Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce


6/1/1947, Holywell, North Wales

Birth Name

John Price


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Jonathan Pryce was born on 1st June 1947 in Holywell, North Wales, the youngest of three children. His father, Isaac, was a coal miner and passed away in 1976. His mother, Margaret Ellen, was a retail cashier. As a young child he enjoyed performing in front of his…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1996, Jonathan voiced Stanley Kubrick, in a documentary about him (Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man). Kubrick had refused to take part.

    • Jonathan has won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Miss Saigon (1991), and he was nominated previously for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Comedians (1977) and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1985).

      He also won a Theatre World Award for Comedians in 1977.

    • In 1984, Jonathan appeared on Broadway in Death of an Anarchist, as The Fool.

    • Jonathan narrated the audio version of the Daphne Du Maurier book My Cousin Rachel.

    • In 1996, Jonathan was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for: Carrington (1995).

    • In 1984, Jonathan was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).

    • Jonathan's first television role was in the Doomwatch episode Fire & Brimstone in 1972 as a Police Constable.

    • Jonathan's first film role was in Voyage of the Damned (1976).

    • From January 17, 2006 - July 16, 2006, Jonathan played con man "Lawrence Jameson" in the hit Broadway Musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Imperial Theater in New York City. When Pryce, who had replaced John Lithgow, left the show, Keith Carradine took over the role until the show closed on September 3, 2006.

    • Jonathan won two Tony Awards: in 1977 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Comedians, and in 1991 for Best Actor (Musical) for Miss Saigon.

    • Jonathan appeared in most of Nissan's luxury car division in America, Infiniti's television ads in the mid-1990s.

    • Jonathan is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    • Jonathan was the artistic director of the Liverpool Everyman, during the seventies.

    • Jonathan is an Associate Member of RADA.

    • Jonathan performed in plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the period 1978 to 1987.

    • Jonathan was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical of 2001 for his performance in My Fair Lady at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton and then later at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

    • Olivier Awards (British Theatre)

      Actor of the Year in a Revival for The Taming of the Shrew (1979) (Nomination).
      Actor of the Year in a Revival for Hamlet (1980) (Won).
      Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical for Miss Saigon (1989/90) (Won).
      Best Actor in a Musical for Oliver! (1995) (Nomination).
      Best Actress for a Delicate Balance (1998) (Nomination)
      Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment for My Fair Lady (2002) (Nomination)
      Best Actor for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2005) (Nomination)

    • Jonathan was one of the stars of Dark Blood (1993), along with Judy Davis and River Phoenix, but the movie was never released due to Phoenix's death during filming in 1993.

    • Jonathan is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • (on Dublin, where he filmed in 2007)
      Jonathan: I loved everything about it! The people, the city, the Guinness, the food, the Guinness, the work, the crew. Did I mention the Guinness?

    • Jonathan: I live a very ordinary life. The rare awards ceremonies I go to are quite fun, because I can enjoy the irony of one minute walking to the tube, and the next being driven along the same stretch of road in a limo. I have just enough public appreciation to make me happy. I know people whose entire lives are ruined by fame. If you make yourself exclusive, people want to break that down, but if you go about doing your shopping, no one bugs you.

    • Jonathan Pryce: I'm not a star, I'm an actor - there's a difference!