Jeremy Irvine is an English actor, best known for appearing in films such as ‘War Horse’ and ‘Great Expectations.’ Over the years, he has earned a reputation as a method actor. As a kid, he was not particularly interested in becoming an actor and got attracted towards acting only during his high school years. His drama teacher in school inspired him to pursue acting. Following high school, he began attending the ‘National Youth Theatre’ and later got enrolled at the ‘London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.’ After doing theatre for some time, he began auditioning for acting projects and made his film debut in 2011 in the film ‘War Horse,’ wherein he portrayed ‘Albert Narracott.’ He followed it with many critically acclaimed performances in films such as ‘Great Expectations,’ ‘Fallen,’ ‘Stonewall,’ and ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.’ He has also played a key role in the television series ‘Life Bites.’
Childhood & Early Life
Jeremy Irvine was born Jeremy William Fredric Smith, on June 18, 1990, in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, England, to Chris and Bridget Smith. His father, Chris, is an engineer while his mother is into politics, and works as a Liberal Democrat councillor on the ‘South Cambridgeshire District Council.’
With two younger brothers, Lawrence and Toby, Jeremy was the eldest child in the family. His younger brother Toby also pursued acting and appeared in a Jeremy starrer film ‘Great Expectations’.
Jeremy’s great grandfather, Ralph Lilley Turner, was a famous British-Indian philologist. Jeremy was very fond of his grandfather, Irvine Smith, and when it came to choosing his stage name, he chose his grandfather’s first name to be his surname.
While he was growing up, Jeremy had no inclination towards acting. He was an above average student. Things changed drastically for him when he was in high school. He was 16 when he first came in touch with the art of acting, owing to his high school drama teacher at Bedford Modern School.
Jeremy began acting in theatrical productions and slowly got inspired to pursue acting. Following his high school, he attended the ‘National Youth Theatre’ to hone his acting skills.
He pursued one year course in acting at the ‘London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.’ Post the acting course, he struggled for almost two years to get acting projects. During his struggle days, he thought about quitting acting and joining his father’s company. Just around this time, he auditioned for the film ‘War Horse.’
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Before he found his first acting job, he worked at a local supermarket and also as a web designer. He got a few offers to work in commercial advertisements, but he declined. He also taught at a local acting school.
His made his acting debut in 2009, playing a supporting role as Luke in the television series ‘Life Bites.’ He appeared in 12 episodes of the series, which was a critical and commercial success.
He also performed in theatre with the ‘Royal Shakespeare Company’ and played key parts in several plays, including ‘Dunsinane.’ By now, the period of struggle had taken its toll and he had almost decided to quit acting, when he auditioned for the film ‘War Horse,’ to be directed by Steven Spielberg.
It was a life changing event for Irvine as he ended up getting the lead role in the film. He had to a audition several times for the role of Albert in ‘War Horse’, during which Jeremy was asked to gain weight. Spielberg wanted a new face for the film and Jeremy fit the bill perfectly.
The film became a huge critical and commercial success, and Jeremy received universal acclaim for his portrayal..
Jeremy followed in 2012 with the lead role in the romantic drama film titled ‘Now is Good’. The film was an average critical and commercial success.
In the same year however, Jeremy had yet another huge career breakthrough when he appeared playing the lead role as Pip, in the film titled ‘Great Expectations’ based on a classic novel of the same name. The film received a huge critical acclaim but was a failure when it comes to the box office collections.
In the next year, he appeared playing one of the main roles as Eric Lomax in the war drama film titled ‘The Railway Man’. The film was a decent critical and commercial success.
In 2014, he appeared playing the lead roles in two films- ‘A Night in Old Mexico’ and ‘Beyond the Reach’. Both the film performed averagely on the critical and commercial scales.
He continued with the spree of critically acclaimed performances in 2015, with films such as ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death’, ‘The World Made Straight’, ‘The Bad Education Movie’ and ‘Stonewall’. With back to back critically acclaimed performances, Jeremy had already established himself as a highly bankable leading man in both Hollywood and English film industries.
He turned to doing a supporting role as Billy in the 2016 romantic drama film titled ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’ and followed in the same year with a lead role in the direct to video film titled ‘Fallen’.
In 2018, Jeremy appeared playing one of the lead roles in the biographical crime drama film titled ‘Billionaire Boys Club’, playing Kyle Biltmore. In the more recent years, he was seen playing supporting roles in films such as ‘Paradise Hills’ and ‘The Professor and the Madman’.
He has also acted in the war drama film ‘The Last Full Measure,’ which is in post-production. He will appear in the series ‘Treadstone.’
Family & Personal Life
Jeremy Irvine was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, but he has not let this health condition come in to way of going absolute extremes for his roles.
He is a method actor and has gone through severe body transformations for his roles, particularly for the film ‘The Railway Man’. In the film, he performed his torture scenes all by himself, apart from losing 13 kilos for his role.
Jeremy leads a private life and lives in a suburb of London with his family and enjoys outings with his friends.
Jeremy has been in relationships with many actresses. In 2009, he began dating Amy Wren, but the couple separated in 2011. After Amy, Jeremy has dated Jodie Spencer and Ellie Goulding.