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Biography #2 (for Phantom of the Opera)

Gerard Butler was born in Glasgow, the youngest of three children to Margaret and Edward. He spent his first two years in Montreal, where his father worked as an accountant, before moving back to Glasgow. Butler was interested in acting from an early age, and made his stage debut at the age of twelve in Oliver, at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre.

At the age of twelve, amidst daydreams that he was living within the fantasy movie Krull, Butler pursued the idea of becoming a professional actor. He spent the summer at the Scottish Youth Theatre residential course in Livingstone. Despite being noted as an outstanding student, Butler was dissuaded from continuing his theatrical studies by his school career officers. Consequently he trained in law for seven years before moving to London to revive his former dream.

Butler's first break came via a chance meeting in a London coffee shop with veteran British actor and director Steven Berkoff; Butler pleaded for an audition and managed to land a part in his upcoming play Coriolanus at the Mermaid Theatre. Still agent-less, Butler's next audition in 1996 landed him the lead role of Renton in the acclaimed stage production of Trainspotting, directed by Harry Gibson, which took him to Scotland to headline at the Edinburgh Festival.

Butler made his feature debut in the highly acclaimed Mrs. Brown, in which he played Billy Connolly's brother, Archie Brown, alongside Judy Dench. Based on the story of John Brown and Queen Victoria, the film was Oscar nominated in 1998.

After the huge success of Mrs. Brown, Butler went on to play the character Jacko, a bungling and childish psychotic criminal with a penchant for taking pot shots at the local pizza boy in Stuart Suggs' black comedy, Fast Food. He then starred opposite Tara Fitzgerald in the two-part BBC psychological drama, Little White Lies, directed by Philip Saville.

In 1998, Butler took the role of Yasha in the feature version of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by Michael Cacoyannis and co-starring Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates. He then turned his hand to comedy with the cult Channel 4 series A Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star in a hilarious portrayal of rock star Marty Claymore of super group Bonk Bonk Bonk.

The end of 1998 saw Butler star alongside Valerie Edmonds and James Cosmo in Vadim Jean's heartbreaking and powerful film One More Kiss, which won the Audience's Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Butler then appeared in Snatch, a play for the Soho Theatre Company directed by Polly Teale. He remained in the West End in 1999 to take on the role of Doctor Sugar, employing a Louisiana accent and starring opposite Rachel Weisz in the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Sean Mathias.

Butler's talent for comedy took him back to television when he gave an astounding portrayal of the alcoholic womanizing Gus in ITV's Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, directed by Sarah Hellings and Brian Grant.

His next role took him in a completely different direction as he went on to portray a war photographer caught up in the Bosnian War alongside Andie MacDowell and Adrien Brody in Eli Chouraqui's moving film Harrison's Flowers. He was also seen playing a psycho ganglord in Shooters, directed by Colin Teague, which also starred Adrian Dunbar and Matthew Rhys.

Towards the end of 2000, Butler brought to life two distinct, legendary characters. First he starred as a contemporary Dracula alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Esposito and Justine Waddell in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000. Following a short trip to L.A., Butler was then cast in the title role of Attila, the historic warrior, in the miniseries Attila the Hun, directed by Dick Lowry and produced by Alphaville, the team behind The Mummy and The Jackal. This was broadcast in 2001.

In December 2001, Butler was delighted to win the Spirit of Scotland Award for Screen. It was the first award he has won to date and he was thrilled that it was specifically a Scottish award.

In 2002, Butler divided his time between shooting the film Reign of Fire on location in Ireland with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey and ITV's The Jury in London. Written by Peter Morgan, The Jury is a complex six-part drama set at the Old Bailey trial of a child accused of a racially motivated killing. Butler played the pivotal character of an ex-alcoholic, a member of the jury who is set to try the boy. The drama, which also stars Derek Jacobi, Anthony Sher, Helen McCrory and Mark Strong, was screened on ITV in February 2002.

Most recently, Butler starred in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life opposite Angelina Jolie and Timeline opposite Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor.

Butler recently filmed the period soccer drama The Game of Their Lives. Butler plays Frank Borghi, head of the U.S. Soccer Team, which in 1950, in Brazil, defeated the highly favored English team in the World Cup. Directed by David Anspaugh, Game co-stars Wes Bentley and is due out in 2005.

Butler can be seen in the film Dear Frankie, directed by Shona Auerbach and costarring Emily Mortimer. The film centers around a woman who rescues her son from an abusive relationship and rebuilds her life. Dear Frankie screened at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving rave reviews.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Phantom of the Opera" (01-Jan-2005)


Biography #3 (for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life)

Gerard Butler, born in Glasgow, was a youthful acting enthusiast who was dissuaded from an acting career and channeled for seven years into a career as a lawyer. But after talking his way into a part in Coriolanus at London's Mermaid Theatre and winning the lead in Trainspotting, his career path was set. His film debut was in Mrs. Brown, -nominated story of Queen Victoria and the Scottish Highlander John?the Oscar Brown, with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly. More films and theater followed, including the title role of Attila, the historic warrior in the television miniseries Atilla directed by Dick Lowry. His big breakthrough came when he portrayed a contemporary Dracula with Jonny Lee Miller and Christopher Plummer in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000.

During part of 2001 Butler divided his time between the Irish locations of Reign of Fire with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey and the British television drama The Jury with Derek Jacobi and Antony Sher. Following that, he was cast in the lead role of André Marek in Michael Crichton's time-travel adventure Timeline directed by Richard Donner.

Having just completed shooting the Scottish film Natural History with Emily Mortimer, Butler is currently filming The Game of Their Lives, a true story of the American soccer team that, against all odds, strove to win the 1950 World Cup. Next up for Butler is the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (03-Aug-2003)


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