Birth: 29-12-1972, Lewisham, South London, U.K

David Jude Heyworth Law, known professionally as Jude Law, is an English actor, film producer and director.
 

He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989. After starring in films directed by Andrew Niccol, Clint Eastwood and David Cronenberg, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, Cold Mountain.
 

In 2006, he was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.  In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the main competition jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

He is the second child of teachers Peter Law and Margaret Heyworth. He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Lewisham, and was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath and Kidbrooke School, before attending the Alleyn's School.


He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989.


Law had his breakthrough with the British crime drama “Shopping” (1994), which also featured his future wife Sadie Frost.

After starring in films directed by Andrew Niccol, Clint Eastwood and David Cronenberg, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”.


In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, “Cold Mountain”.


In 2006, he was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood.


In 2007, he received an Honorary César and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the main competition jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Law's parents live in France, where they run their own drama school and theatre. His sister Natasha is an illustrator and artist, living in London.

Law is the face of the male perfume of Dior, ‘Dior Homme Sport’.

Since 2005, he has represented Dunhill as an "apparel ambassador" in Asia. In 2008, he became the international face of Dunhill and appears in the worldwide advertising campaigns.

In 2002, he directed a “Respect for Animals” anti-fur cinema commercial.