Jared Harris

Jared Harris is a classically trained stage actor and former member of London's famed Royal Shakespeare Company. He recently completed principal photography on Sean Penn’s The Last Face, also starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. Harris next appears in Guy Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big-screen update of the 1960s TV series, and Gil Kenan’s contemporized remake of Poltergeist, which also stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. Marking his foray into children’s cinema, Harris voices a character in Focus Features’ new 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature The Boxtrolls. He was most recently seen in Paul W.S. Anderson's action drama Pompeii, and prior to that he starred in the young adult fantasy adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. On television, Harris starred as 'Lane Pryce' in AMC's award winning drama Mad Men, for which he earned his first Primetime Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Harris’ television credits in both England and the U.S. include highly acclaimed performances in the BBC production of The Other Boleyn Girl, John Lennon in the 2000 original VH1 film Two of Us, and the starring role in the BBC's Coup!. Additional BBC credits include the mini-series To the Ends of the Earth, and The Shadow in the North. Stateside, Harris has been seen in recurring roles for The Riches and cult hit Fringe, and has guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU and Without a Trace. Harris' film career includes Steven Spielberg's Academy Award® nominated biopic Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day Lewis; 'Professor Moriarty' in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opposite Robert Downey Jr.; David Fincher's Academy Award® nominated 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; and Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol. Harris made his film debut in 1989's The Rachel Papers, and has gone on to appear in over fifty films, including Todd Solondz's Happiness, Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, Sylvia, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Jonathan Nossiter’s Sunday, Igby Goes Down, Mr. Deeds, Michael Radford’s B. Monkey, Wayne Wang’s Smoke, and John Carpenter's The Ward, among others. Harris’ first theatre job at the Royal Shakespeare Company was in Mark Rylance’s Hamlet. He made his U.S. stage debut as Hotspur in New York Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, then went on to perform with the company in Tis a Pity She’s a Whore and King Lear. Other stage credits include New Group's Obie Award-winning production of Mike Leigh's Ecstasy, New Jersey Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, in which he played the title role, Almeida Theatre's production of Tennessee William's A Period of Adjustment, and Vineyard Theater's More Lies about Jerzy. Harris was born in London, and is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris. He attended North Carolina's Duke University, where he majored in drama and literature, and after graduation, he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Harris currently resides in Los Angeles.