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ABOUT JEREMY NORTHAM
Date of Birth: December 1, 1961
Birth Place: Cambridge, England
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'2" (1,88 m)
Parents: John Northam (Father, a literature professor and specialist in Norwegian playwright/poet Henrik Ibsen); Rachel Northam (Mother, also a University professor--deceased in 2000) Siblings: Christopher (brother); Tim (brother); Kate (sister)
Now divorced, was married to make-up artist Liz Moro (April 2005 - 2009/?)
Education: BA in English Literature from Bedford College, University of London
Actor Bio: at Wikipedia
Jeremy Philip Northam was born in Cambridge, England to parents John and Rachel, both university professors. John Northam is best known for his translations of Ibsen. The family moved to Bristol in 1972 where Jeremy attended Bristol Grammar School. Jeremy graduated from Bedford College, University of London, in 1984 with a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature. After graduation, he attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked his way through regional theater to the London stage. Northam was the recipient of the prestigious Olivier Award - the British equivalent of the Tony - for outstanding newcomer, for his 1990 performance as Edward Voysey, the moral pivot of the Royal National Theatre revival of the 1905 play "The Voysey Inheritance." In 1994 he made his American film debut in the thriller, The Net (1995), with Sandra Bullock followed by his beloved portrayal of Mr. Knightley in Miramax's "Emma" (1995) starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. Northam has continued to thrill his audiences with his many acclaimed performances which include big budget productions, smart, independent projects and even television and audio books. Presently, Jeremy can be seen portraying Sir Thomas More in the Showtime series, The Tudors.
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|Bio Article (thanks to Gill Fraser Lee of the Jeremy Northam Fan Blog- link below - June 2010): |
"Who is Jeremy Northam?
Jeremy’s upbringing is fairly well-documented. He was the last of four children born to academic parents living in Cambridge and later Bristol, and has described his childhood as happy and surrounded by music and books. He has said he can’t imagine being anything other than an actor, yet this is a man with the intelligence to have successfully tackled many occupations. Although blessed with a natural ability and head-turning good looks, it is this fierce intelligence, as well as a perfectionist approach to his work, that make him such an exceptional actor. He works hard and loves his job, but seems to have no desire for celebrity status and recognition. So, beyond his work, we know little.
There was a time, when Jeremy was actively promoting his movie career, that he gave quite a number of interviews, did photo shoots and appeared on chat shows and panel shows as ‘himself’. Inevitably, for a breathtakingly handsome man who at the time was between relationships, he was asked a lot about his love life, and almost despite himself, it seemed, he would blurt out something terribly personal. It was very endearing, and the impression one gets from these interviews is of a gentle, funny, fun-loving yet intense, deeply thoughtful and intelligent man. There’s a slight awkwardness, he affects to be a little at sea as far as relationships are concerned, there’s a seriousness, and an almost overdone self-deprecation. He says he memorises a poem every day. There are also rumours of him being quick to temper. To say he’s complex is, I suspect, understating things. Once or twice, he was persuaded to speak about the death of his parents and the profound effect it had on him, and I find those interviews almost unbearable to read. It seems too personal and raw to be revealed.
However, after 2002, and I can’t tell you why, the interviews pretty much stopped, and those very few Jeremy has given more recently are guarded, devoid of any personal information, and seem to be given extremely reluctantly. They are entirely driven by a requirement to promote his work, and not himself. My favourite recent interview is a video clip of Jeremy alongside Bryan Brown, given at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, to promote the movie Dean Spanley. The two look as if they have had a well-fortified lunch, they obviously get on well and enjoyed working on the movie, and the interview is great fun. I think we get a glimpse of the man...."
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Jeremy with then wife Liz Moro
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