A classically trained stage actor and former member of London’s famed Royal Shakespeare Company, Jared Harris’ prolific career continuously showcases his ability to easily transition through film, television, and stage. Harris’ extensive film career includes Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award® nominated biopic, Lincoln, in which he played the iconic Civil War hero “General Ulysses S. Grant”; “Professor Moriarty” in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; David Fincher’s Academy Award® nominated film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; and a riveting portrayal of Andy Warhol in the acclaimed independent film I Shot Andy Warhol.
Harris starred as, “Captain Francis Crozier,” on the first season of AMC’s new show The Terror. He completed principal photography for HBO’s upcoming miniseries Chernobyl, set to air in 2019. and will also be seen in Amazon’s Carnival Row.
He also appeared as “Frank Heslop” in Robert Zemeckis’s Allied, and “King George” in the Emmy nominated Netflix series The Crown. Prior to this, Harris received much acclaim as “Lane Pryce” on AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men. The role earned Harris his first Primetime Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Harris went behind the camera for the first time to direct the eleventh episode, “Time and Life,” of Mad Men’s final season. In 2015, Harris appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. starred in Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist, and can be heard as “Lord Portley-Rind” in the Academy Award® nominated animated film, The Boxtrolls. He made his film debut in 1989's The Rachel Papers, which was also the directorial debut of his brother Damian, and has since gone on to appear in over fifty films in a wide array of roles, including: John Pogue’s The Quiet Ones, Paul W.S. Anderson's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Todd Solondz's Happiness (National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award), Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, Sylvia, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Jonathan Nossiter’s Sunday (Grand Jury Prize -1997 Sundance Film Festival), Igby Goes Down, Mr. Deeds, Michael Radford’s B. Monkey, Wayne Wang’s Smoke, and John Carpenter's The Ward, among others.
Television credits in both England and the U.S., include performances as "Henry VIII" in The Other Boleyn Girl (BBC), John Lennon in Two of Us (VH1), Simon Mann's Coup! (BBC) To the Ends of the Earth (BBC), and The Shadow in the North (BBC). Additional credits include:The Riches, The Expanse, Fringe, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Without a Trace.
His first theatre job at the Royal Shakespeare Company was in Mark Rylance’s Hamlet, and made his American stage debut as Hotspur in New York Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2. He went on to perform with NYSF in both Tis Pity She's A Whore and King Lear. Additional stage credits include: the New Group's Obie Award-winning production of Mike Leigh's Ecstasy, Hamlet (New Jersey Shakespeare Company) in which he played the title role, Tennessee William's A Period of Adjustment (Almeida Theatre), and More Lies About Jerzy ( Vineyard Theater). Harris was born in London, and is the son of Irish actor, Richard Harris. He attended Duke University and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Harris currently resides in Los Angeles.