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    • In 2006, Jeremy won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Earl of Leicester on Elizabeth I.

    • In 1997, Jeremy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance playing Siegfried Sassoon on The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century: War Without End.

    • In 1990, Jeremy received the François Truffaut Award from the Giffoni Film Festival. In 1997, Jeremy received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Sebastián International Film Festival. In 1998, Jeremy received a Special Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. In 2002, Jeremy was named a Honorary César.

    • In 1991, Jeremy won a CFCA Award for Best Actor for his work in Reversal of Fortune.

    • Jeremy was nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards in 1982. One was for Best Actor for his work in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and the other was for Best Actor for his work in Brideshead Revisited (1981).

    • Jeremy was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1990 for Best Actor for his work in Dead Ringers.

    • Jeremy won an Annie in 1994 for Best Achievement for Voice Acting for his role as Scar in The Lion King (1994).

    • Jeremy was president of the jury at the 2007 Sarajevo Film Festival.

    • Jeremy owns Audi A6 Quatro estate, BMW cruising bike, and Ducati motorbike. He has owned Morris Minor, Honda 50, and a Volkswagen Beetle. Jeremy owns a signet ring with his father's initials, PDI, engraved on it.

    • At the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007), Jeremy was awarded "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Television)" for his performance in Elizabeth I. Jeremy won the 2007 Golden Globe award for 'Best Supporting Actor (Series, Mini-Series or Made for Television)' for his role in Elizabeth I.

    • Jeremy Irons is a good friend with actress Glen Close.

    • Jeremy has co-starred with John Malkovich in two movies. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Eragon (2006), though they didn't have any scenes together in Eragon.

    • Jeremy's favorite poem is "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence.

    • Jeremy Irons is famous among The Simpsons fans for having a name difficult to anagram. The best that Lisa Simpson was able to do was Jeremy's Iron.

    • At the 1991 Tony Awards, Jeremy Irons became the first celebrity to wear the red ribbon supporting the fight against AIDS.

    • Jeremy is a fan of the English Football Club "Portsmouth F.C."

    • Jeremy was once voted "Man of the Match" while playing a charity fundraiser tennis match in 1991.

    • Throughout Jeremy's life, he has had the pleasure of meeting multiple world renown people. Among these are Queen Elizabeth II, and Sir Elton John.

    • In 1985, Jeremy directed a music video for Carly Simon and her heavily promoted single of Tired of Being Blonde.

    • Jeremy once played Severus Snape in Comic Relief's Harry Potter Parody of Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan.

    • At the 1990 Oscars, Jeremy concluded his acceptance speech for best actor in Reversal of Fortune (1990) by thanking "David". The "David" was David Cronenberg, who directed Irons the previous year in Dead Ringers (1988).

    • Jeremy was a member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

    • Jeremy won Broadway's 1984 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.

    • Jeremy narrated the "Spaceship Earth" attraction in Epcot Center.

    • In 1996, Jeremy became the fourteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Actor, Reversal of Fortune (1990), Tony: Best Actor-Play, The Real Thing (1984), and Emmy: Best Voice-Over Performance, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1996) (mini).

    • Jeremy has twice played characters with the same first and last name. The first in Lolita (1997) (Humbert Humbert) and second in And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002) (Valentin Valentin).

    • Jeremy is very politically active, especially in County Cork, Ireland where he has a home.

    • Jeremy was ticketed in England for driving 97 mph. on his BMW motorcycle on June 1, 1995. Irons was charged with speeding and fined $225 and had his motorcycle license suspended for three months.

    • Jeremy enjoys skiing, gardening, and anything else to do with nature. Jeremy is known to be an exceptionally good horseman.

    • Jeremy is 6' 2½" (1.89 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Jeremy Irons: (1986 comment on Robert De Niro) He is a method actor. I think it would be fair to say he's much slower than I am. As a man, Bob dislikes making a decision. And acting is a whole line of decisions. You make a decision every time you play a line -- do I say it like this or like that? But what I saw was a man trying many areas and now and again something would really work.

    • Jeremy Irons: (When asked about why he accepted his role in Dungeons & Dragons) Are you kidding? I'd just bought a castle, I had to pay for it somehow!

    • Jeremy Irons: If we have to pay taxes [for Emmy gift bags], so be it. But don't spend it on bombs, for Christ's sake.

    • Jeremy Irons: Basically, I want to keep working, so I don't worry about the size of the character - if it's interesting, I'll do it. It's quite nice doing smaller roles, in some ways. It means I get home more, and I can get on with my life.

    • Jeremy Irons: I'm never satisfied. I think were I ever satisfied with my work, I'd be in trouble.

    • Jeremy Irons: I've never been passionate about acting, and I find more and more that I work to live the life I want to live. An actor like Al Pacino lives to act. I'm not sure though, there's something about the detachment I have, the feeling of the lack of importance about what I do, that is healthy.

    • Jeremy Irons: We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.

    • Jeremy Irons: Because I'm now successful, what I'm being offered as an actor is more and more of the same.

    • Jeremy Irons: I sing like an actor, but I dance like a duck.

    • Jeremy Irons: The movie industry is run by accountants in Hollywood and it's as simple as this; everyone has a number on their computer. They can look up Jeremy Irons and see what my last five movies have made. Say you want to make a $20m picture, which is relatively cheap. If Jeremy makes $9 million, the director makes $5 million, then you need a leading lady, and they just go through those figures - that's how casting happens. And none of my movies has made a lot of money.

    • Jeremy Irons: My name is certainly not pronounced 'Eye-rons,' but just like the metal. In England we say, 'Eye-ons' - we're lazy about our Rs. Here in the USA, I guess you would say 'Ire-ons.' The name is fairly common in England, it's probably short for 'Ironsmith'.

    • Jeremy Irons: Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up.

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