Jude Law is a British actor who was repeatedly awarded with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Cesar, the Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Literature.
British actor Jude Law
His filmography lists such outstanding projects as "Talented Mr. Ripley," "Cold Mountain," "Proximity," "Sherlock Holmes," "Gattaca," "Anna Karenina," "The Sword of King Arthur".
Undoubtedly, Law's fans would continue this list. We here provide some peculiar details about his life.
Childhood. The first roles
Jude was born December 29, 1972, in Louisish, south-eastern region of London. His parents are a school teacher of English, Margaret Ann Hayworth, and a teacher at primary school, Peter Robert Law. His sister, Natasha, a photographer and graphic designer, is three years older.
Jude Law's photos as a child
The actor-to-be was named after McCartney's song "Hey Jude!" that was adored by his parents. Also, this name comes from the novel by Thomas Hardy "Jude the Obscure."
Jude Law with his sister Natasha
Jude's parents were passionate theatergoers and passed their love for the stage to the son. At the age of six, Jude Law debuted in a children's play, and at the age of thirteen he became a member of the troupe of the National Youth Musical Theater. Later he played in such plays as "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1989), "The Ragged Child," (1988) "Les Parents Terribles" (1995).
Jude Law's parents were school teachers
For his role in "Les Parents Terribles," he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for "Outstanding newcomer." Also, he alone from the whole troupe was invited to the Broadway version of the play. By the way, the audience considered "Les Parents Terribles" to be a scandalous play, for in one of the scenes, Jude Law appeared absolutely naked.
Young Jude Law in the play "The Tailor from Gloucester"
His first TV experience took place in 1986. He was invited to take part in one of the episodes of the youth show "Pocket Money."
Very young Jude Law in "Pocket Money"
At the age of 16, he left school after getting the role of a difficult teenager Nathan Thompson in the British soap opera The Family.
«The Family»: Jude Law and Johnny Lee Miller
In 1994, Law debuted in a full-length though low-budget film "Shopping", in which his future wife, Sadie Frost, took part.
Screen shot from the movie "Shopping" (1994)
Career jump up
In 1996, Jude starred in the melodrama "I Love You, I Love You not," and later in the drama "Bent." A year later, the actor appeared in the biopic "Wilde" about the creative work and personal life of Oscar Wilde. The Evening Standard called Law's work the best debut of the year.
Jude Law in his youth: before popularity
After his success in Britain and on the Broadway stage, Law began to appear in the films of Hollywood filmmakers. In 1997, he starred in the fantasy thriller "Gattaca" with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. He played Jerome Eugene Morrow – a genetically perfect person (in the movie they were called "valid"), which was bent in the accident. Alas, the film had little success and failed at the box office.
A screenshot from "Gattaca" (1995)
In 1997, the actor starred in Clint Eastwood's film "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" along with Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.
Although all the three pictures turned out to be financially unsuccessful, Jude Law's play was appreciated by the critics. He was characterized as "a charming young man with natural magnetism and hot appearance."
Jude Law looks like the young Clint Eastwood (on the left)
The following films with his participation were received more warmly: the melodrama "I love you, I love you not" (1997), "Music from Another Room" (1998), "The Wisdom of Crocodiles" (1998).
Younger Jude Law
In the fall of 1997, Jude Law married Sadie Frost, and the same year, together with the wife and his friend Ewan McGregor, he founded the film company Natural Nylon, which existed until 2004. The films "Existenz," "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", "Property of Mahowoni" were released by this company. The main roles were played, of course, by Jude Law himself.
The founders of the Natural Nylon company
However, Jude's true breakthrough was the role of the rich playboy Dicky Greenleaf in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. For this work, Jude Law was nominated for "Oscar" ("Best Supporting Actor") and "Golden Globe" (the same nomination). This film is also memorable by the fact that Law broke his rib while shooting the scene on the yacht and by saxophone lessons he took.
"The Talented Mr. Ripley," fragment
In 2001, Law starred in the Hollywood drama "Enemy at the Gates," a film adaptation of the historic battle for Stalingrad. The film was accepted coldly, especially in Russia – for the film contained a lot of historical mistakes evident for a Russian viewer.
Jude Law in the "Enemy at the Gates"
At the same time, Jude accepted Steven Spielberg's offer to play in the fantasy film "Artificial Intelligence" about robots living side by side with people. Law's character is a robot created especially for sex (robot male prostitute). This role extended Law's collection of "Golden Globe" awards.
"Artificial Intelligence": Jude Law as a robot
The epic war drama "Cold Mountain" about the Civil War triggered another wave of interest toward Jude Law. The film got 173 million dollars at the box office, and Jude got another nomination for the Oscar.
Screenshot from the film "Cold Mountain"
Divorce and career crisis
While Jude Law's career was becoming more and more successful, his family life collapsed. The marriage with Sadie who gave the actor two children (their son Rafferty was born in 1996 and the daughter Iris in 2000) did not work. Law did not spend enough time with his wife. When the third kid Rudy was born in 2002, Law spent only 4 days with his family and left for shooting.
The tension in the family increased after the rumors about Jude's affair with Nicole Kidman, his partner from "Cold Mountain" who had just broken up with Tom Cruise. The actors denied those rumors, but it did not save Jude and Sadie's marriage. In 2003, they got divorced.
In 2003, Jude Law and Sadie Frost got divorced
After the divorce, Sadie accused Jude of being the reason for her deep depression. Moreover, she stated that the baby Iris found Jude's ecstasy tablet on the floor and swallowed it, was hospitalized and almost died.
Iris Law as a child swallowed her father's ecstasy and almost died
Throughout 2003, the press enjoyed discussing the details of Law's divorce process and his new affair with Sienna Miller, his partner in the film "Alfie."
Despite the dubious popularity in the yellow press, in 2004, Law's career continued going up. He played the small roles in "Aviator" with Leonardo DiCaprio and in "Lemony Snicket" with Jim Carrey. In the former, he played a Hollywood idol 30 Errol Flynn, in the latter – Lemony Snicket himself. That year, People magazine called him the sexiest man alive.
Charismatic Jude Law in "Aviator" (2004)
One should also note the psychological drama "Closer," a love story of an unsuccessful writer making a living by writing obituaries, and a stripper (by Natalie Portman). The picture collected 115 million dollars at the box office.
In 2009 Guy Ritchie presented an adaptation of the adventures of the legendary detective from Baker Street. This time, Sherlock Holmes was played by Robert Downey Jr., and his faithful companion Dr. Watson – by Jude Law who was chosen for the role from more than 20 famous actors. The classic story interpreted by the scandalous director was so popular with viewers that in 2011, the tandem Downey-Law reappeared in the sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: The Game of Shadows."
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as another Holmes and Watson
Jude Law's work in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" was clouded with the tragic events, the death of Heath Ledger who played Tony Shepard, the key character of the film. By the time of his death, the shooting had not been completed, and the team found a decision: hey let his character through a magic mirror changing appearance. As a result, Tony was played by Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. All the collected money were transferred to the account of Matilda Ledger, the daughter of the late colleague.
A screenshot from the film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
In 2012, Jude Law pleased those who like classical literature as he starred in the Hollywood adaptation of Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley. He played Karenin, the husband of the main character.
Jude Law as Karenin
Jude Law's personal life
After a divorce with Sadie Frost, Jude Law dated Sienna Miller for three years until she found out that he cheated on her with the nanny of his children from the first marriage.
On the photo: Jude Law and Sienna Miller
In 2008, he dated for a short time the model Samantha Burke, from whom he had a daughter Sofia.
Samantha Burke and her daughter Sofia
Shortly after the break with Burke, the actor returned to Sienna, but in 2011, they broke up for good.
Jude Law and Sadie Frost's children have grown up
In March 2015, Jude Law became a father for the fifth time. The newborn girl Ada's Mom appeared to be a singer Catherine Harding performing under the pseudonym Kat Cavelli. But the actor did not marry Catherine. The affair lasted for one month: it started in London, continued in the Czech Republic on the set of the movie "Spy", and ended after the fimming.
Catherine Harding (right)
On his left arm, Jude has a tattoo that was made with reference to his first wife: "You came along to turn on everyone, Sexy Sadie." This is the line from the song "Sexy Sadie" by The Beatles.
Jude Law's tattoo dedicated to his first wife
In 2009, the actor showered a group of students from New York University who peeked through the windows of his apartment, with oranges.
They managed to make pictures of him working out
The godmother of his daughter Iris is a supermodel Kate Moss.
The Dock – a short film starring Jude Law
In his youth, when Law was enrolled in the troupe of the National Youth Musical Theater, he was placed by mistake to a female hostel, for the administration figured that the name "Jude" was female. The beginning actor did not say anything and was about to settle in the girls room, but they raise hell and he was made a scandal, and he was redirected to a male hostel.
Jude Law is an ardent fan of the Tottenham Hotspur football club.
Jude Law now
Among the latest Law's projects, a few are worth noting. First, the series "Young Pope" (2016). The main character is a fictional cardinal, a 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, the youngest pope ever elected. The Vatican intrigues were liked by the audience, and the series was extended for the second season.
"Jude Law can "Young Pope" interview
In the spring of 2017, a new film by Guy Ritchie "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" with Charlie Hannam starring was released. Jude Law plays an anti-hero who ceased the throne of King Vortigan, Arthur’s uncle, on false pretense.
"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword": Jude Law as Vortigan
A lot of noise was made by Jude Law's approval for the role of young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts," a film in the universe of "Harry Potter", the events of which precede those from films about a young wizard. The author of the books Joanne Rowling does not deny that Dumbledore is homosexual, and many fans are wondering if Law will show this feature by his play. "For me, this is only an additional facet that creates the image of a great magician, whom we all fell in love with," he commented on the rumors.
Jude Law will play the young Dumbledore
Also, Guy Ritchie announced the release of the third part of "Sherlock Holmes" with the same cast (Law, Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams), but he has not told the exact date so far. The beginning of filming had to be postponed because of Downey who currently works at Marvel project.