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David Jude Heyworth Law (born December 29,
1972) is an English actor. He was born in Lewisham, in South London,
England. His professional name is Jude Law.
A two-time Oscar nominee, his start in
acting wasn't easy. After minor roles in British television, Law had his
breakthrough with Shopping which also featured his future wife Sadie
Frost. For a time Frost and Law were central to the so called "Primrose
Hill set" of young British actors that also included Ewan McGregor.
In 2003, he and wife, actress Sadie Frost,
by whom he has three children, Rafferty (b. 1996), Iris (b. 2000) and
Rudy (b. 2002), divorced. He became engaged to Sienna Miller, his
co-star in the remake of Alfie.
On November 17, 2004, Jude Law was named
People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive". The 2004 remake of Alfie was a
box-office flop, only making back about half of its estimated $60
million budget, and voted one of the worst remakes of all time by a
British film magazine. Some film critics contended that though Law had
been effective in supporting roles, his acting range was too limited to
carry a film on his own. Other films of his in 2004, such as Sky Captain
and the World of Tomorrow and I Heart Huckabees also flopped. Aside from
those discretions, Law is a fine character actor and has turned in
first-rate performances such as Gattaca as a frustrated Olympic medalist
bound by a wheelchair, an ill-fated lover of Kevin Spacey's in Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil, Road to Perdition as a sadistic hitman,
and The Talented Mr. Ripley, Law's breakout role for which he was Oscar
nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
On July 18, 2005 Jude Law issued a public
apology to his fiancée for having an affair with his children's nanny,
Daisy Wright, in New Orleans. Law was quoted as saying "I want to
publicly apologise to Sienna and our respective families for the pain
that I have caused. There is no defence for my actions which I sincerely
regret and I ask that you respect our privacy at this very difficult
In 2005, Law and his ex-wife Sadie Frost
reached a divorce settlement after nearly two years of negotiations.
Frost will keep the couple's $4 million London house in Primrose Hill,
and receive payments from Law totalling $2 million.
In August 2005, Law was photographed nude
while attempting to put on his bathing suit at his mothers home in
Vaudelnay, France, and the pictures instantly began circulating the
In October 2005 Law and Miller ended their
Law is a fan of the seminal graphic novel
Watchmen by Alan Moore, so much so he has a tattoo of the fan favourite
psychotic vigilante Rorschach. He has maintained interest in being apart
of a feature film production which has had trouble getting off the
ground for more than a decade. He found out about a recent production by
chance through an interview where he was told Darren Aranofsky, director
of Requiem for a dream was helming a feature film production of Watchmen
to which he responded "Darren Aranofsky?! Watchmen?! I'm there". He has
said that he would most likely play the character Ozymandias, fans of
the comic also put Jude Law as Ozymandias.
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