Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor.
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1. Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keeffe was 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland.
2. His parents were Geraldine and folk musician John O’Keeffe, and brought up in County Cork, possibly in the city of Cork.
3. His family is Roman Catholic.
4. His three brothers are all professional musicians.
5. He attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School.
6. After being expelled from North Monastery at 14 for truancy, he spent much of his time working and socialising in pool halls.
7. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted him at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition.
8. His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994). In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character’s ambusher.
9. In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.
10. Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000).
11. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match Point (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors (2007–10).
12. He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns.
13. In 2013, Meyers appeared as the villain Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare’s novel, City of Bones.
14. He also starred in the NBC drama series Dracula (2013–14) as the title character. Meyers appeared in the 2015 film Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich.
15. From 2004 until 2012, Meyers was in a relationship with Reena Hammer, daughter of makeup artist Ruby Hammer.
16. In 2007, Meyers’ representative, Meredith O’Sullivan, confirmed that, “After a non-stop succession of filming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-treatment programme.”
17. His representative confirmed Meyers was again receiving treatment in 2010.
18. In November 2011, Meyers was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a judgment of a suspended sentence for public intoxication 24 months earlier.
19. On 20 November 2007, his mother, Mary Geraldine “Geri” O’Keeffe, died at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, aged 51, following a short, undisclosed illness.
20. Rhys Meyers and Mara Lane, who married sometime in 2016, had a son, Wolf Rhys Meyers, in December 2016. Lane said in September 2017 that she had miscarried a second child.