Jeremy has been nominated for a SAG Award!

Actor® Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010
on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET/PT, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT



Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN BACON / Lt. Col. Michael R. Strobl – “TAKING CHANCE” (HBO)
JEREMY IRONS / Alfred Stieglitz – “GEORGIA O’KEEFFE” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
JOAN ALLEN / Georgia O’Keeffe – “GEORGIA O’KEEFFE” (Lifetime)
RUBY DEE / Mrs. Harper – “AMERICA” (Lifetime)


Jeremy Irons nominated for Golden Globe award!

Golden Globe nominations announced – Georgia O’Keeffe receives 3 nominations!

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The 57th annual Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The category’s five nominees announced Tuesday morning included: Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance,” HBO; Kenneth Branagh, “Wallender,” PBS; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Endgame,” PBS; Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm,” HBO; Jeremy Irons, “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Lifetime.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood’s second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

Other Georgia O’Keeffe nominations:


The Globes are today? – Joan Allen reacts to being nominated for a Golden Globe Award – from the Chicago Sun Times:

For veteran Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Joan Allen, the Globe announcements came as a complete surprise. Nominated for best actress in a TV miniseries or made-for-TV movie for playing the title role in ‘‘Georgia O’Keefe’’ on Lifetime, Allen said, ‘‘I didn’t even know it was going on. I was totally oblivious, until I got an email from my publicist in L.A. saying, ‘Congratulations on your nomination!’

‘‘I had to ask, ‘Nomination for what?’ I wasn’t even sure which award ceremony it was for!’’

When Allen realized it was for the Golden Globes and for ‘‘Georgia O’Keefe,’’ she had several reactions.

‘‘First I was so very pleased Jeremy [Irons, her co-star] was also nominated and was so pleased for my producing partners on this project that we were recognized for something we all believed in so much.

‘‘Now, of course, I have to start worrying about what I’ll wear to the ceremony,’’ added Allen with a big laugh. ‘‘And finally, I must say this is a very nice early Christmas gift to get!’’

Brief Encounter With…Max Irons – from

Brief Encounter With … Max Irons
Date: 10 December 2009

Max Irons is currently making his London stage debut in Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase at the Old Red Lion in Islington.

Born to theatrical parents (Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack), 24-year-old Irons has already notched up film credits including Being Julia and Dorian Gray, and earlier this year he appeared on stage in Wallenstein at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Artist Descending a Staircase, which was written in 1972 as a radio play, was first performed on stage at the King’s Head Theatre in 1988. The current production at the Old Red Lion, under the direction of Michael Gieleta, is its first major revival since then.

What made you decide to become an actor?
I always find that people have these massively romantic reasons for wanting to become an actor. I, unfortunately, don’t. I always wanted to do it, in school while growing up, from being in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs playing a dwarf onto more serious things. Problem is, I have dyslexia, which is always a bit of a killer on stage. People would hand me a script and say “Read this and act!”, which was a mind-bending idea, and I would start sweating and shaking profusely. As I went on and did more serious things, I would have time to prepare. I did a Neil LaBute two hander, which I enjoyed massively, and I did other bits and pieces at school.

I considered going to drama school, but I wasn’t entirely sure, so I took a gap year and worked with a company in Nepal who taught kids living on the streets – they asked me to teach theatre, which I enjoyed immensely. After that I came home, and over a period of six months I prepared myself for drama school, did my auditions and got offered a place.

You come from an acting family. Was that an encouragement for you or a put off?
To be honest, it was a bit of a put off. It’s a difficult question because I can’t say with a clear conscience that my choice had nothing to do with them. What I mean by that is not that I saw them out there working, making money, having an enjoyable profession, but that I was exposed to theatre and film at an early age. When I saw told my parents that I wanted to be an actor, their first response was “Don’t”. They said “Just because we had a successful career doesn’t mean that the same will apply to you”. I now know, after being in the business for two years and facing rejection, just what they were talking about.

Many actors are going straight to television and film these days, and some are accused of fame-seeking. What’s your take on that?
The business is different to how it used to be. My Dad said “do rep”, and I had to explain to him that it’s hard to come by these days. Celebrity culture, seeking fame and fortune and all that, is definitely out there. To be honest, to be an actor for life requires for steely stuff. You have to have a lot of conviction. If you’re only looking for fame and fortune, you won’t survive.

You’ve done some modelling.

How did that come about?
Burberry was the first to approach me. I got a phone call on a Saturday morning from a man saying “we want to photograph you with Kate Moss, and we’ll pay you a bit”. And I thought, ‘well it’s a good experience to cross off your to do list’. And more recently, I worked with Mango, which is another great company. So I put a little bit of money in the bank for when times are bad, and God knows times are bad now.

Are you keen now to mark your territory as a serious actor?
Well, ideally I still need to learn a lot. And the best place to do that is in theatre where you can do it night after night after night. To be honest, I enjoy theatre more than film, but then again, if an interesting part were to come along, I don’t think I would hesitate too much. Beggars can’t be choosers!

What attracted you to Artist Descending a Staircase?
I quite like intimate spaces, and the project seemed really interesting, so with that combination I couldn’t help myself. I worked in Chichester for a while, which I adored. It was in the round, but not nearly as intimate as the Red Lion.

Can you provide an overview of the play?
It’s about three artists who share a studio together and much of their lives together, and still in their 70s are exploring what modern interpretive art can offer. In the middle, there a three scenes when you see the same artists when they were in their 20s, which is where I come in. Mainly I would say it’s about the way these three personalities view the world artistically, but then there’s also a whodunnit element, as two characters pass away during the course of the play. I don’t want to give too much away.

Which character do you play?
I play Beecham, who is the mousiest of the three artists. I think he’s the best at keeping his mouth shut and his eyes open, and seeing the world truly for what it is – which is in stark contrast to many other artists.

What particular challenges are posed by the fact it was originally a radio play?
Well, in terms of staging, there’s a lot of trial and error. Tom’s an incredibly skilled writer, so there aren’t any holes to be plugged, so it’s basically a case of improvising and trying different ways of playing it. Our director Michael (Gieleta) has left a huge amount to us, which is really nice, but what’s also nice is that he’s got a very clear vision of how it should be done. He’s very good at sketching the picture in our heads, and then letting us fill in the gaps.

Why do you think it hasn’t been revived for so long?
I think primarily because it’s a radio play. Plus, a lot of the subject matter is quite hard to handle. I struggled with it at first, because it has a lot of references to various artistic schools of thought. If you don’t know what they’re talking about, it can be very tricky.

What have you got lined up next?
Well, ideally I’d like to do some Chekhov, who is probably my favourite writer. I also hear that David Hare might be doing a production of Ghosts, which is very exciting and another great play. There are various possibilities, but primarily I just want to keep working.

– Max Irons was speaking to Theo Bosanquet

Artist Descending a Staircase, which also stars Jeremy Child, Olivia Darnley, Ryan Gage, Edward Petherbridge, Alex Robertson and David Weston, continues at the Old Red Lion until 31 December 2010.

Programme from Josephine Hart Poetry – Robert Browning event

(Thank you to Duncan Lockhart for the following information.)

Here is the list of what was read at the Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library:

Words That Burn – How to read poetry and why.
Poems of eight great poets by Josephine Hart

Charles Dance, Rupert Evans and Jeremy Irons read Robert Browning

Porphyria’s Lover
My Last Duchess
The Patriot
The Lost Reader
Home Thoughts From Abroad
How They Brought The Good
New From Ghents To Aix

Then 50 sec of audio of Robert Browning

Pippa Passes
You’ll Love Me Yet
Love Among The Ruins
A Light Woman***
A Toccata At Gallupi’s
Andrea Del Sarto


Jeremy Irons read “A Light Woman” at Browning poetry event:

A Light Woman


So far as our story approaches the end,
Which do you pity the most of us three?—
My friend, or the mistress of my friend
With her wanton eyes, or me?


My friend was already too good to lose,
And seemed in the way of improvement yet,
When she crossed his path with her hunting-noose
And over him drew her net.


When I saw him tangled in her toils,
A shame, said I, if she adds just him
To her nine-and-ninety other spoils,
The hundredth for a whim!


And before my friend be wholly hers,
How easy to prove to him, I said,
An eagle’s the game her pride prefers,
Though she snaps at a wren instead!


So, I gave her eyes my own eyes to take,
My hand sought hers as in earnest need,
And round she turned for my noble sake,
And gave me herself indeed.


The eagle am I, with my fame in the world,
The wren is he, with his maiden face.
—You look away and your lip is curled?
Patience, a moment’s space!


For see, my friend goes shaling and white;
He eyes me as the basilisk:
I have turned, it appears, his day to night,
Eclipsing his sun’s disk.


And I did it, he thinks, as a very thief:
“Though I love her—that, he comprehends—
“One should master one’s passions, (love, in chief)
“And be loyal to one’s friends!”


And she,—she lies in my hand as tame
As a pear late basking over a wall;
Just a touch to try and off it came;
‘Tis mine,—can I let it fall?


With no mind to eat it, that’s the worst!
Were it thrown in the road, would the case assist?
‘Twas quenching a dozen blue-flies’ thirst
When I gave its stalk a twist.


And I,—what I seem to my friend, you see:
What I soon shall seem to his love, you guess:
What I seem to myself, do you ask of me?
No hero, I confess.


‘Tis an awkward thing to play with souls,
And matter enough to save one’s own:
Yet think of my friend, and the burning coals
He played with for bits of stone!


One likes to show the truth for the truth;
That the woman was light is very true:
But suppose she says,—Never mind that youth!
What wrong have I done to you?


Well, any how, here the story stays,
So far at least as I understand;
And, Robert Browning, you writer of plays,
Here’s a subject made to your hand!

Robert Browning


Jeremy Irons participates in Breast Cancer Care Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

Carols banner 2009

The Breast Cancer Care Carol Service
at St Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday 9 December 2009

sponsored by Swarovski

The carol concert is the highlight of Breast Cancer Care’s Christmas celebrations, and for one year only this December, we are delighted to be taking this magical event to St Paul’s Cathedral, the UK’s most prestigious and well known Cathedral.

Christmas at St Paul’s Cathedral

Holding upwards of 2,000 people, this could be the single biggest event Breast Cancer Care has ever held. So show your support for people affected by breast cancer this Christmas by joining us at this sensational venue for one of London’s best charity concerts.

Celebrity Christmas readings and song

We are thrilled to announce that the following world class British actors will be joining us to deliver specially selected readings:

  • Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons
  • Golden Globe winner John Hurt CBE
  • Stage and screen veteran Timothy West CBE
  • Multi-talented star Saffron Burrows
  • Multi-award winning actress and Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo

The service will also include a professional choir filling St Paul’s with breathtaking carols and Swarovski’s world famous sparkle aplenty – this night is not to be missed!

We’re also pleased to announce that the wonderful Faryl Smith will be performing at the event.

For guests wishing to continue the Christmas merriment, we extend the invitation to attend an intimate Champagne Supper after the Carols, for 250 guests in The Crypt below the Cathedral floor.


This is the poem read by Jeremy Irons at the Carol Service:

Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

· From The Poems of Rowan Williams, published by Perpetua Press


Jeremy Irons offers advice for First Night jitters

JEREMY IRONS (was asked to give advice in reference to Keira Knightley and her West End opening of The Misanthrope):

Jeremy Irons has had a long career on stage and screen. His theatrical work includes the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Broadway.

His film and TV work includes Brideshead Revisited, The Mission, Reversal of Fortune and The Lion King.

What she’s got to be able to do is to emit what she’s feeling – which she’s used to doing to a camera which is about two feet away from her – to an audience of however many thousand so that they know what she’s feeling and thinking in the same way that the camera does.

She’s also got to make sure that her voice is supported – you have to be heard by more people. But she’s a good actress and so that’s the important thing – you can learn all the other things if you have a clear and honest way of playing.

But it’ll be a learning curve for her, and I can’t wait to see it. I think it’s very brave of her. When you’re out of your metier you get a bit nervous – that’s understandable – but if she’s any good, I’m sure within a week she’ll find her feet.

I think it’s a very good thing – this cross-fertilisation. In theatre we need stars to get the audiences in, and people will go and see her – a very beautiful and talented lady.

Jeremy Irons participates in Child Bereavement Charity event

Actress Vanessa Redgrave mourns daughter Natasha Richardson at Child Bereavement Charity event

7:30am Tuesday 8th December 2009

ACTRESS Vanessa Redgrave spoke movingly of the loss of her daughter Natasha Richardson at a concert for The Child Bereavement Charity, supported by this year’s Bucks Free Press Christmas Appeal.

She appeared alongside recitals and performances from actor Jeremy Irons, broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and singer Eddi Reader at the fundraising show at Holy Trinity church in Brompton, West London.

Mrs Redgrave spoke of the loss of her daughter, the wife of actor Liam Neeson, who died following a March skiing accident in Quebec, France.

The 72-year-old read Death is Nothing at All by Canon Henry Scott-Holland, which contains the lines: “Why should I be out of mind / Because I am out of sight?”.

She told the candle-lit audience: “I was in two minds whether to read it.

“Sometimes I feel what Henry Scott-Holland is saying, it is so true, and sometimes I feel where is she?”

She praised the “wonderful” event and revealed Princes Charles had written her a “wonderful letter shortly after Tasha died”.

We are calling on readers to donate to the West Wycombe charity, which runs local groups for bereaved parents and children and provides nationwide training and support.

Attendees sang carols and heard from charity patron Flappy Lane Fox and founder patron and trustee Julia Samuel, who said: “Grief is such a small, tidy word that in no way conveys the complexity and messiness of loss.”

Jeremy Irons read Captain R.J Armes’s A Christmas Truce, about the brief ending of First World War hostilities in December 1914.

He told The Bucks Free Press: “There but for the grace of God go I.

“I haven’t lost a child and I could think of nothing worse. I was sitting there tonight thinking my boy is in Costa Rica and I hope he’s all right.

“I can think of nothing harder. It is a tremendous charity. I was very glad to be part of tonight.”

Alan Titchmarsh brought laughs with his recital of short story “Albert and the Liner” by Keith Waterhouse, who passed away this year.

He told the BFP: “I think it is something that one hopes won’t happen to them. Most of us know someone to who it has happened and how important that support is.”

Eddi Reader, former singer with Fairground Attraction, said the song she performed, Dragonflies, was about humans cope with mortality.

The singer, who travelled from Glasgow for the show, told us: “We have to live life today, like it is the end all the time.”

High Wycombe soprano Natasha Marsh performed Mike Sheppard’s Lullaby. She said: “I really wanted to be involved in this.”

The evening was opened by the Cantate Choir, which entered and left the church by candlelight and in song.

The programme featured artwork by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Prince William, the charity’s Royal Patron, wrote: “The loss of a parent can be devastating and utterly bewildering for a child – and the loss of a child equally overwhelming for a parent or sibling.

“This wonderful organisation reaches out a hand at such times, when people most need help in their lives.”

Jeremy Irons at WOS Awards

Stars Party at WOS Awards 10th Birthday
Date: 7 December 2009

Over 500 guests descended on Cafe de Paris in the heart of the West End on Friday (5 December 2009) for the star-studded launch of the tenth annual Awards, the “theatregoers’ choice” and as such the only major theatre awards voted for by the paying public (See News, 4 Dec 2009). This year’s event was held in aid of our adopted charity for the 2010 Awards campaign, Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass


Reviews and Photo – Max Irons in Artist Descending a Staircase

Artist Descending a Staircase

Old Red Lion, London


 Artist Descending A Staircase at the Old Red Lion, LondonTom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase at the Old Red Lion, London. Photograph: Donald Cooper

An elderly painter, Donner, lies dead at the bottom of a staircase while his two studio colleagues argue over the milk order and which one of them is the murderer. Nothing is quite what it seems in Tom Stoppard‘s jolly jape, a ridiculously enjoyable look at memory, love and the arbitrary patterns of life.

Even the deft structure of the play, with its 11 scenes moving initially backwards and then forwards in time, is a joke on Duchamps’s Nude Descending a Staircase. Providing you don’t take the curmudgeonly pronouncements on artistic endeavour to heart, there’s much to give pleasure in this 90-minute piece that is not so much a whodunit as a riff on “how do you see it?”.

The trio of artists in question are Donner, Martello and Beauchamp, three former artistic pranksters who in their youth throw in their lot with the surrealists, but whose real passion is for the beautiful Sophie. Although blind, she is rather more perceptive than the three of them put together. Even so, the unreliability of memory plays a part in the tragedy that unfolds and reverberates down the years. Michael Gieleta’s revival of the play, originally written for radio but transferred seamlessly to the stage, makes a virtue of the cramped space.

It seems odd not to cast a blind actor as Sophie, but that’s not to discredit Olivia Darnley’s performance. And Edward Petherbridge and Max Irons excel as the older and younger Donner, a man destined to see the truth too late.


Review from The Independent


Artist Descending a Staircase
Venue: Old Red Lion
Where: Inner London
Date Reviewed: 8 December 2009
WOS Rating: starstarstar
When Tom Stoppard wrote his 1972 BBC play Artist Descending a Staircase, it “had to be” for radio, he says. He subsequently backed down, adding stage directions for a 1988 production mounted at the King’s Head Theatre. And 20 years later, the play returns to Islington, this time for a month’s run at the Old Red Lion. The question is: does it actually work in the theatre?

A murder mystery turned commentary on modern art, it opens with the sound of artist Donner (Stoppard veteran Edward Petherbridge) falling down the stairs of his attic studio – as it turns out, to his death. The incident has been caught on tape by his friend Beauchamp (Jeremy Child), himself an audio-artist, who subsequently points the finger at a third friend, Martello (David Weston) who shares the studio with the other two. Did Donner fall or was he pushed – and if so, by whom and for what reason?

These are the questions that push the play forward, or rather back, as scene by scene, Stoppard rewinds the tape to 1914 when, as adolescents, the three friends find their glorified gap year – a walking trip through France – rudely interrupted by the start of WW1. Both they and the narrative are forced to turn round again but at the centre of their life and art remains beautiful blind girl Sophie (played by a spirited and sensitive Olivia Darnley). And in typically Stoppardian fashion, the play goes on to combine an intellectual discussion of the nature of art with bittersweet observations on love.

Alex Robertson, Ryan Gage and Max Irons are believably cast as the older men’s younger selves, with Irons and Petherbridge in particular projecting the same lyrical melancholy of Donner’s unrequited love, unshaken despite the passing of years. Nevermind his few lines – the younger actor makes even the removal of a scarf completely heartbreaking. But while the veterans have much opportunity for joshing – especially during anecdotes of the great and good of 20th-century art – they are at times a little loose in their banter, dulling some of the writer’s sharper witticisms. The scene jumps also make for some clunky lighting and sound cues, a problem a radio production surely would not face.

Artist Descending a Staircase is not Stoppard’s most sophisticated play, nor is this a perfect production. But just as it contains seeds of his later greatness, it also heralds some exciting new talent in Irons and Darnley. The baton has been passed – and movingly so.


Jeremy Irons at Hart Poetry Event

Hart’s Browning version

JOSEPHINE Hart last night hosted her famous Poetry Hour at the British Library celebrating Robert Browning.

Hart is pictured flanked by Rupert Evans (far left) and Jeremy Irons. Charles Dance read Browning’s poem about Italian artist Andrea Del Sarto.

Afterwards Sir Evelyn de Rothschild was introduced to Dance, and the financier was thrilled to relate how he owned an actual Del Sarto painting. Also present were Simon Gray’s widow Victoria, and Sandra Howard, whose novel A Matter of Loyalty is

coming out in paperback in the New Year. Will Michael take a step back into the shadows now that her writing is so successful? “He’s always said anyway that he’s going to stand down at the next election because he doesn’t believe in bed-blocking,” said Sandra modestly. From Tory leader to house husband.