006 and “The Orphans of Huang Shui” in 2008. But Jonathan doesn’t want to limit himself to cinema and decides to explore new horizons, those of television series.

He plays in “Gormenghast”, where he plays Elvis (he will be rewarded with an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe). Then, he was offered the lead role in the famous Tudor historical series, where he played Henry VIII. His performance earned him the greatest success of his career.


  • 1994: A man of no importance
  • 1996: The killer tongue
  • 1996: The disappearence of Finbar
  • 1996: Michael Collins
  • 1996: Samson and Delilah
  • 1996: The Tribe
  • 1997: The maker
  • 1997: Telling lies in America
  • 1998: The governess
  • 1998: Velvet Goldmine
  • 1999: The loss of sexual innocence
  • 1999: B. Monkey
  • 1999: Ride with the devil
  • 1999: Titus
  • 2000: Gormenghast
  • 2002: Prozac Nation
  • 2002: Tangled
  • 2002: Happy now
  • 2002 : The magnificent ambersons
  • 2002 : Play it like Beckham
  • 2002: The tesseract
  • 2002: Octane
  • 2003: Only death can stop me
  • 2003: The emperor’s wife
  • 2003: The lion in winter
  • 2004: Vanity fair, Mira Nair’s vanity fair
  • 2004: Alexandre d’Oliver Stone
  • 2005: Elvis: A Star is Born
  • 2005: Woody Allen match point
  • 2006: Mission: Impossible 3 by J.J. Abrams
  • 2007 to 2010: The Tudors (series)
  • 2007: Brönté
  • 2007: August Rush
  • 2008: The Orphans of Huang Shui
  • 2009: From Paris with love by Pierre Morel
  • 2010: Shelter by Björn Stein

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