Jonathan Rhys Meyers Biography

(Actor, Model, Lyricist)

Golden Globe-winning British-Irish actor. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers acts in movies and television.

More about the relationship

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Mara Lane married in 2016. On 4 January 2017, Jonathan and his wife Mara Lane welcomed a baby boy and gave him a unique name- Wolfe Rhys-Meyers. A year later when they took a holiday to Peru with baby Wolfe.

Tragically, on 9 September 2017, Mara had a miscarriage and they lost their unborn child.

In 1997, he was dating Toni Collette, and in 2002-2003, he was with Lisa Butcher. He dated Victoria Keon-Cohen in 2012 and Katie Larmour in 2008 – 2009. From 2004 up until 2012, Jonathan was in a relationship with Rena Hammer, the daughter of make-up artist, Ruby Hammer.

Relationship Facts of Jonathan Rhys Meyers

  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is married to Mara Lane {Compare Couple}.
  • He is father of One (Wolfe Rhys-Meyers).
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers?

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a Golden Globe-winning British-Irish actor. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers acts in movies and television. To date, some of Jonathan’s most memorable embodiment is in the part of the iconic King Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’. His other movies include ‘The Aspern Papers’ and ‘Dracula’.

Jonathan is also a model, with endorsements that scale international barriers. He is also a respected singer-lyricist, plays the guitar like a pro, and finds time for charity drives and philanthropy.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: Birth Age, Parents, Ethnicity, Siblings

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keeffe on July 27, 1977, in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland. His pet names are JRM, Jon, and Jonnyboy. His parents are musician John O’Keeffe (father) and homemaker, Mary Geraldine-Meyers (mother).

The O’Keefe family relocated to County Cork when Jonathan was a year old. However, when Jonathan was a 3-year-old, his parents separated and Mary was left alone with very young four children.

Today, all his three younger brothers Ali O’Keefe, Jamie O’Keeffe, and Paul O’Keefe are professional musicians in their own rights. Their mother Mary Geraldine Geri’ O’Keefe died on 20 November 2007.

Education, Beginnings

As a teenager, Jonathon had to leave North Monastery School for truancy. Thereafter, he worked in a pool hall in Cork where some casting agents spotted him. They were looking for Irish boys for the movie ‘War of the Buttons’ and invited him to the audition. Though he did not qualify for the role, he received the needed impetus to pursue a career in acting. Today he is an actor whom newcomers love to emulate.

On 19 September 2008, Trinity College, Ireland honored Jonathan as one of their most successful students. Besides, on 7 April 2011, Jonathan visited the School Council of his high school at North Monastery to celebrate its 200th founding anniversary.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: Professional Career

Jonathan uses his looks- an audience magnet, and his impeccable performances to keep the audience glued to their seats in televisions and movies alike. This Actor changes his persona with every role he plays- as smooth as silk, and just as convincing. Some of the personas he lived and breathed are worthy of note.



1994 A Man of No Importance, as First Young Man
1996 The Disappearance of Finbar as Finbar Flynn
1997 The Maker Josh as Minnelli
1998 Velvet Goldmine as Brian Slade
1999 Ride with the Devil as Pitt Mackeson
2002 Bend It like Beckham as Joe
2003 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead as Davey Graham
2004 Alexander as Cassander
2016 London Town as Joe Strummer
2017 Holy Lands as David
2018 The Aspern Papers as Morton Vint
2019 Awake as John Doe

Jonathan’s prime-time television series and movies have a devoted following. Here are a few more magical moments you just cannot miss!

Rhy-Myers on TV

1996 Samson and Delilah as Young Samson
2003 The Lion in Winter King as Philip II
2005 Elvis as Elvis Presley
2007-10 The Tudors as King Henry VIII
2013–2014 Dracula as Dracula / Alexander Grayson
2016 Roots as Tom Lea
2017–2018 Vikings as Heahmund

Besides acting skills, he is a model worth reckoning. On 13 September 1998, the New York Times ranked Jonathan with an ‘A’ for his androgynous looks.

Jonathan is the face of Hugo Boss fragrances and its advertising campaigns. In 2006, he received the GQ UK Men of the Year Award.

Among his many other interests, Jonathan is a part of local charities in England, Scotland, and Ireland. On 9 February 2008, Riegel, Ralph of the Independent announced Meyers-Rhys as the new face of ‘Calcutta’ charity.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: Nominations, Awards

2008–09 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
2009–11 Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor
2009–11 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor
2010 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor-The Tudors
2010 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor -The Tudors
2011 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor -The Tudors
2011 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor – The Tudors
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Actor- Dracula
1999 London Critics Circle Film Awards British Newcomer -Velvet Goldmine
2002 Venice Film Festival Canal Grande Award -The Magnificent Ambersons
2005 Satellite Awards-Elvis
Primetime Emmy Awards – Elvis in 2005
2005 Cannes Film Festival Outstanding Newcomer- Match Point
2006 Golden Globes Awards Best Performance by an Actor in Elvis
2008 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor -The Tudors
2008 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor-The Tudors
2018 Manchester Film Festival Award for Best Actor- Damascus Cover

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Net Worth, Earnings

As of 2022, Jonathan’s net worth is $8 M US. His earnings for a single movie or serial are $250 K US and above.

His other sources of income include singer-songwriter and his channels are licensed by SME on behalf of Columbia-Sony Music, EMI, and BMG Rights among other corporations.

Moreover, Jonathan also earns as a model and endorses fashion and luxury products. On 25 August 2010, Jonathan endorsed the fragrance ‘Hugo Fragrances – Eau de Parfum – Hugo’ by Hugo Boss’.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers: Rumors and Controversy

-On 24 April 2007, Jonathan checked into rehab according to reports by RTÉ. Then again, on 18 May 2010 Jonathan did the walk back to rehab.

-On 17 November 2011 according to MSN, Jonathan was fined in four-figure Euros for threatening the French gendarmerie. Then later, the Irish Examiner reported that US Airport authorities grounded Rhys-Meyers over a drunken racist rant.

– In September 2017, E! News reported that Rhys-Meyers publicly acknowledged that he relapsed into alcoholism after his wife Mara suffered a miscarriage with their second child.

Body stats-Meyers: Height, Weight

Jonathan has brown hair and hazel eyes. His height is 5’ 10” and his weight is 72 kg. His arm-chest- waist measurements are 17-42-38, with shoe size 10 US.

Social Media

Jonathan has 50. 5 K views 26.7k followers, and 969 posts on Instagram, 338k followers and 94 talking about this on Facebook. His lyrics for ‘This Time’ are on YouTube with more than 390 K views.


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Why did Jonathan Rhys Meyers change his name?

  • He thinks his real name is boring.