Jeremy Irons nominated for a 2009 Satellite Award

Actor In A Miniseries Or A Motion Picture Made For Television:

Jeremy Irons – Georgia O’Keeffe – Lifetime Network

His fellow nominees in the same category are:

Kenneth Branagh – Wallander – PBS / BBC
Brendan Gleeson – Into the Storm – HBO
Kevin Bacon – Taking Chance – MPCA / Civil Dawn Pictures / HBO Films
William Hurt – Endgame – PBS
Ian McKellen – The Prisoner – AMC

14th Annual SATELLITE™ Awards

The International Press Academy’s SATELLITE™ Awards
will acknowledge this year’s outstanding artists, films, television shows, DVDs, and interactive media.

The 2009 14th Annual Satellite Awards presentation
will take place on

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 14th Satellite Awards
Grand Salon/InterContinental Hotel
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

5 p.m. – Arrivals
6 p.m. – Awards Presentation
8 p.m. – Dinner
Formal Attire

Max Irons in Artist Descending a Staircase – his London debut!

Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Artist Descending A Staircase : Tom Stoppard
at Old Red Lion Theatre, England – London

Henry Filloux-Bennett & Stephen Makin, The Cherub Company, Loaded Hog Productions and Nick Rogers present

Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending A Staircase 1972. Martello, Beauchamp and Donner – three contemporary artists who have lived and worked together for 60 years. But this afternoon Donner has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Was it professional jealously that led to his demise, or a love triangle that spanned six decades? Six actors play the three artists as the search for artistic truth and criminal motive carries us from 1972 to 1914 and back again. Tom Stoppard is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed playwrights working today. His other plays include Rock ‘n’ Roll, Arcadia, The Real Inspector Hound, The Real Thing and Rozencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead. Cast includes: Jeremy Child (Seperate Lies, Wimbledon, Balmoral), Olivia Darnley (Hayfever – West End, Midsummer Nights Dream – Regent’s Park), Ryan Gage (Hamlet – BBC and RSC, Loves Labour Lost and Midsummer Nights Dream – both RSC), Max Irons (Wallenstein – Chichester, making his London debut), Edward Petherbridge (who created the role of Guildenstern in Stoppard’s Rozencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead), Alex Robertson (Orestes – Shared Experience), David Weston (King Lear – RSC world tour). Directed by Michael Gieleta
Designed by Nicky Bunch




Jeremy Irons contributes to HEAL charity auction

Jeremy Irons has donated a signed photograph to the auction organised by HEAL.

An original piece of signed artwork drawn by Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins will be put up for auction as part of a fund-raising drive to put disadvantaged children in Andhra Pradesh into education.

The Welsh film, stage and television veteran is one of several stars to donate signed items in support of Cycle India 2010, organised by the British charity organization HEAL (Health and Education for All).

Best known for his portrayal of cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, Hopkins has sent a unique pencil drawing from his California home.

Also a keen artist, who frequently doodles on film scripts when learning his lines, Hopkins, 71, has held exhibitions of his pictures exhibited in the United States, some selling for as much as 1,300 dollars.

The 200-mile cycle ride across south in early 2010 will be joined by Welsh sports journalist Jeremy King, 49, who is holding the auction of entertainment and sporting memorabilia.

“I have had kind donations of signed photographs from a number of screen giants, including Jeremy Irons, Ray Winstone and Dame Judi Dench, but the artwork sent by Anthony Hopkins will be a great boost to the auction,” said Jeremy King.




Jeremy Irons conducted APS Masterclass on 11 November 2009

Jeremy Irons conducted an actors’ Masterclass at the Advanced Performers Studio at LAMDA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

APS – ADVANCED PERFORMERS STUDIO (part of Associated Studios)

Weekly workshops and masterclasses for professional actors and singers, a studio that allows you to continue developing your craft on weekends and evenings.

Working or resting, APS gives you the chance to take a tailor made selection of workshops and masterclasses with the highest talent the performing industry has to offer.

APS Offers:

– Weekly workshops consolidated into 5-week courses for performance professionals. You may join the courses at any time.

-APS is a STUDIO. We want you to work and often directly improve your chances of employment. If you get professional performance work while on a course, you will get credit for the weeks you miss, if it is more than two consecutive weeks.

– Regular masterclasses with top industry talent including Michael Grandage (Donmar), Lindsay Posner (View from the Bridge, Carousel), Maria Aitken (the 39 Steps), Melly Still (Nation by Terry Pratchett at the National, Jonathan Kent (National Theatre), David Grindrod (casting director), James from Pippa Ailion’s office (Casting) and many more.

– A chance to keep your skills fresh

– Build your repertoire of songs with a different west-end MD every Sunday in our SINGERS’ PERFORMANCE CLASSES, including Nigel Lilley (Spring Awakening, La Cage), Joel Fram (Wicked), Dan Bowling (Phantom, Love Never Dies) and many more

-Work on Monologues, work on new writing at the Royal Court, work on Shakespeare, work on method, work on text,work on scene studies.

– Make new industry contacts

– Be seen by London’s top Artistic Directors


Membership is by audition and all classes are capped at 12. We have flexibility to join mid course subject to availability


Jeremy Irons recited the poem ‘Afterwards’ at service for John Mortimer

Actors, politicians and royalty pay respects to Sir John Mortimer

Celebration of Rumpole creator’s life at Southwark Cathedral one year after lawyer and playwright’s death

Memorial Service for Sir John Mortimer

Detail from the order of service at the memorial service for Sir John Mortimer at Southwark Cathedral.
For a man who did not believe in God, only a cathedral was big enough to accommodate Sir John Mortimer’s many friends and admirers for a memorial service today.

Actually, the event at Southwark Cathedral in London was billed as a celebration of the life of the lawyer, author, playwright, entertainer and wit, who died last January at the age of 85, and that turned out to be more appropriate than a service. The thing about the Church of England is that you don’t have to be religious to get your day in church.

It made for a good house as the performer in him would undoubtedly have acknowledged and, if God was not entirely absent from the proceedings, the biblical readings, prayers, psalms and hymns were outnumbered by readings from the canon of Mortimer himself, declaimed in the most actorly of ways by the likes of Edward Fox, Derek Jacobi and Patricia Hodge. Topping up the bill were Joss Ackland, with a concessionary reading from Ecclesiastes and Jeremy Irons reciting the Thomas Hardy poem Afterwards.

Mortimer was well-known for his defences of artistic free speech as a barrister in court, admired as the playwright of semi-autobiographical works such as A Voyage Round My Father, even more famous as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey on television and then in novels and latterly celebrated as a raconteur in an indefatigable one-man show – albeit one in which he was invariably accompanied by glamorous women actors. He would have loved the show in the cathedral.

Among the audience – a more appropriate term than congregation – were Mortimer’s widow Penny and children, including daughters Emily and Rosie, both of whom are expecting babies around the anniversary of his death in the new year, the Duchess of Cornwall, and such figures as Tom Stoppard and Peter Hall, Melvyn Bragg, Anna Ford and Peter O’Toole. The former Tory leader Michael Howard came to pay his respects to the old socialist and fellow barrister and there was even a retired bishop, Lord Harries, formerly of the Oxford diocese, in the pews. Lord Kinnock, another old friend and holiday companion, gave the address and Lord Mandelson materialised beside the royal party.

As the service started, wintry sunlight flooded the cathedral, which soon echoed also with music evocative of Mortimer’s lifelong south Oxfordshire home, around the village of Turville Heath. As for the cathedral itself, even that was appropriate, Canon Andrew Nunn said, as it sits just south of the Thames, out of the grasp of the censorious authorities of the City of London and hence surrounded historically by theatres and pleasure grounds, the louche haunt of lawyers and writers out on a spree and the whores who serviced them, known as Winchester geese after the bishop whose writ once ran across the area.

“Please make sure your mobile telephones are turned off and please save any applause for the end of the service,” Nunn added as the performance began. As if to get his retaliation in first he added: “Jesus had more to say about lawyers than any other group in society. He could not stand them, though he may have had a bit more time for Sir John Mortimer.”

Kinnock told the audience that Mortimer had always been a devout unbeliever: “He was in his own words an atheist certainly, but an atheist for Jesus – he liked to say a character without contradictions is like an egg without salt.”

He praised him as a valorous champion for liberty, an opponent of bigotry and a “splendid fulminator”, a friend and admirer of women even though in his own words he had a face like a bag of spanners, and a doting father, including of the son, Ross, who he discovered in his 80s he had conceived 40 years earlier with the actor Wendy Craig.

“He was a day-star of his age,” said Kinnock. “He illuminated our lives, he lit up our times. Rejoice in him and be thankful. The defence rests but his soul goes strolling on.”

Afterwards, the cathedral rang with applause as the service ended, before the more favoured of them filed out to a marquee and to what Mortimer himself described as the unwavering attraction of cold champagne.

When the Present has latched its postern behind my tremulous stay,
And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings,
Delicate-filmed as new-spun silk, will the neighbours say,
‘He was a man who used to notice such things’?

If it be in the dusk when, like an eyelid’s soundless blink,
The dewfall-hawk comes crossing the shades to alight
Upon the wind-warped upland thorn, a gazer may think,
‘To him this must have been a familiar sight.’

If I pass during some nocturnal blackness, mothy and warm,
When the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn,
One may say, ‘He strove that such innocent creatures should come to no harm,
But he could do little for them; and now he is gone.’

If, when hearing that I have been stilled at last, they stand at the door,
Watching the full-starred heavens that winter sees
Will this thought rise on those who will meet my face no more,
‘He was one who had an eye for such mysteries’?

And will any say when my bell of quittance is heard in the gloom
And a crossing breeze cuts a pause in its outrollings,
Till they rise again, as they were a new bell’s boom,
‘He hears it not now, but used to notice such things’?

Thomas Hardy


Jeremy Irons to participate in Child Bereavement Charity event


child bereavement charity

A Christmas concert featuring performances and readings from actors Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave, TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh and Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! will be held in aid of bereaved families.

Welsh opera singer Natasha Marsh, Cantate Youth Choir and singer Eddi Reader will also be taking part in the event hosted by The Child Bereavement Charity at Holy Trinity Brompton in London on December 3.

Stage, screen and television actor Jeremy said: “Losing a child must cause the most unbearable pain. Pain that I have been lucky enough not to have had to face. “I am most happy to be able to help in a small way those that have.”

The event has been organised by Child Bereavement Charity patron Flappy Lane Fox, whose son Harry Sidebottom, died aged 24. She said: “The Child Bereavement Charity provides such an important service to bereaved families. “My son Harry had a fatal car accident just over 10 years ago, aged 24, and my step granddaughter Molly Lane Fox died of an inoperable brain tumour nearly 18 months ago, aged only five. “These two have remained my constant driving force, and have inspired me to help to ensure the continuance of this very special charity. “The money raised from this concert will ensure that children and families continue to have access to support when they need it most.”

The Child Bereavement Charity supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. Every year the charity trains around 5,000 professionals across health care, social care, education, the emergency services and the voluntary sector. It also provides a support and information service, resources, an interactive website with online forums and Buckinghamshire-based support groups.

The concert takes place at 6.45pm on December 3 at Holy Trinity Brompton, London SW7 1JA. Tickets are priced £50 and £75. To book call 01494 446648 or email: For more information about the charity visit


All photos and video from Armistice Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey

11 November 2009

Click on the thumbnails for larger images:


Jeremy Irons to read Last Post by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy at Westminster Abbey

Service marks lost WWI generation

Westminster Abbey is to hold a special Armistice Day service following the deaths this year of the three remaining World War I veterans living in the UK.

The Queen will lead the country in observing a two-minute silence at 1100 GMT for the “passing of a generation”.

Bill Stone died at 108 in January followed by both Henry Allingham, 113, and Harry Patch, 111, in July.

The monarch will lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and Mr Stone’s daughter will give a reading.

Gordon Brown will also attend along with former prime ministers John Major and Margaret Thatcher, although Tony Blair will be in the Middle East in his capacity as a special envoy.

Actor Jeremy Irons will read Last Post by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, during the service to recognise military and civilian contributions to the conflict.


The silence, to be observed around the UK at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, marks the moment four years of war ended with the signing of the Armistice Treaty by Germany and the Allies.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/11/11 01:06:04 GMT


Last Post by Carol Ann Duffy

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin

that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud …

but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood

run upwards from the slime into its wounds;

see lines and lines of British boys rewind

back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home –

mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers

not entering the story now

to die and die and die.

Dulce – No – Decorum – No – Pro patria mori.

You walk away.

You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)

like all your mates do too –

Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert –

and light a cigarette.

There’s coffee in the square,

warm French bread

and all those thousands dead

are shaking dried mud from their hair

and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,

a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released

from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.

You lean against a wall,

your several million lives still possible

and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.

You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.

If poetry could truly tell it backwards,

then it would.

Max Irons stars in Unrequited Love

Max Irons has made a new short film entitled Unrequited Love.

max irons unrequited love

Max Irons in Unrequited Love

A dark, twisted 2min tale on the perils of Unrequited Love as an advert for the environment. When forlorn and desperate Tom feels Jenn, his angel, his love, slipping away, he resorts to writing poetry to win her back. The problem is his poetry is no good and the pastoral environment isn’t inspiring him. With the first stanza an illusive headache and in a frustrated mess of beer cans, cigarette butts and fast food trash, Jenn texts to dump him…Unrequited Love; Tom and Jenn, the environement and us…

In post – production

Written, Directed and Produced by Jade Syed-Bokhari

Co-Producer and DOP Andy Whale

For writer/director Jade Syed-Bokhari of White Fire Films, Unrequited Love was shot at Black Park (near Pinewood Studios) under a beautiful old oak tree with Max Irons (Jeremy Irons son) on what turned out to be a perfect day. Things ran smoothly and the production got everything in the can in under ten hours.

Jeremy Irons to be a presenter at Awards

Cat Stars, Sister & Rat Pack Launch WOS Awards
Date: 3 November 2009

Just days after their London opening in the transatlantic transfer of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Broadway stars James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan will help launch one of the biggest events in the West End: the TENTH ANNUAL Awards, the “theatregoers’ choice”. This year’s glitzy launch party, at which all of the artists and shows in the 2010 awards running will be revealed, is held at Cafe de Paris, at lunchtime on Friday 4 December 2009.

The three Broadway stars, who have a collection of Tony Awards and other US accolades between them, will be our special guest co-presenters, reading the shortlists for the shortlists of nominations across the 20+ awards categories. The 2010 Awards cover the 2009 theatregoing year, running from 1 December 2008 to 30 November 2009. (As Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens on 1 December 2009, the three actors and their production will be considered as part of the 2011 Awards.)

The Americans will be joined by British stage and screen legend Jeremy Irons, presenting on behalf of this year’s adopted charity, Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass, which gives young people the chance to learn from and be inspired by leading artists (See News, 29 Sep 2009).

There will also be three live musical performances. Patina Miller, who won rave reviews earlier this year for stepping into Whoopi Goldberg’s shoes as Deloris von Cartier in blockbuster screen-to-stage hit Sister Act at the London Palladium, will prove why she’s “Fabulous, Baby” in the show. And the ever-smooth Frank, Sammy and Dean from Christmas with The Rat Pack at the Adelphi Theatre will get guests in the festive mood with some croon-worthy seasonal classics.

Last but not least, in honour of the tenth anniversary of the Awards, the stars of satirical musical comedy hit Jest End, which returns this month for a five-week season at Jermyn Street Theatre, will perform a special celebratory medley.

Top (l-r): Patina Miller in Sister Act; Jeremy Irons; Bottom (l-r): Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’s James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan with co-star Adrian Lester; Jest End; and Christmas with The Rat Pack.

Charity, voting & sponsors

The nominations phase of the 2010 Awards has now opened – click here to nominate your favourite shows and artists! After the launch party, the race is on to decide the eventual Award winners, with voting on the shortlists opening on Monday 7 December 2009 and continuing until the end of January. Results are announced and awards presented in front of a live audience of theatregoer voters at our Winners’ Concert on Sunday 14 February 2010 at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre.

Both Awards events are held in aid of this year’s adopted charity, Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass, which gives young people the chance to learn from and be inspired by leading artists (See News, 29 Sep 2009). Set up by the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1998, the hugely successful Masterclass programme has now welcomed over 40,000 people aged 17-30. Events are given free of charge and occur at least one Friday a month throughout the year, focusing on all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to writing and producing.

Though Masterclass events are designed for those at the start of their careers, theatregoers and others, of whatever age, are also welcome. The Masterclass Benefactors scheme (priced £55 per annum) has been set up for this purpose. It includes: access to over 12 events a year, an annual friends’ party and special ticket offers for Theatre Royal Haymarket productions. Details can be found at

For more information on the charity and our corporate sponsors in relation to the Awards, please visit our awards microsite later this week. For the first time this year, we’re also making a limited number of sponsorship packages available to individuals. For information on theatregoers’ packages, click here.