Jeremy Northam

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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
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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 <a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Award</a> - 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 <a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">debut</a> in the thriller, The Net (1995), with <a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sandra Bullock</a> 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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Latest Movies & TV:

  • Miami Medical (2010) - Dr. Matthew Proctor
  • Dean Spanley (2008)

Movies & TV (1988 - 2007)

  • 1988 Early TV credits, acting in a remake of "Suspicion" (aired in USA on PBS' "American Playhouse") and a British TV remake of the World War I drama "Journey's End"
  • 1989 Understudied, than replaced, Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of the National Theatre production of "Hamlet"
  • 1990 Starred in the West End production of "The Voysey Inheritance"; won an Olivier Award as Outstanding Newcomer
  • 1991 Appeared in the TV drama "A Fatal Inversion"
  • 1992 Feature film debut, played Hindley Earnshaw in remake of "Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights"
  • 1992 Supported Judi Dench and Michael Williams in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "The Gift of the Gorgon"
  • 1993 Co-starred with Alan Cumming in stage play "La Bete"
  • 1994 Appeared in RSC productions of "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Country Wife"
  • 1995 American film debut as the villainous Jack Devlin opposite Sandra Bullock in "The Net"
  • 1995 Portrayed the real-life schizophrenic composer Peter Warlock in "Voices From a Locked Room"
  • 1996 Had leading role as the dashing Mr. Knightly opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"
  • 1997 Played a small, but brilliantly done, part as Judge Coglin in the movie "Amistad"
  • 1997 Starred opposite Mira Sorvino as her scientist-husband battling genetically altered cockroaches in "Mimic"
  • 1998 Cast as a real estate developer who falls in with a group of free spirits in the British TV-movie "The Tribe"
  • 1999 Had title role in Oliver Parker's film version of Oscar Wilde's play "An Ideal Husband"
  • 1999 Played a gangster in Sidney Lumet's remake of "Gloria", starring Sharon Stone
  • 1999 Portrayed the lawyer representing the title character in David Mamet's remake of "The Winslow Boy"
  • 1999 Returned to the London stage to play half of a gay couple in "Certain Young Men"
  • 2000 Co-starred in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of Henry James' novel "The Golden Bowl"; premiered at Cannes
  • 2001 Played a government operative investigating a potential spy ring in "Enigma"; screened at Sundance
  • 2001 Portrayed British actor-composer Ivor Novello in "Gosford Park", director Robert Altman's period mystery
  • 2002 Cast as a 19th-century poet in "Possession", helmed by Neil LaBute
  • 2003 Appeared in "The Statement", about a former Nazi executioner
  • 2004 Starred opposite James Caviezel in "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius," based on the life of olf legend Bobby Jones
  • 2005 Had a supporting role in Michael Winterbottom's "Tristram Shandy: A **** and Bull Story"
  • 2007 Cast as Thomas More in the Showtime series, "The Tudors"
  • 2007 Co-starred in "The Invasion," a film based on the 1956 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

Jeremy NorthamTalk about...

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  • I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy 'areas.'

  • Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling
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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  • Has an apartment in Marylebone, London; used to have a house on the coast in Norfolk
  • As an adolescent, worked backstage at a local theatre in Bristol; later did a stint as a singing waiter before getting his first role in a TV series

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Jeremy Northam with Sam Neill - Dean Spanley red carpet

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Jeremy with then wife Liz Moro

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