British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. His career began with two years of training at the Bristol Old Vic School, after which he joined the repertory company working in everything from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas. He moved to London in 1971 and had a number of odd jobs before landing the role of John the Baptist in the hit musical “Godspell”. Irons made his on-screen debut in Nijinsky. In the early 80s, he gained international attention with his starring role in the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited. In 1984 he won a Tony for his role opposite Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” Irons won an Oscar in 1990 for his role again opposite Glenn Close in Reversal of Fortune. His most-watched movie from the 1990’s may only include his voice –he brought to life Scar in The Lion King. His latest roles include Brom in 2007’s Eragon, and the Earl of Leicester in Elizabeth I.