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David Jude Law, known as Jude Law was born in Lewisham, London in 1972, where he joined the National Youth Theatre, enabling him to play various roles at Edinburg Fringe including The Ragged Child.
His first major role was in The Fastest Clock in the Universe where he played Foxtrot Darling at the Hampstead Theatre 1992. He then went on to play Michael in Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles, which had him nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer and also won the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. The play was then remastered, including a name change and taken to Broadway where Law revived the role as Michael. The play, now called Indiscretions, earned Law the Theatre World award and be nominated for a Tony Award. His award repertoire includes three nominations for Laurence Olivier Awards and two Tony Awards. In 2009 Law returned to the stage in title role of Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse West End Season, the performance was later taken to Elsinore Castle, where Hamlet was originally set in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, this performance was then taken to New York at the Broadhurst Theatre and he was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in the Tony Awards and Best Shakespearean Performance at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards. Other notable performances include his title role in Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013 and his title role in Doctor Faustus at the Young Vic Theatre.
Outside the theatre Law is, perhaps best known for his performances in feature films. His first major film role was in Wilde, alongside Stephen Fry, winning him the “Most Promising Newcomer”. At the Evening Standard British Film Awards. He later took on the role of Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) alongside Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, where he learned the saxophone for the role and won the MTV Movie Award and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and nominated for six other awards. Other notable films are A.I. Artificial intelligence (2001), Alfie (2004), The Holiday (2006), Contagion (2011), Side Effects (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Vote||Donmar Warehouse||2015||Review|
|Henry V||Henry V||Noel Coward||2013||Review|
|Anna Christie||Mat Burke||Donmar Warehouse||2011||Review|
|Doctor Faustus||Doctor Faustus||Young Vic||2002||Review|
|'Tis Pity She's a Whore||Giovanni||Young Vic||1999|
|Les Parents terribles||Michael||Lyttelton||1994|
|Live Like Pigs||Col||Royal Court Theatre||1993|
|The Fastest Clock in the Universe||Foxtro Darling||Hampstead Theatre||1992|