Two-time Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Jude Law has won awards for both his screen and theatre work.
Working with director Michael Grandage, Law was seen in Genius alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney. Recent projects include Paul Feig’s comedy Spy, Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Prior to this, he was seen in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. For his early performance as Bosie in the film Wilde, he won the London Film Critics Circle Award and the Evening Standard Award. His American film debut was in the futuristic Gattaca.
It was Law’s performance in the late Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley that brought him to the attention of a worldwide audience and garnered him his first Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. He won a BAFTA Award for the role. He worked with Minghella in two further films: Cold Mountain for which he was again nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, this time as Best Actor, and the small-scale and intimate Breaking and Entering.
Other films include Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, David Cronenberg’s Existenz, Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates, and Mike Nichols’ Closer. He starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and played Alfie for director Charles Shyer. In addition, Law played supporting roles as Errol Flynn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and in I Heart Huckabees directed by David O. Russell. He starred with Sean Penn in All the King’s Men and with Cameron Diaz in The Holiday. In 2007 he produced and starred in Sleuth with Michael Caine, directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by Harold Pinter and in 2008 he starred with Norah Jones in Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights. Also in 2008 he completed work on Repo Men for director Miguel Sapochnik. He stepped into the late Heath Ledger’s role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a role he shared with Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.
Law played a telling cameo in Sally Potter’s film Rage and had huge success as Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s two Sherlock Holmes films. He will reprise his role for a third installment of the film series. He also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and in 2011 appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Fernando Meirelles’ 360 and voiced a role in DreamWorks Animation’s Guardians.
In 2007 Law was awarded the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal and in the same year won a César Award for his contribution to cinema. In 2012 he received the prestigious Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards. He is an ambassador for the charity Peace One Day.