Biography of Jude Law
Jude Law is a British theater and film actor, repeatedly awarded with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Cesar awards, holder of the French Order of Arts and Letters.
British actor Jude Law
In his filmography, you can find such outstanding projects as “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “Cold Mountain”, “Proximity”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Gattaca”, “Anna Karenina”, “King Arthur’s Sword”.
We have no doubt that loyal fans will be able to continue this list for a very long time, but for those who have just met this outstanding actor, we offer you to find out interesting details of his life path.
Childhood. First roles
Jude was born on December 29, 1972 in Louisham, southeast London. His parents are school English teacher Margaret Ann Hayworth and elementary school teacher Peter Robert Lowe. His older sister Natasha, who is almost three years older (now a photographer and graphic designer), was already growing up in the family.
Childhood photos of Jude Law
The future actor was named after Paul McCartney’s song “Hey Jude!”, which the parents of the newborn simply adored. However, there is a version that for the name he should say “thank you” to Thomas Hardy’s novel “Jude the Inconspicuous”.
Jude Law with sister Natasha
Mom and dad Judah were avid theatergoers and instilled a love for the stage and son. At the age of 6, little Jude Law made his debut in a children’s play, and at the age of 13 he became part of the troupe of the National Musical Youth Theater, where he was subsequently engaged in productions of Joseph and His Amazing Dreamcoat (1989), The Abandoned Child (1988), ” Terrible parents “(1995).
Jude Law’s parents were school teachers
For his role in the latter, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award as “outstanding newcomer”, and was also the only one from the cast to be invited to the Broadway version. By the way, the audience dubbed “Terrible Parents” a scandalous performance, since in one of the scenes Jude Law appeared completely naked.
Young Jude Law in The Tailor of Gloucestershire
The guy’s first appearance on television took place in 1986. He was invited to one of the episodes of the youth talk show “Pocket Money”.
He dropped out of school at 16 after landing the role of troubled teenager Nathan Thompson on the British soap opera Families.
Families: Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller
In 1994, Lowe made his feature film debut in the low-budget film Shopping, which also starred his future wife, Sadie Frost.
Shot from the film “Shopping” (1994)
In 1996, Jude starred in the melodrama Love You, Don’t Love You, and then in the drama Addiction. A year later, the actor appeared already in the frame of the biographical drama Wilde, dedicated to the work and piquant moments from the personal life of Oscar Wilde. The tabloid Evening Standard called Lowe’s work the best debut of the year.
Jude Law in his youth: the years before popularity
After success in his homeland and on the stage of Broadway, Lowe began acting in the films of Hollywood directors. So, in 1997, he starred in the fantasy thriller “Gattaca” along with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. He played Jerome Eugene Morrow, a genetically perfect human (they were called “Fit” in the film) who was crippled in an accident. Alas, the film was well received by the audience and failed at the box office.
Frame from the film “Gattaca” (1995)
In 1997, the actor starred in Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, along with Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.
Although all three films turned out to be commercially mediocre, critics singled out the performance of Jude Law separately, describing him as “a charming young man with natural magnetism and a sultry appearance.”
Jude Law looks like a young Clint Eastwood (left)
The following films with his participation were more warmly received: the melodrama “I love you, I do not love you” (1997), “Music from another room” (1998), “The wisdom of crocodiles” (1998).
A little more young Jude Law
In the fall of 1997, Jude Law married Sadie Frost and in the same year, together with his wife and friend Ewan McGregor, founded the Natural Nylon film company, which lasted until 2004. Under her name, the films “Existence”, “Sky Captain and the World of the Future”, “Mahowoni’s Property” were released. The main roles in them, respectively, were played by Jude Law himself.
Founders of Natural Nylon Film Studio
But Lowe’s real breakout role was Dickie Greenleaf, a rich life-saver in The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. For this work, Jude Law was nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) and a Golden Globe (a similar nomination). He also remembered the shooting for a broken rib during the scene on the yacht and saxophone lessons.
In 2001, Lowe starred in the Hollywood drama Enemy at the Gates, an adaptation of the historical battle for Stalingrad. The film was received with restraint by critics, especially Russian ones – there were many historical inconsistencies and blunders in the film that caught the eye of Russia.
Jude Law in Enemy at the Gates
At the same time, Jude accepted Steven Spielberg’s offers to star in the science fiction film “Artificial Intelligence” about the time when robots live side by side with people. Lowe’s hero, a robot designed specifically for lovemaking, has replenished the actor’s collection of awards with the Golden Globe.
“Artificial Intelligence”: Jude Law as an erocyborg
Another surge of audience interest in the actor was brought by the historical film Cold Mountain, which told about the period of the Civil War that was disastrous for millions of Americans. The tape was a success in theaters and collected $ 173 million, and Julu brought another Oscar nomination.
Shot from the film “Cold Mountain”
Divorce and creative crisis
While Jude Law’s career was rapidly developing, his family life was on the verge of collapse. Marriage with Sadie, who gave the actor two children (son Rafferty in 1996 and daughter Iris in 2000), was bursting at the seams. Low paid too little attention to his wife. And when in 2002 the third baby Rudy appeared in the family, due to the work schedule, Jude was able to spend only four days with the newborn and his wife, after which he left for the shooting.
Tensions in the family also increased after information appeared in the press about Jude’s affair with Nicole Kidman, a partner in Cold Mountain, who had just experienced a loud break with Tom Cruise. The actors denied the connection, but the marriage of Jude and Sadie did not save. In 2003 they divorced.
Jude Law and Sadie Frost divorced in 2003
After the divorce, Sadie accused Jude of having a lingering depression because of his behavior. Moreover, she stated that baby Iris found an ecstasy pill belonging to him on the floor, which caused her to rush to the hospital and barely escaped death.
Iris Lowe swallowed her father’s ecstasy as a child and almost died
Throughout 2003, the press relished the details of the divorce proceedings and Jude Law’s new romance with Sienna Miller, his co-star in Alfie’s Pretty Boy.
Despite dubious popularity in the tabloids, in 2004, Lowe’s career went up again. So, he played small roles in The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio and Lemony Snicket with Jim Carrey: in the first tape, he reincarnated as the Hollywood idol of the 30s, Errol Flynn, in the second, as the narrator Lemony Snicket himself. That same year, People magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive.
The imposing Jude Law in The Aviator (2004)
It is worth noting the psychological drama “Intimacy” about the novel of a loser writer who makes a living writing obituaries, and a stripper (Natalie Portman). The film grossed $115 million at the box office.
In 2009, Guy Ritchie presented the audience with another film adaptation of the adventures of the legendary detective from Baker Street. This time, Robert Downey Jr. reincarnated as Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful companion Dr. Watson was played by Jude Law, who was chosen for the role from more than 20 venerable actors. The audience liked the classic story in the version of the scandalous director so much that in 2011 the tandem of Downey and Lowe returned in the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are another Holmes and Watson
Jude Law’s participation in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, released in the same year, was associated with tragic events – the death of Heath Ledger, who was Tony Shepard, the key character of the tape. At the time of his death, not all the material had yet been filmed, and the film crew got out of the situation by “passing” his character through a magic mirror that changes appearance. As a result, Tony was visited by Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. They transferred all the money received to the account of the daughter of the late colleague Matilda Ledger.
Frame from the film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
In 2012, Jude Law delighted connoisseurs of classical literature by starring in the Hollywood adaptation of Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley. He was to play Karenin, the husband of the main character.
Jude Law as Karenin
Jude Law’s personal life
After his divorce from Sadie Frost, Jude Law dated Sienna Miller for three years until he was caught cheating with the nanny of his children from his first marriage.
Pictured: Jude Law and Sienna Miller
In 2008, he briefly dated model Samantha Burke, with whom he had a daughter, Sophia.
Samantha Burke and her daughter Sofia
Shortly after the break with Burke, the actor returned to Sienna, but in 2011 they fled completely.
Jule Lowe and Sadie Frost’s kids have grown up
In March 2015, Jude Law became a father for the fifth time. The mother of the born baby Ada was the singer Katherine Harding, performing under the pseudonym Kat Cavelli. But the common child did not force the actor to go down the aisle – their month-long romance, which began with an acquaintance in London and continued in the Czech Republic, on the set of the film “Spy”, ended after filming ended.
Katherine Harding (right)
In May 2019, Jude Law secretly married his girlfriend, 32-year-old Philippa Cohen. Philip is a psychologist by training.
Jude Law and his wife Philippa Cohen
On his left arm is a tattoo in honor of his first wife: “You came along to turn on everyone, Sexy Sadie” (“you came to turn everyone on, sexy Sadie”). This is a line from the song “Sexy Sadie” by The Beatles.
Jude Law wife tattoo
In 2009, the actor threw oranges at a group of NYU students who were peeking through his apartment window.
They managed to film his workout
The godmother of his daughter Iris was supermodel Kate Moss.
In his youth, when Lowe was enrolled in the troupe of the National Youth Musical Theater, he was mistakenly placed in a women’s hostel, as the administration decided that the name “Jude” was female. The aspiring actor did not say anything and wanted to move into a room with the girls, but they threw a scandal, and he was transferred to the men’s hostel.
Jude Law is an ardent fan of Tottenham Hotspur football club.
Jude Law now
Among the latest projects with the participation of Low, it is worth noting a few separately. Firstly, the series The Young Pope (2016), whose main character is the fictional Cardinal 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, who was elected the youngest pope in history. The audience liked the intricacies of Vatican intrigues, and the series was renewed for a second season.
In the spring of 2017, Guy Ritchie’s new film “King Arthur: The Sword” starring Charlie Hunnam was released in Russian cinemas. Jude Law played the anti-hero who tricked King Vortigen, Arthur’s uncle, into taking over the throne.
King Arthur: Jude Law as Vortigen
Jude Law’s claim to play the young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, a Harry Potter film that precedes the young wizard film series, made a lot of noise. The author of the books, JK Rowling, does not hide the fact that Dumbledore is homosexual, and many fans wondered if Low would convey this trait in his character. “For me, this is just an additional facet that creates the image of a great magician, whom we all fell in love with,” he commented on these rumors.
Jude Law to play young Dumbledore
Guy Ritchie also announced the release of the third part of “Sherlock Holmes” in the same cast (Low, Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams), but has not yet named the exact date. The start of filming had to be postponed due to Downey’s workload in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.