Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers


7/27/1977, Dublin, Ireland

Birth Name

Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe



Also Known As

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Jonathan Rhys-Myer, Jonathan Rhys Myers
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Jonathan was born in Dublin, Ireland on 27 July, 1977. When the actor was almost a year old, his family moved to County Cork, Ireland. When Jonathan was three years old, his father left and his mother had to take care of Jonathan and his 3 younger brothers.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On November 21, 2007, Jonathan's mother, Geraldine Meyers, passed away at age 50, after a battle with a sudden illness.

    • On November 18, 2007, Jonathan was arrested at the Dublin Airport in Dublin, Ireland for 'public drunkenness' and 'breach of the peace.' He was later released on bail.

    • In 2005, Jonathan won the Chopard Trophy for "Male Revelation" at the Cannes Film Festival.

    • In 2005, Jonathan won "Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television" at the Satellite Awards for his role as Elvis in the 2005 mini-series, Elvis.

    • In 2006, Jonathan was ranked #16 on E!'s 'Sexiest European Stars' list.

    • As of 2005, Jonathan is dating Reena Hammer.

    • Jonathan's middle name, "Rhys," is pronounced like "Reese."

    • In April 2007, Jonathan checked into rehab for an alcohol-treatment program. He decided he needed a break to continue his recovery after a succession of non-stop filming. He was out of rehab in early May, just 2 weeks after he checked in.

    • As of 2007, Jonathan resides in Los Angeles, California.

    • In 2003, Jonathan got his break by starring in a film called Bend It Like Beckham alongside Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley.

    • Jonathan's first professional job was in a Knorr Soup commercial in 1994.

    • In 2001, Jonathan modeled for the Fall/Winter collection for

    • In December 2006, Jonathan became the new face of Hugo Boss' male fragrance 'Hugo.' He appeared in TV commercials and print ad campaigns and was the first celebrity ever used by Hugo Boss in its advertisements.

    • Jonathan's nickname is Jonny.

    • Jonathan is 5'10" (1.78 m).

    • Johnny dated Australian actress, Toni Collette after they starred as husband and wife in Velvet Goldmine. He has often referred to her as his 'first love.'

    • Jonathan was nominated for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television' at the 2006 Golden Globes Awards for his role in Elvis.

    • Jonathan was nominated for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or a Movie' at the 2005 Emmy Awards for his role in Elvis.

    • Has a horse named Belle.

    • He is a talented singer and musician.

    • Has a nephew named Dylan from his brother.

    • Jonathan was born with a heart condition. So, in fear that he would not live very long, his parents quickly baptized him.

    • Jonathan sang some of the songs that appeared in the movie, Velvet Goldmine.

    • Jonathan beat out over 200 actors to play the role of Elvis Presley in Elvis.

    • In order to avoid being typecasted as boyish junkies and weak-willed characters, Jonathan underwent rigorous training in 2004 to gain 25 pounds of muscle so he could be considered for more masculine roles.

    • When Jonathan took up acting, he changed his last name to his mother's maiden name, Meyers.

    • In 1998, Jonathan was chosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine as #34 on their '100 Most Sexy Men In The World' list.

    • Jonathan's parents are named John O'Keefe and Geraldine Meyers. His 3 younger brothers are named Jamie, Paul, and Alan.

  • Quotes

    • Jonathan: (regretting an altercation with airline staff in 2007, when he was under the influence of alcohol) Drinking is not the way forward for me at all. I never even drank until I was 25 anyway. I was in Thailand on my own, filming. I was a little bit lonely and I started drinking.

    • Jonathan: I got bored of one-night stands. I won't say how many I've had. It could be two, it could be 200.

    • Jonathan: I'm not intimidated by tough women, I'm attracted to them. I wouldn't date an actress. Too difficult and too competitive. I'm the only actress in my life! They are all drama queens. Let me say, from someone who is a drama queen, they all are.

    • Jonathan: As opposed to being romantic and poetic about it, I start walking hand in hand with my own honesty about myself. I would never sit down and study a character. The character is in me and all I have to do is bring it to the surface, so I look really truthfully at myself and what I am. If you're giving an honest emotion and you're not trying to fake anything, it's going to be beautiful because honesty is what people feel, essentially, and it can turn into art. Every character I play is just an aspect of who I am. Everybody has every emotion in the world. Some people aren't able to surface them and I'm lucky enough that I can.

    • Jonathan: (On how early rejections made him more driven in his pursuit of an acting career) It drove me to madness. And it drove me to an anger, a hunger to where I wanted to prove them wrong and so I kept going for auditions. I got rejection after rejection. I thought I was fighting Michael Tyson at one point because I was just getting beaten so much, beaten so much, beaten so much. And then... I got a role. It was like punching back. I think I've knocked them out now.

    • Jonathan: What makes acting difficult is the business end of it. Because no matter how genius an actor is or how many millions of dollars he makes, he can look back in his past and see a sea of rejection, even the people who are at the top of their game.

    • Jonathan: I don't love acting. How can you love something when you sit around 12 hours a day and work 10 minutes a day? I'm just doing it because it keeps me off the streets and out of jail.

    • Jonathan: I've only had one girlfriend who I didn't cheat on. Men are like that. No matter how many times you eat pasta, some night you're going to want steak.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: My mother said I was a star when I was about four years old. That's all I need.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I can't watch a performance I've done under any circumstances. I got Emmy nominated for Elvis last year, but I've never seen it. You can't guarantee than anything you do is going to be good…All you can do is do it.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I wouldn't date an actress. There's only room for one actor in my life and I'm it. Too difficult. On the one hand, they understand the job. But on the other hand, it's very competitive within the relationship. Two actors, say one becomes a mega-star and the other doesn't. Happens all the time. So one is getting so much attention, and the other person feels jealous.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Who wouldn't want the chance of being the world's greatest super-spy agent? It's not reality for me at the moment.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: At some point in your career as an actor you're going to have to get on a Stairmaster. The days of Harris and O'Toole are gone. If you want to be at the top of your game, you can't be out partying with your friends, or having six pints a night down the pub.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I've never gone to acting school and I never will, so I'm learning about the business from the people who are in the business. It doesn't seem like I work at all. And the unknown is always exciting.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: A lot of men are very uptight, but I don't distinguish between male and female beauty. Beauty is beauty.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: You get on a set and immediately people are wiping your ass for you, and nobody tells you when you're being an asshole. I'm sure nobody working for Tom Cruise would turn around and say, 'Tom, don't do that anymore because you're a dickhead to do that'. Actually, he might quite like it.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I once had sex in a trailer. The assistant director opened the door to call us for lunch and we were 'mid-passionate'. The most exciting part was seeing the look on his face.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: There will be ups and downs, but it's important to remember you're on your own beautiful journey and once you're on it you have to see it through to its conclusion and try to never be afraid to do anything because what is the worse that can happen?

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I don't have many friends that are actors. It's a very faux environment. I don't call people up after films.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I find actors who play nasty guys in movies are the nicest guys in real life, and the opposite then goes for heroes.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I think it is important to stay close to your roots and be true to yourself, be honest. I don't want to play games in Hollywood and pretend to be someone else. I still suffer from insecurity and that situation would make it worse.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I felt lower then than I did when I was 13 years old, I remember getting out of the limo with Toni and Christian Bale and walking towards all these photographers, and they were going, 'Hey! Toni! Look over here! Hey, Christian, here!' And I just walked on because nobody had an idea who I was. It was a horrible experience.

    • Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Being an actor is the easiest job. Just say the lines.

  • More then a pretty face.

    Great actor in all he does.
  • Simply great

    He is one of my favorite actors. Hes simply amazing.

    He is perfect in every role. His acting skills are the best i have ever seen.

    He is great in The Tudors and Elvis (my favorite movie, i consider it a movie.)

    He has a thick Irish accent yet in his roles he hides it so well. In Tudors he has an English accent and pulls that off perfectly. In Elvis he has a southern accent and again pulls that off perfectly.

    He really needs another movie or tv show where he is the main character because im sure it would be an instant hit.moreless