Jeremy Northam
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Northam in 2010
Jeremy Philip Northam

(1961-12-01) 1 December 1961 (age 61)
Alma materBedford College, London (B.A., 1984)
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1987–present
SpouseLiz Moro (m. 2005; div. 2009?)
Parent(s)John Northam
Rachel Howard

Jeremy Philip Northam (born 1 December 1961) is an English actor and singer. After a number of television roles, he earned attention as Mr. Knightley in the 1996 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. He has appeared in the films An Ideal Husband, Gosford Park, Amistad, The Winslow Boy, Enigma, Cypher, Dean Spanley, and Martin and Lewis, amongst others. He also played Thomas More in the Showtime series The Tudors. From 2016 to 2017 he appeared as Anthony Eden in the Netflix series The Crown.

Early life and education

Northam was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, the youngest of four children. His mother, Rachel (née Howard), was a potter and professor of economics, and his father, John Northam, was a professor of literature and theatre, as well as being an Ibsen specialist and lecturer (first at Clare College, Cambridge and later at Bristol).[1] He has described his upbringing as not wealthy, but warm.[2]

Northam was educated at King's College School, Cambridge, Bristol Grammar School and Bedford College, London (B.A. English, 1984) now part of Royal Holloway, University of London,[3] and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Screen and stage

Northam performed at the Royal National Theatre – he replaced both Ian Charleson and Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of Hamlet (1989) when they had to withdraw and won the Olivier Award in 1990 for "most promising newcomer" for his performance in The Voysey Inheritance.

He has appeared frequently in British films such as Carrington (1995), Emma (1996), The Winslow Boy (1999), An Ideal Husband (1999), Enigma (2001) and as Welsh actor and singer Ivor Novello in Gosford Park (2001). He made his American film debut in The Net (1995).

In 2002 he starred in the film Cypher. That same year, he portrayed singer Dean Martin in the CBS film Martin and Lewis and golfer Walter Hagen in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius in 2004. In 2007 and 2008, he portrayed Thomas More on the Showtime series, The Tudors. He played John Brodie Innes in the 2009 film Creation, based on the life of Charles Darwin. In the 2015 film The Man Who Knew Infinity, he portrayed the philosopher Bertrand Russell. He played British Prime Minister Anthony Eden in the 2016 Netflix drama series The Crown.

Other work

His audiobook work includes The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis for Harper Audio and A Death Divided by Clare Francis for Macmillan.[4] For SilkSoundBooks, he recorded The Real Thing and Other Short Stories and The Aspern Papers, both written by Henry James. In 2007 he recorded Gerard Manley Hopkins poems for "The Great Poets" edition for Naxos Audiobooks. In 2009, he recorded Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene for CSA Word. He recorded the audio book Dark Matter, a ghost story by Michelle Paver, in September 2010; it was released on 21 October 2010, by Orion.

In the Gosford Park soundtrack, Northam sings the Ivor Novello songs "And Her Mother Came Too", "What a Duke Should Be", "Why Isn't It You", "I Can Give You the Starlight" and "The Land of Might Have Been" accompanied by his brother Christopher on piano.

Personal life

Northam married Canadian film/television make-up artist Liz Moro in April 2005, though they later divorced.

He has said he wished he took life less seriously.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Journey's End Captain Stanhope TV film
American Playhouse Mr. Benson TV series (1 episode: Suspicion)
Piece of Cake 'Fitz' Fitzgerald TV mini-series (5 episodes)
Wish Me Luck Colin Beale TV series (14 episodes: 1988-1989)
1992 House of Glass Gerald Stafford TV film
A Fatal Inversion Rufus Fletcher TV series (3 episodes)
Wuthering Heights Hindley Earnshaw
1993 Soft Top Hard Shoulder John
Agatha Christie’s Poirot Hugo Trent TV series (1 episode: "Dead Man's Mirror")
1995 A Village Affair Anthony Jordan TV film
Carrington Beacus Penrose
The Net Jack Devlin American Film Debut
Voices Philip Heseltine/Peter Warlock
1996 Emma Mr. Knightley
1997 Mimic Dr. Peter Mann
Amistad Judge Coglin
1998 The Tribe Jamie
The Misadventures of Margaret Edward Nathan
1999 Happy, Texas Harry Sawyer, aka Steven "Steve" ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year
Gloria Kevin
An Ideal Husband Sir Robert Chiltern Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year
The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best British Performance
ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
2000 The Golden Bowl Prince Amerigo
2001 Enigma Mr. Wigram
Gosford Park Ivor Novello Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2002 Possession Randolph Henry Ash
Cypher Morgan Sullivan/Jack Thursby/Sebastian Rooks International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor
Catalan International Film Award for Best Actor
Martin and Lewis Dean Martin TV film
2003 The Singing Detective Mark Binney
The Statement Colonel Roux
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Walter Hagen
2005 Guy X Col. Woolwrap
A Cock and Bull Story Mark
2007 The Invasion Tucker Kauffman
2007–2008 The Tudors Sir Thomas More TV series (15 episodes)
2008 Fiona's Story Simon TV film
Dean Spanley Fisk Junior
2009 The Payback
Creation Reverend Innes
Glorious 39 Joseph Balcombe
2010 Miami Medical Dr. Matthew Proctor TV series (13 episodes)
2012 White Heat Edward TV series (6 episodes)
2015 Eye in the Sky Brian Woodale
The Man Who Knew Infinity Bertrand Russell
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Aubrey Longrigg
2016–2017 The Crown Anthony Eden Main role (11 episodes: Seasons 12)
2019 Official Secrets Ken Macdonald
TBA Freud's Last Session Filming



  1. ^ Jeremy Northam Biography (1961-)
  2. ^ "This much I know: Jeremy Northam". 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni", RHC website, Royal Holloway College, University of London, archived from the original on 25 July 2008, retrieved 31 May 2013
  4. ^ MAB 313
  5. ^ "This much I know: Jeremy Northam". 19 February 2012.