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Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone. Rhys Meyers grew up with a tumultuous childhood, spending some time in an orphanage and being permanently expelled from school at age 16. Happy to be out of school, he began spending time in a local pool hall where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting. The casting agents were talent-spotting for the David Puttnam production of War of the Buttons (1994), and asked Rhys Meyers to appear for an audition. After three days of auditions, however, he did not get the role, and Rhys Meyers gave up on his acting aspirations. Soon afterward, he received a call to audition for a national ad campaign for Knorr soup, and though embarrassed by the attention from the ad, he soon found himself considered for a major film. His movie acting debut was a very small role in the film A Man of No Importance (1994), where his simple cast credit is as "First Young Man". His first lead role was in the film The Disappearance of Finbar (1996). During a 6-month postponement in production, he returned home to Cork and there received a call about the film Michael Collins (1996). He traveled to Dublin to meet with director Neil Jordan and successfully won the role of Collins's assassin. Jordan wrote about his meeting with the actor, "I have found someone to play Collin's (sic) killer. Jonathan Rees-Myers (sic), from County Cork, apparently, who looks like a young Tom Cruise. [He] Comes into the casting session with alarming certainty. Obviously gifted". Rhys Meyers continued working constantly from that point and appeared in such films as The Maker (1997), Telling Lies in America (1997), and The Tribe (1998). Going on to film The Governess (1998), B. Monkey (1998), Titus (1999) and Ride with the Devil (1999), he has received critical acclaim for several performances, most notably as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine (1998), as "Steerpike" in the British mini-series Gormenghast (2000), and as a sympathetic football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Rhys Meyers is also a talented singer and musician, having performed his own vocals in Velvet Goldmine (1998) and appearing on the film's soundtrack. Rhys Meyers still resides in County Cork, Ireland.  See full bio on IMDb »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- Don't Call It a Comeback! (PHOTO)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Don't Call It A Comeback!

Three weeks after he fell off the wagon ... Jonathan Rhys Meyers emerged Monday in London looking like the new man he promised he'd be.  Meyers was clean-shaven and very well put… READ MORE >

Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- I'm Sorry I Messed Up ... But I'm Good Now

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Sorry I Messed Up But I'm Good Now

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John vs. Jonathan: Who'd You Rather?

John vs. Jonathan
Who'd You Rather?

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- 2752 days ago
Hi, I'm An Alcoholic -- Let's Party!

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Rhys Meyers -- It's Happy Hour Somewhere!

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- 3561 days ago
Rhys Meyers Popped for Being Plowed in Public

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers was nabbed yesterday by Irish cops, after he allegedly got rowdy in Dublin Airport, and he's been charged with public drunkenness and breach of peace, reports the AP.The actor… READ MORE >

- 3562 days ago
Timberlake's Bringin' ... Well, You Know the Rest

Timberlake's Bringin' ... Well, You Know the Rest

What would you do after being named International Man of the Year? For Justin Timberlake, the answer was to make a move for David Furnish's nipple. After Kelly Osbourne and Furnish read… READ MORE >

- 4001 days ago
Rhys Meyers Following in Halle & Demi's Footsteps

Rhys Meyers Following in Halle & Demi's Footsteps

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