Jonathan Pryce - Biography

From Holywell to Hollywood

Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly moving between Hollywood studio films and the classical West End to bold independent cinema and the broadway musical. He has created some of the most memorable characters in cinema and for over forty years been on the wish list of many of the worlds most notorious and accomplished directors as 'Someone they must work with'. Jonathan, after graduating from the world famous RADA in London, began his career in the 1970's at the hugely influential Liverpool Everyman Theatre which grounded his politics and talent and helped attract a legacy of brave individual artists that have since been through their doors. From his definitive performance as Hamlet, he made his breakthrough screen performance in Terry Gilliam's cult film Brazil, which is still a source of inspiration for many a film maker and writer today. The phrase an 'Actors Actor' is often overused but with Jonathan Pryce I can think of no better fitting tribute because what that means to the industry is - here is a talent people want to watch and people want to work with. His choices are bold but always truthful and characters multi-layered and always exciting, it is hard to believe that he is just one man.

Notable screen performances include: Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow Never Dies, Very Annie Mary, Glengarry Glenross, Listen Up Phillip and Regeneration.

Notable stage performances include; Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, The Goat, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Comedians and King Lear.

Notable TV performances include: Game of Thrones, Taboo, Wolf Hall, My Zinc Bed.
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