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Overview (3)

Born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Birth NameJohn Price
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as one of the greatest ones on both stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly moving between Hollywood studio films and the classical West End in a range of work that also includes bold independent cinema and the Broadway musical. He has created some of the most memorable characters in cinema and for over forty years been on the wish list of many of the worlds most notorious and accomplished directors as 'Someone they must work with'.

Jonathan Pryce was born John Price in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, to Margaret Ellen (Williams) and Isaac Price, a coal miner. His parents ran a general store. After graduating from the world famous RADA in London, he began his career in the 1970s at the hugely influential Liverpool Everyman Theatre which grounded his politics and talent and helped attract a legacy of brave individual artists that have since been through their doors. From his definitive performance as Hamlet, he made his breakthrough screen performance in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil (1985). The phrase an 'Actor's Actor' is often overused but with Jonathan Pryce I can think of no better fitting tribute because what that means to the industry is - here is a talent people want to watch and people want to work with. His choices can be considered as bold as they should be as well as always truthful that give life to characters multi-layered and always exciting, where it can be even hard to believe that he is just one man.

As in his stage course that includes notable performances such as in "Hamlet", "The Merchant of Venice", "The Goat or Who is Sylvia?", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Miss Saigon", "Oliver", "Comedians" and "King Lear", Jonathan Pryce's range of staggering portrayals full of generously euphoric delight has also been expressed in numerous films including as Brazil (1985), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Carrington (1995), Evita (1996), Behind the Lines (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Very Annie Mary (2001), Unconditional Love (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), The Wife (2017) and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) as well as in mesmerizing TV roles such as in Roger Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1981), Game of Thrones (2011), My Zinc Bed (2008), Wolf Hall (2015) and Taboo (2017).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Celyn Jones and Markos.

Spouse (2)

Kate Fahy (April 2015 - present) ( 3 children)
? (1970 - 1973) ( divorced)

Trivia (26)

Pryce was one of the stars of Dark Blood (2012), along with Judy Davis and River Phoenix, but the movie was never released due to Phoenix's death during filming in 1993.
Originated the role of 'The Engineer' in the musical "Miss Saigon".
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actor in a Musical for "Miss Saigon".
He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical of 2001 for his performance in "My Fair Lady" at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton and then later at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Children: Patrick (b. 1983), Gabriel Pryce (b. 1986) and Phoebe Pryce (b. 1990).
Performed in plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the period 1978 to 1987.
Became an Associate Member of RADA.
Alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Was the artistic director of the Liverpool Everyman, during the seventies.
He appeared in most of Nissan's luxury car division in America, Infiniti's television ads in the mid-1990s.
Won two Tony Awards: in 1977 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Comedians" and in 1991 for Best Actor (Musical) for "Miss Saigon".
Pryce was at the center of a racially-charged controversy regarding his role in the mid-1980s musical Miss Saigon. He played 'The Engineer,' a half-French Caucasian/half-Vietnamese Asian pimp, in the original London cast, but when producer Cameron Mackintosh wanted to transfer the UK cast to the original Broadway opening, the US performers' union Actors' Equity objected on the grounds that Pryce, a Welsh Caucasian, should not have been allowed to play an Asian person. Their arguments against Pryce's casting were that a White person playing an Asian one amounted to minstrelsy, denied already-scarce roles to Asian actors, and was an "affront to the Asian community." In response, Mackintosh canceled the Broadway production (despite having sold advance tickets), so Actors' Equity reversed its decision on a technicality in their bylaws that exempts producers from having to audition domestic actors for a transplanted production if the original star is deemed famous enough. The policies regarding racial casting issues that Actors' Equity set in place in response to this incident still governed Broadway casting as of 2006.
He won a 1980 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Best Actor in a Revival' for his depiction of Hamlet, a performance made famous by his also playing the role of Hamlet's father's ghost as a regurgitated voice.
Awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Liverpool on 12th December 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the acting arts on stage and screen.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama.
Starred as Martin in Edward Albee's controversial play "The Goat or Who is Sylvia?" at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. [April 2004]
Reprised his role as Zarniwoop (and a new character, Vann Harl) in the new "Quintessential Phase" episodes of "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" BBC4 radio series, adapted from book 5 of the late Douglas Adams' "Hitch Hiker's Trilogy", "Mostly Harmless". [May 2005]
Starred in Broadway's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Norbert Leo Butz. [2006]
Camden Town, London, England [June 2009]
Starred as Professor Henry Higgins in Trevor Nunn's production of "My Fair Lady", which began at the National Theatre and has since moved to the Drury Lane Theatre in London. [2001]
Starred in Broadway's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" taking over the role of Lawrence Jamieson, originally played by John Lithgow. [January 2005]
Started a stint as conman Lawrence Jameson in the hit Broadway Musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" playing at the Imperial Theater in NYC [January 2006]
Starred in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" at the Everyman in Liverpool. [October 2009]
According to the Michael Palin diaries, Pryce was seen for a role in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Considered for the roles of Col. Colin Caine, Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Bukovsky and Roger Derebridge in Lifeforce (1985).
Was considered for the role of Arthur Parker in Pennies from Heaven (1978).

Personal Quotes (9)

'I'm not a star, I'm an actor - there's a difference!'
The older you get, the more you find yourself looking for things you used to see and liked when you were younger.
Oddly enough, I'm not religious but I'm also very fond of St Peter's in Rome. When I'm there, I always know there's a good meal not far away.
I'll read a book every now and then, but unlike most of my friends I don't always have one on the go.
I have just enough public appreciation to make me happy.
I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n' roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror.
I live a very ordinary life. The rare awards ceremonies I go to are quite fun, because I can enjoy the irony of one minute walking to the tube, and the next being driven along the same stretch of road in a limo.
I know people whose entire lives are ruined by fame. If you make yourself exclusive, people want to break that down, but if you go about doing your shopping, no one bugs you.
When I left school, I wanted to be an artist, specifically a painter.

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