Jude Law is a British actor born on December 29, 1972. He started his acting career in theater plays and small roles in some feature films before finding his breakthrough in “The Talented Mr, Ripley” (1999) where he played the character Anthony Minghella, earning him a B.A.F.T.A. Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and an Oscar nomination. Law further gained both commercial and critical success through “Enemy at the Gates” and Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” in 2001, as well as Sam Mendes’ 2002 “Road to Perdition.” He was the face behind the iconic Dr. Watson in the 2009 and 2011 “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Some of his most recent works were the movie adaptions of J. K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” in 2018 and 2022 where he appeared as young Albus Dumbledore. Today, we’re going to share with you his amazing life story to celebrate his special day.
David Jude Heyworth Law
December 29, 1972
David Jude Heyworth Law was born in Lewisham, London, England on December 29, 1972. He is the second child of Peter Robert Law and Margaret Anne Heyworth; both of them were orphans. He has an older sister named Natasha. Law spent most of his childhood growing up in Blackheath, an area on the southeastern side of London. He studied at John Ball Primary School and the Kidbrooke School before going to Alleyn’s School. Law’s acting career began when he joined the National Youth Music Theater in 1987. Among his earliest major stage roles was in Philip Ridley’s “The Fastest Clock in the Universe” as Foxtrot Darling. His performance as Michael in the 1994 West End production of Jean Cocteau’s “Les Parents Terribles” earned him the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Law acted on the stage alongside Kathleen Turner, Cynthia Nixon, and Roger Rees, winning an Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theater (Tony Award) and the Theater World Award.
The first T.V. role that Law was featured in was 1989’s “The Tailor of Gloucester,” a movie based on a children’s book by Beatrix Potter. After starring in several small roles in various British T.V. series, he received his first major leading role in “Shopping,” a 1994 British crime drama where he played opposite Sadie Frost, who would later become his wife. He won the Most Promising Newcomer from the Evening Standard British Film Award for his portrayal of Lord Alfred Douglas in “Wilde,” a 1997 biopic of Oscar Wilde. Law’s breakthrough role came in 1999 when he was cast alongside Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anthony Minghella’s psychological thriller, “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Law went back to London’s theater in May 2009 to play the lead role in William Shakespeare’s famous “Hamlet.” He received the John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance. In that same year, Law appeared in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes.” He reprised his role in the movie’s sequel in 2011, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”
Law portrayed Lenny Belardo or Pius XIII in “The Young Pope,” which began airing on Sky Atlantic, H.B.O., and Canal+ in October 2016. He reprised the role in the 2020’s spin-off, “The New Pope.” Some of his most recent works were the movie adaptions of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” in 2018 and 2022 where he appeared as young Albus Dumbledore. In 2019, Law played the character Yon-Rogg in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s global box office success, “Captain Marvel.” Law was married to his “Shopping” co-star, Frost, from September 1997 to October 2003. The couple had three children. Law had a short-lived relationship in 2008 with American model Samantha Burke, who subsequently gave birth to his fourth child in September 2009. His fifth child was born to Catherine Harding in 2015. Law married Phillipa Coan on May 1, 2019. The couple’s first child, as well as Law’s sixth child, was born in September 2020.
Law begins his acting career by joining the National Youth Music Theater.
Law receives his first T.V. role in “The Tailor of Gloucester.”
Law appears in a British crime drama, “Shopping.”
Law receives the B.A.F.T.A. Award and two nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for his performance in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
Law portrays the young Albus Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” as well as Yon-Rogg in the commercially successful “Captain Marvel.”
Why We Love Jude Law
He is an actor with taste
Law isn’t the kind of actor who will just act in anything as long as he gets paid. He once said that he only wanted to do the kind of work that he would like to go and see. He is always on the lookout for work that will teach him something new and that will give him the chance to collaborate with people whom he can learn something from.
He is a philanthropist
Law has long been known to be involved in numerous charitable activities, as well as supporting many foundations and causes. Some of the organizations he has collaborated with include the Make Poverty History, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Breast Cancer Care.
He loves animals
Law is against the use of animal furs. He directed “Fur and Against.” It was a respect for animals anti-fur cinema commercial in 2002.
5 Surprising Facts
His name comes from The Beatles’ song ‘Hey Jude.’
He gets misplaced
When he first joined the National Youth Music Theater, he was mistakenly placed in the female dormitory due to his name.
His former roommates
Law used to share a room with actors Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller.
A memento keeper
Law still keeps the shirts that his characters wore in “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Gattaca,” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” during the scene when they were killed.
He’s a football enthusiast
Law is known as a supporter of London’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Jude Law FAQs
Who are Jude Law’s six children?
From the eldest to youngest, Law’s children are named Rafferty, Iris, Rudy, Sophia, and Ada. The name of his sixth and youngest child is unknown.
What does Jude Law’s family do?
His parents used to be teachers. They are now running a drama school and theater in Vaudelnay, France, where they live. His sister, Natasha, is a London-based illustrator and artist.
Was Jude Law in “Iron Man?”
Law was considered to play the role of Aldrich Killian in 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” but he turned it down.
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