Jared Francis Harris
24 August 1961
Jared Francis Harris (born 24 August 1961) is a British actor. His roles include Lane Pryce in the AMC drama series Mad Men (2009–2012), for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; King George VI in the Netflix historical drama series The Crown (2016–2017); and Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (2019), for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Harris also had roles as David Robert Jones in the Fox science fiction series Fringe (2008–2012), Anderson Dawes on the science fiction series The Expanse (2015–2017) and Captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror (2018). He is also known for his significant supporting roles in films such as Mr. Deeds (2002), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Lincoln (2012), and Allied (2016). In 2021, he took the role of Hari Seldon, a leading character in the Apple TV+ science fiction series Foundation.
Harris was born on 24 August 1961 in Hammersmith, London, the second of three sons of Irish actor Richard Harris and his first wife, Welsh actress Elizabeth Rees-Williams. His younger brother is actor Jamie Harris, his older brother is director Damian Harris and his maternal grandfather was politician David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore.
Harris was educated at Ladycross School, a former preparatory boarding independent school in the coastal town of Seaford in East Sussex, as were his brothers Jamie and Damian. He says, "They were famous for discipline, with cold showers every morning", and that "You were never known by your first name there. You were either called by your number, or your last name. Since there were three of us, Damian was 'Harris Ma' for major. I was 'Harris Mi' for minor, and Jamie was 'Harris Minimus,' being the youngest and the smallest". He then attended Downside School, a Catholic boarding independent school in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse (near the market town of Shepton Mallet) in Somerset, in South West England. He went on to Duke University in the U.S., graduating in 1984 with an BFA in drama, then returned to England to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1989.
Harris began his film career directing Darkmoor (1983), an unfinished feature-length film for Duke University's Freewater Films. His first film appearance as an actor was in The Rachel Papers (1989). He took minor roles in films such as the western romance Far and Away (1992), the historical epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the crime drama Natural Born Killers (1994). He took the role of Benmont Tench in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995). He portrayed the role of the aged Will Robinson in the 1998 movie adaptation of the television series Lost in Space. That same year he portrayed Vladimir in the controversial black comedy drama film Happiness (1998), written and directed by Todd Solondz. He portrayed Kenneth Branagh's character's doppelgänger in How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000).
Other notable roles include He also portrayed Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol and John Lennon in the television movie Two of Us (2000) and King Henry VIII in the 2003 BBC film adaptation of the novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Harris portrayed Dr. Charles Ashford in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004). He portrayed the gruff Captain Anderson in the BBC2 adaptation of To the Ends of the Earth; Mac McGrath in the movie Mr. Deeds; Eamon Quinn on the FX series The Riches; and David Robert Jones on Fringe. One of his more recent film roles was Ulysses S. Grant in the Steven Spielberg's acclaimed historical drama film Lincoln (2012).
He gained notoriety for his portrayal of Lane Pryce in the AMC period drama series Mad Men from 2009 until 2012. The show focuses on the lives of Ad Men in New York City during the 1960s. He first appeared in season three where he arrives as a British newcomer to Sterling Cooper, and later becomes a partner of the new agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Paul MacInnes of The Guardian wrote of Lane Pryce, "For much of his three season tenure on the show, Lane has seemed like the archetypal Englishman...He was polite, courteous, dry-witted, stingy. He was also apparently logical and keenly stoic, keeping calm and carrying on when Sterling Cooper broke up and its successor nearly went under." Pryce received critical acclaim for his final appearance in the episode "Commissions and Fees" as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series losing to Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad in 2012. He returned to the series to direct the 11th episode of season 7, which aired in 2015.
His portrayal of King George VI in the first season of The Crown received praise from critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who stated that despite the series' large ensemble, "Harris still manages to communicate the character’s understated sensitivity and awareness of his circumscribed role in England’s drama so poignantly that one can’t help being moved by the performance". He received nominations for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
He portrayed Captain Francis Crozier in the 2018 series The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons novel of the same name that provided a fictional account of the fate of Franklin's lost expedition. In November 2018, Harris was one of the first recipients of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Louie Kamookak Medal, awarded "for making Canada's geography better known to Canadians and to the world", for his portrayal of Captain Crozier. Harris said that he was "gratified" that the series inspired curiosity about the real expedition, remarking, "It’s sort of fitting that history will recall that it was the RCGS that first recognized The Terror, and that we as the recipients walked in the footsteps of Louie Kamookak."
In 2019, Harris portrayed Valery Legasov in the acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl, which revolves around the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and the cleanup efforts that followed. For that role he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. The series was produced by HBO in the United States and Sky UK in the United Kingdom.
In March 2019, Harris joined Jared Leto in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Morbius. He plays the developer of psychohistory Hari Seldon in the Foundation television series produced for Apple TV+ which premiered in September 2021. In March 2021, Harris was announced to have joined the cast of the biographical drama film Rothko, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Harris married Jacqueline Goldenberg in 1989 and they divorced three years later. On 16 July 2005, Harris married actress Emilia Fox, the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, and filed for divorce in January 2009; the divorce was finalised in June 2010.
In April 2009, Harris met Allegra Riggio, a lighting designer and television host, at a comedy club where a mutual friend was performing. They married on 9 November 2013. Harris resides in Los Angeles.
|†||Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1989||The Rachel Papers||Geoff|
|1992||Far and Away||Paddy|
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||British Lieutenant|
|1992||The Public Eye||Danny the Doorman|
|1994||Natural Born Killers||London Boy|
|1995||Dead Man||Benmont Tench|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Jimmy Rose|
|1995||Tall Tale||Head Thug Pug|
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Andy Warhol|
|1996||Gold in the Streets||Owen|
|1997||White Lies||Jacob Reese|
|1998||B. Monkey||Alan Furnace|
|1998||Lost in Space||Older Will Robinson|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Alvin Shine||Uncredited|
|1999||Lush||W. Firmin Carter|
|1999||The Weekend||John Kerr|
|2000||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||False Peter|
|2000||Shadow Magic||Raymond Wallace|
|2002||Mr. Deeds||Mac McGrath|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Russel|
|2003||I Love Your Work||Yehud|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Basher's Engineer|
|2004||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Dr. Charles Ashford|
|2005||The Notorious Bettie Page||John Willie|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Goatee Smoker|
|2006||Cracked Eggs||Joe||Short film|
|2008||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Captain Mike|
|2008||From Within||Bernard Wilburn|
|2009||Tales of the Black Freighter||Ridley||Voice|
|2010||Extraordinary Measures||Dr. Kent Webber|
|2010||The Ward||Dr. Gerald Stringer|
|2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Professor James Moriarty|
|2012||Lincoln||Ulysses S. Grant|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Hodge Starkweather|
|2013||The Devil's Violinist||Urbani|
|2014||The Quiet Ones||Professor Joseph Coupland|
|2014||The Boxtrolls||Lord Charles Portley-Rind||Voice|
|2015||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Adrian Sanders|
|2016||Certain Women||William Fuller|
|2016||The Last Face||Dr. John Farber|
|2019||Robert the Bruce||John Comyn|
|2020||Angela's Christmas Wish||The Vet||Voice|
|2022||The Sea Beast||Captain Crow||Voice|
|TBA||Sherlock Holmes 3 †||Professor James Moriarty||Pre-production|
|1995||New York Undercover||Seth Baines||Episode: "The Highest Bidder"|
|2000||Two of Us||John Lennon||Television movie|
|2003||Without a Trace||Father Walker||2 episodes|
|2003||The Other Boleyn Girl||King Henry VIII||Television movie|
|2005||To the Ends of the Earth||Captain Anderson||3 episodes|
|2006||Coup!||Simon Mann||Television movie|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Robert Morten||Episode: "Svengali"|
|2007||The Shadow in the North||Axel Bellmann||Television movie|
|2008||The Riches||Eamon Quinn||5 episodes|
|2008–2012||Fringe||Dr. David Robert Jones||9 episodes|
|2009–2012||Mad Men||Lane Pryce||26 episodes |
Directed episode "Time & Life"
|2013||Axe Cop||King of England||Voice|
Episode: "An American Story"
|2015–2017||The Expanse||Anderson Dawes||7 episodes|
|2016–2021||Robot Chicken||James Bond Villain / Mr. Weatherbee||Voice|
|2016||The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show||Bigfoot||Voice|
|2016–2017||The Crown||King George VI||Main role (Season 1)|
Supporting role (Season 2)
|2018||The Terror||Francis Crozier||10 episodes|
|2019||Chernobyl||Valery Legasov||5 episodes|
|2019||Carnival Row||Absalom Breakspear||8 episodes|
|2020||New Looney Tunes||Asteroid||Voice|
|2021||The Beast Must Die||George Rattery||Miniseries|
|TBA||Brave the Dark †||Stan Deen||Post production|
|1991||Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2||Henry "Hotspur" Percy||The Public Theater|
|1992||'Tis Pity She's a Whore||Soranzo||The Public Theater|
|1995||Ecstasy||Len||John Houseman Theater|
|1996||King Lear||Edmund||The Public Theater|
|2001||More Lies About Jerzy||Jerzy Kosiński||Vineyard Theatre|
|Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey|
|2003||Humble Boy||Felix Humble||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2005||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Vicomte de Valmont||Playhouse Theatre, London|
|2006||Period of Adjustment||Ralph Bates||Almeida Theatre|
|1998||Sitges Film Festival||Best Actor||Trance||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Nominated|
|2009||Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series||Mad Men||Won|
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2016||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series||The Crown||Nominated|
|2016||Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Nominated|
|2017||British Academy Television Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2018||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||The Terror||Nominated|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Chernobyl||Nominated|
|2019||Golden Globe Award||Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Nominated|
|2019||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries||Nominated|
|2019||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie||Nominated|
|2019||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|2020||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actor||Won|
On 18 October 2019 Harris received the Cinema Vanguard award at the San Diego International Film Festival. Previous winners include Topher Grace, Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody.
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