Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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JRM as Henry VIII - season 3

Date of Birth
: July 27, 1977

Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland

Nickname: Jonny/Johnny

Eye Color: Ice blue/green

Physical Feature: the way he walks is incredibly sexy (Match Point).

Height: 5'10" (1,78 m)

Family: Son of Geraldine Meyers-O'Keeffe (deceased Nov 2007) and John O'Keeffe. Three younger brothers: Jamie, Alan and Paul and two sisters, Sharon and Maria. All musicians.

In the past, has been linked with actresses Asia Argento, Toni Collette, Rachel Leigh Cook, Estella Warren & Irish model Glenda Gilson. Had an on/off relationship with heiress Reena Hammer from 2004 until 2010. Since late 2012, he has been seeing Australian Model Victoria Keon-Cohen.

Education:"I've never gone to acting school and I never will, so I'm learning about the business from the people who are in the business. It doesn't seem like I work at all. And the unknown is always exciting."

Music, Football, working out

Actor Bio:

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Name change:

'Johnny O'Keeffe' doesn't have the star quality of 'Jonathan Rhys Meyers'
Source :
By Aoife Anderson Tuesday November 13 2007

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Photo page - The Tudors WikiIRISH actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has revealed he changed his surname because he thinks his real name, Johnny O'Keeffe, is boring.The 30-year-old Cork star decided to adopt the name Rhys-Meyers at the very beginning of his acting career to make himself sound more interesting. The Tudors heart-throb said the two different names enabled him to separate his work life from his personal life.
"Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was the name I wanted the world to know me by, and not my birth name," he said. "I wanted to create almost this different person, which I suppose doesn't really exist. "People think it's all premieres and parties and glamour. And I suppose Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has some of that. "But Johnny actually sits at home, plays his guitar badly and hangs out with his friends. "It's good that there's a line for me to draw," he added. ...

The actor also revealed that, if he wasn't lighting up the big screen, he would have like to have become good enough at playing the guitar to become a musician. "I play music -- I just never wanted to do it as a job," he said. "My father is a musician, my brothers are musicians. "But if I had pushed it, I am sure I could have learned to be a bit better, to promote it," he added.

Contact at:

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Velvetstown House
County Cork

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Non-acting career:
  • "Knorr" soup commercial
  • Ad campaigns for Hugo Boss and Versace
  • Club Monaeau - Richard Avedon
  • Ad campaign for Energie
  • Executive Producer in "Pass the Salt, Please"
Upcoming Projects:
New NBC TV series about Dracula

  • Belle du Seigneur - 2012
  • Albert Nobbs - 2011
  • Belle du Seigneur- 2012
  • Albert Nobbs- 2011
  • From Paris with Love -2010
  • Shelter - 2010
  • A Film with me in it - 2008
  • The Children of Huang Shi - 2008
  • August Rush - 2007
  • Mission Impossible III - 2006
  • Matchpoint - 2005
  • Alexander - 2004
  • Vanity Fair - 2004
  • The Emperor's Wife - 2003
  • I'll Sleep when I am dead - 2003
  • Octane - 2003
  • The Tesseract - 2003
  • Bend it like Beckham - 2002
  • Tangled - 2001
  • Happy Now - 2001
  • Prozac Nation - 2001
  • Titus - 1999
  • Ride with the Devil - 1999
  • The Loss of Sexual Innocence - 1999
  • B. Monkey - 1998
  • The Tribe - 1998
  • Velvet Goldmine - 1998
  • The Governess - 1998
  • Telling Lies in America - 1997
  • The Maker - 1997
  • The Disappearance of Finbar - 1996
  • Michael Collins - 1996
  • Killer Tongue - 1996
  • A Man of No Importance - 1994

  • Dracula
  • The Tudors
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Gormenghast
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Elvis
  • The Tudors

Big Break: Velvet Goldmine, Bend It Like Beckham & Elvis

Award Nominations:
  • 2011 Monte Carlo Television Golden Nymph Awards: Best Performance By An Actor: The Tudors
  • 2011 The Irish Film & Television Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series: The Tudors
  • 2009 Monte Carlo Television Golden Nymph Awards: Best Performance By An Actor: The Tudors
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama: The Tudors
  • 2009 The Irish Film & Television Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series: The Tudors
  • 2008 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for The Tudors
  • 2007 Movie Extra Filmink Award: Best Sort: Match Point
  • 2005 Prime Time Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries for Elvis
  • 1998 London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year for Velvet Goldmine, The Governess, Disappearance of Finbar
  • 2008 The Irish Film & Television Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series: The Tudors
  • 2008 Monte Carlo Television Golden Nymph Awards: Best Performance By An Actor: The Tudors
  • 2008 Trinity College Philosophical Society: Honorary Patronage Award
  • 2006 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Elvis
  • 2006 GQ Men Of The Year Award
  • 2005 Chopard Trophy: Outstanding Newcomer: Match Point
  • 2005 Sattelite Awards: Outstanding Actor In A Miniseries: Elvis
  • 2002 Venice International Television Festival: Canal Grande Award For The Best Young Promising Actor:The Magnificent Ambersons
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII in The TudorsTalk about...

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Interview with JRM in Details Magazine">Interview with JRM in Details Magazine</a>

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A few of JRM's favourites in 2007
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Messages for Jonathan Rhys Meyers
from the fans

started after the Golden Globes awards show
  • has a chihuahua named Bruce - nicknamed Boo Boo
  • worked with the Hope Foundation to highlight the plight of street children in India. Hope — which was founded in Cork is now involved in a total of 57 different projects in India including ventures to help street children in Calcutta. - 2008
  • born with a heart condition & baptised quickly for fear he would not live long
  • father left the family when he was 3 and he spent some time in an orphanage and on a farm
  • expelled from school at the age of 16
  • discovered in a pool hall in Cork
  • changed his last name to "Rhys" Meyers, his mother's maiden name when he took up acting
  • beat out at least 200 actors for the part of Elvis which he was nominated for an Emmy Award & a Golden Globe
  • has homes in Morocco, London, Dublin & LA
  • invested in a Warsaw supermarket with a group of Irish farmers
  • he "hates computers" and only uses it for iTunes. "I'm into world music," he said. "Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan is the greatest singer of all time." - 2009
  • he "loves television" and his favorite show is Law & Order: SVU. "Mariska Hargitay," he says, placing his hand on his heart, "is my crush."



JRM in Soho, London May 2010
Snapped in a car in Soho London May 2010
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers - The Tudors Wiki
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - The Tudors Wiki
JRM with his Best Actor award
at the 5th annual IFTA's (2008)
& below his acceptance speech
JRM with award
with his Honorary Patronage award from
the Trinity College Philosophical Society
during a special ceremony on
Sunday, October 6, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland.

Society president Barry Devlin said, “We look for people who we feel represent the spirit and values embodied by former pioneering Irish people like Oscar Wilde. We are delighted to present this award to such a list of diverse and talented individuals such as Jonathan Rhys Myers.”
Other recipient of this award was r
epublican presidential candidate John McCain in 2006.

JRM & his mom

Jonathan with his proud Mum, Geri Meyers-O'Keeffe, who died in 2007 at the age of 50 after a short illness.

Celebrities at her funeral at St. Joseph's Church in Glanmire, County Cork, included fellow actors Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. Rhys Meyers attended with his girlfriend, Reena Hammer; his father, John O'Keeffe; and his brothers, Alan, Jamie and Paul. The parish priest, the Rev. Noel O'Sullivan, described Meyers-O'Keeffe, a former charity worker, as a "loving, caring mother who would go out of her way to help people.... She was a small woman,
with a big heart."
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Fan Video showing clips of several
of JRM's movie roles
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