Jeremy Irons at the Venetian Chic Book Launch in London

Jeremy Irons was on hand at Maison Assouline in Piccadilly, London, on Thursday 23 February 2017, for the London launch of the book Venetian Chic, by Francesca Bortolotto Possati.

Jeremy wrote the foreword to the book.

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Jeremy Irons on Che Tempo Che Fa

Jeremy Irons was a guest on the Italian TV chat show Che Tempo Che Fa on Rai3 on Sunday 19 February 2017.

Jeremy was interviewed by Fabio Fazio and briefly discussed his work, Kilcoe Castle, motorcycling and a variety of other things.  When presented with a guitar, Jeremy sang “Miss Otis Regrets”.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Charles Finch & Chanel pre-BAFTA Party

Jeremy Irons attended a pre BAFTA party hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel at Annabel’s on February 11, 2017 in London.  He was photographed with Mélita Toscan du Plantier, director of the Marrakech Film Festival.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Invest in Futures Fundraiser

Jeremy Irons attended the Invest in Futures fundraising event for The Prince’s Trust at London’s Savoy hotel on 9 February 2017.

Invest In Futures is the main fundraiser for the Prince’s Trust and aims to generate vital monies to go towards getting thousands of young people into jobs, education or training.

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Jeremy Irons Attends CHICKENSHED Fundraiser

Jeremy Irons attended the Chickenshed Rocks the Hard Rock Cafe Fundraiser in aid of the children’s theatre company at the Hard Rock Cafe, 150 Park Lane, London on the 1st February 2017.

Jeremy Irons – The National Student Interview

SOURCE:  Jeremy Irons: “the arts are pivotal to our future”

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Sally Hall  – 26th January 2017

After a long and distinguished career in film and theatre, Jeremy Irons is a man with a deep understanding of the performing arts and how art can inspire and drive change in the world. A keen activist, Jeremy has long-used his fame to support charities and help further causes close to his heart.

He now turns his attention to education, having accepted the position as Chancellor of liberal arts institution Bath Spa University.

Jeremy will be championing the role of the arts in wider society, the benefits of an arts education in producing well-rounded, engaged citizens, and how the UK can maintain its reputation as a centre for educational excellence post-Brexit.

A man with an international career, Jeremy holds a fervent belief that all people should aspire to have a global outlook on life – understanding and appreciating what others have to offer and what you can offer back. In a post-Brexit Britain, Jeremy feels this is particularly relevant.

The National Student caught up with man himself, to talk Brexit, arts, and the importance of retaining an international mindset.

“Brexit has highlighted some real divisions in our society and the aftermath has magnified these tenfold,” he says.

He believes that instead of “pointing fingers of blame” it is essential that we “instead be questioning the reasons why so many people felt compelled to use their vote in protest at the current system in place in the UK.”

He says: “Part of the problem is the disconnection that the public feel towards a government that is increasingly centralised and therefore unrepresentative of local interests.

“It is an incredible shame that it has got to the point that this type of structure, rather than a local one, with a global outlook, has alienated so many and in all reality it is the young people – the students’ of Bath Spa University for example – that will bear the consequences of this summer’s vote.

“In order to learn valuable positive lessons from Brexit and to make the changes necessary in the coming years, it is therefore imperative that we are training our future leaders to be empathetic, intelligent and instill a sense of being part of the human race and not just British, or English or Welsh.

“With an international mentality, our young people can look outwards and create new ways of collaborating across Europe, and the world, and hopefully fix some of the political problems of today.”

Collaboration in all things is a stance that Jeremy feels passionately about, and he agrees that it is incredibly important to turn out graduates that are well-rounded if we are to progress as a society.

“Much emphasis is put on the STEM subjects, not only in terms of education at all levels but also in terms for the economy. There seems to be a feeling that technology is going to save us all – and indeed, science and technology bring a lot to us all.

“But this can often be at the cost of the arts – a sector that has been pivotal to innovation for decades – and is often overlooked in terms of its contribution to the world.

“The number of jobs that exist and are continuously created in the arts is astounding and the contribution to the economy is growing year-on-year.

“Given this, it makes sense to bring the liberal arts and technology and sciences together – who knows what is possible if we break down the barriers between the two, which are quite artificial. There is no natural reason for the two to be mutually exclusive.”

Jeremy Irons is the new Chancellor of Bath Spa University.

Jeremy Irons Caricature By Rick Tulka

Caricature of Jeremy Irons by Rick Tulka and Rick’s story of meeting Jeremy and having him autograph the drawing: SOURCE

“Jeremy Irons was one of my favorite meetings for my Autographs project from the 1980s early 1990s (I did drawings of the famous and searched them out to autograph the original). I love Jeremy’s voice, he could read the phone book and I’d listen! In 1985 he was appearing, on Broadway, in the revival of his Tony Award winning performance in “The Real Thing.” So, I knew where he was. Theaters were an easy place to contact actors. All you had to do was meet the guy at the stage door. They run the place. And that is what I did. I went over to the theater and met the stage door guy, told him about my project and showed him Jeremy’s drawing and the drawings I had already gotten autographed. He told me that it would be no problem and we set up a meeting before the Wednesday matinee the following day. The next day I met the afternoon stage door guy, who knew about my project. I showed him the drawing of Jeremy and the others I did. It was also good to get these people involved too. Luckily, he was watching the soap opera, “All My Children,” on a little black and white TV. That was my soap too and I had recently gotten a drawing autographed by the entire cast of “All My Children,” which he really enjoyed seeing. Jeremy wasn’t there and I waited. As we were discussing the latest escapades of Erica Kane, Jeremy arrived. I introduced myself. I was expected. “Oh yes, do come up,” Jeremy told me. We went up to his dressing room. He remarked, “I like your pictures very much. They make me laugh!” I had left some samples the day before, but not the one of him. He was extremely nice and made me feel relaxed. I was usually exploding on the inside when I met the famous. I tried to act cool and collected. I took out his drawing and he laughed. He made a deal with me. He’d sign the drawing, but he wanted a copy. No problem. I told him I’d be back the next evening. While exiting, in my excitement, I trip over my own feet and fell out of his dressing room. Classy. The next evening I returned with his copy and he exclaimed, “Wonderful! Marvelous!” He happily autographed my drawing. He put the copy on a little shelf. He looked at it again and said, “It still makes me laugh.” I leaned back and looked back and forth between my drawing and my victim, amazed that I was actually doing that, and concluded, “Yes, it does look like you!””

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