More Jonathan Pryce Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for What A Girl Wants)A subtle, incisive actor, Jonathan Pryce has long been a dominant player both on the stage and on the screen. On the stage, he has played musical comedy as well as dramatic roles to considerable effect. He originated the role of The Engineer in Miss Saigon and was recently a celebrated Professor Higgins in the Royal National Theatre production of My Fair Lady, directed by Trevor Nunn.
Jonathan Pryce studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he played Macbeth and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
In films, recent successes include Juan Peron in Alan Parker's film Evita, starring Madonna in the title role; as Elliott Carver, the principal villain in the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies; and as Dr. William Rivers in Regeneration, from Pat Barker's novel about the First World War, for which he was nominated for Best Actor by the British Independent Film Awards.
His early film credits include Voyage of the Damned, The Ploughman's Lunch and Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was Terry Gilliam's nightmare comedy Brazil in 1985 that made Pryce a household name.
Pryce also appeared in Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen and was Al Pacino's potential client in Glengarry Glen Ross. Martin Scorsese cast him in The Age of Innocence and he played Lytton Strachey in Carrington, written and directed by Christopher Hampton, which won him the Best Actor award at Cannes Film Festival and The Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.
On Broadway, he won Tony awards for Comedians (1977) and Miss Saigon (1990), and in London the Olivier Award for his Hamlet and again for Miss Saigon, and garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Barbarians at the Gate.
In 2002, BAFTA Wales awarded him with a Special Award.
Next, Pryce will be seen opposite Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly in the highly anticipated The Pirates of the Caribbean.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "What A Girl Wants" (15-Mar-2003)