Jude Law is a British film, television and theater actor, director and producer. He was born in London, where he still lives today. Apart from his roles, Oscar nominations and numerous other awards, he is also known for his love life. Namely, Jude has five children, three of whom he had in his first marriage to actress Sedy Frost, and two from extramarital affairs with other Hollywood beauties.
He attracted the attention of the public with his role in the film “Talented Mr. Ripley”, which brought him the “BAFTA” award for best supporting actor, a nomination for the “Golden Globe” and an Oscar nomination in the same category. Younger generations know him as Dr. Watson from the films about Sherlock Holmes, and as Pope Pius from the planetary popular series “Young Pope”. In addition to his film career, Jude Law can boast of an enviable theatrical career. His roles on “boards that mean life” brought him three nominations for the “Lawrence Olivia” award, and two “Tony” awards.
In the following text, the life story of Jude Law.
Youth and acting beginnings
Jude David Law was born in south London on December 29, 1972, as the second child of teachers Margaret Ann and Peter Robert Lowe. He has an older sister, Natasha. Jude is named after Thomas Hardy’s book “Unknown Jude” and the song “Hey Jude” by the legendary Beatles. He grew up in the south-east of London.
He attended John Ball and Kindbrook Elementary Schools before enrolling in Elaine. At the age of 15, he joined the National Musical Theater. He played several characters in the award-winning play “Dirty Child”, and he got the main role for the first time in the play “The Fastest Clock in the Universe”. After that, he moved to the West End Theater, where he got one of the main roles in the tragicomedy “Terrible Parents”. Acting as Michael in this play, he was nominated for the Lawrence Olivia Award, for Outstanding Young Actor, and the Ian Charleson Award in the same category.
After being renamed “Recklessness”, Jude Law played on “Broadway”, side by side with actors Kathleen Turner, Roger Reese and Cynthia Nixon. For this role, he won a nomination for the “Toni” and “TWA” awards.
In 1989, Jude appeared on television for the first time, in a film based on the book “The Tailor from Gloucester” by the British writer Beatrice Butter. After several minor roles in television projects, including a role in the TV soap opera “Families”, Lou got a role in the crime drama “Shopping” in which he starred with Sadie Frost, his future wife. He got a minor role in the series “Sherlock Holmes” produced by “TV Granada”.
The year 1997 was crucial for the young actor, because then he got a role in a biographical film about the writer Oscar Wilde. This role brought him an award for the most promising young actor. This was followed by a role in the SF film “Gattaca”, in which he played a former swimming star, who had to retire from sports due to illness. In the same year, he worked with the famous Clint Eastwood on the film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. Then he got the opportunity to act with the already famous John Cusack and Kevin Spacey. In 1999, the film “Talented Mr. Ripley” was released, which, like Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett, brought him numerous speculations.
Lou won the hearts of audiences around the world, and the “BAFTA” award for best supporting actor. In 2001, he played the Russian sniper Vasily Zaytsev in the film “The Enemy at the Door”, and learned to play ballet in order to portray his character in the film “Artificial Intelligence” as faithfully as possible. The following year, he played a contract killer in the drama “The Road Without Return”. In 2003, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, playing side by side with Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger in the historical drama “Cold Mountain”. The following year, he made six films – “I Heart Huckabees”, “Heavenly Captain and the World of Tomorrow”, “Alpha”, “Closeness”, “Aviator”, and “A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket”. In 2006, he played his brother Kate Winslet in the romantic comedy “Holiday”. Lowe and Winslet starred again in the thriller “All the King’s Men” the same year, accompanied by Sean Penn. In the same year, a new film by Anthony Mingle arrived in cinemas. It is about the crime drama “Burglary”, in which he played Will Francis.
In the same year, he was included among the top 10 richest Hollywood actors. On March 1, 2007, the French government declared him the Knight of Art, and that year he made two films – “My Blueberry Nights” and the thriller “Detective”. That year, the filming of “Dr. Parnassus’ Imagination”, directed by Terry Gilliam, was completed. Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell, played the character when the prematurely deceased Heath Ledger played before them.
In 2009, he played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes. The tandem Law – Robert Downey Jr., proved to be very good, so the reactions of audiences around the world were like that. In 2010, he returned to the SF genre in the action film “Repo Men”. In the same film, they played Forest Whitaker and Alice Braga.
The following year, the second sequel to the film about Sherlock Holmes was made, entitled “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, which repeated the success of the previous part.
In 2011, he also starred in the films “Hugo”, “360” and “Contagion”. The following year, he made two short films, The Homeless Polar Bear and The Boy in the Oak. 2012 was also marked by the role of Karenina in the drama “Ana Karenina”.
In addition, he borrowed a voice in the animated adventure “The Rise of the Guardians”. A year later, he made three films – “Connections”, “Hemingway’s House” and “Side Effects”. Jude Law did not rest during 2014, when he made three films – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Black Sea” and the short film “Mr. Wager”. The following year, he played Bradley Fine in The Spy. In 2016, he recorded the biographical drama “Genius” with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
That same year, HBO began airing the Young Pope series. Jude Law interprets Lenny Ballard, Pope Pius 13, the first American pope in history. The series experienced great popularity, and Lou once again stood out with his excellent acting.
In 2017, the film “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” was released, in which Jude Law plays the evil King Vortigern. In May of the same year, the drama “National Theater Live: Obsession” appeared in cinemas, in which Lou plays a tramp who falls in love with a married woman and wishes to kill her husband in order to have her only for himself.
During this year, the third sequel to the film about Sherlock Holmes, in which Lowe will play Watson again, should appear on the big screen, as well as the second sequel to the adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2”.
In May 2009, he returned to London from America to play the title role in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the West End Theater. The play was also performed at Elsinore Castle in Denmark, from August 25 to 30, 2009, and in September 2009 it was moved to the “Broadhurst Theater” in New York. Opinions of critics were divided, so that the “Daily Mail” magazine published only positive comments, while the “Washington Post” assessed his performance as “disappointing”. However, in 2010, Lowe was nominated for the best lead actor in the play.
Jude Law is a great animal rights activist, and in 2002, together with other celebrities, he shot an advertisement in which he appealed to people to stop killing animals for their fur.
Since 2005, he has been the trademark of “Danhila” for the area of Asia, and in 2008 he became the ambassador of this company for the whole world. In the same year, he became the face of Dior’s perfume “Homme Sport”. For many years, he has been actively involved in humanitarian work. He is the founder of several foundations that deal with helping children around the world, as well as those suffering from cancer and other diseases. In July 2007, he spent ten days in the war zone in Afghanistan, filming a documentary on the occasion of the UN International Day of Peace. The film “The Day After Peace” premiered at the “International Cannes Film Festival”. In September 2008, it was shown in the Royal Albert Hall. In 2011, he joined large-scale protests against Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus.
Jude Law was, as stated, born in London. Still, he spent much of his life making films around the world. His parents run an acting school in France, while his sister Natasha, also an artist, lives in London. While filming “Shopping”, Jude met Sedi Frost. They were married on September 2, 1997, and divorced on October 29, 2003. They have three children, two sons and a daughter.
While filming “Alfie”, he met actress Sienna Miller and they quickly became a couple. They got engaged on Christmas 2004. As early as November 2006, they broke off their engagement due to Jude’s affair with a nanny. In July 2009, he announced that he would become a father for the fourth time.
His then-girlfriend, American model Samantha Burke, gave birth to a daughter in September 2009.
In December 2009, the media reported that Lou and Sienna Miller had reconciled after starring together in a Broadway play. Together with his children, they spent Christmas in Barbados, but in February 2011, they broke up again.
In October 2014, the actor announced that he was expecting his fifth child, this time the mother is Catherine Harding, who was no longer Jude’s girlfriend at the time of the girl’s birth.
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