Born in London on December 29, 1972, Law began his acting career
as a teen on the London stage, most notably in Indiscretions,
which he later followed to New York to star in the Broadway version
with film actress Kathleen Turner.
next turned to film, initially in independent productions, but
with his first major performance in Gattaca opposite Uma
Thurman and Ethan Hawke, and in a notable role in Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil.
star continued to rise in Hollywood with the 1999 release of The
Talented Mr. Ripley alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt
Damon, for which he received both a Golden
Globe and Oscar
nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
notable performances include a starring role in Enemy at the
Gates; an appearance in Steven Speilberg's A.I.; in
Road to Perdition alongside Tom Hanks and Paul Newman;
and in 2003's Cold Mountain with Nicole
Kidman and Renee Zellweger for which he was nominated for
a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor.
British actor Jude Law first drew major attention with a lead performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley, later
starred in the 2004 remake of Alfie, and played Dr. Watson opposite Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes.
In 2004, Law became unavoidable on the silver screen with starring
roles in no less than six films including Sky Captain and the
World of Tomorrow with Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina
Jolie, and in the comedy I Heart Huckabee's. Additional
2004 appearances included the starring role in a remake of the
in the Mike Nichol's drama, Closer
and as Errol Flynn in the Howard Hughe's film biography, The
was been named "Sexiest Man Alive 2004" by People magazine, but the following year Jude Law appeared in few credits. However, he more than made up for it in 2006 with starring roles in All the King's Men, Breaking
and Entering and The Holiday in which he co-starred
with actress Cameron
Since then, Law has starred in such notable films as Sherlock Holmes in 2009 (reprising his role as Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011); Repo Man in 2010; and in a small but memorable role as the tragic father in Martin Scorsese's Hugo in 2011.
In 2009, Law also had a highly successful run as Hamlet both on the London and Broadway stages, which earned him a nomination for best actor at the Tony Awards in 2010.
The actor' more recent film projects have included roles in Dom Hemingway (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Upcoming film roles include playing Thomas Wolfe in Genius (2016) and the legendary medieval knight Vortigen in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (2016).
Away from acting studios, Law broke the hearts of millions of female fans in 2005 when he announced his
engagement in 2005 to actress Sienna
Miller, although their wedding plans were soon after called
off following Law's
fling with his children's nanny. At the time, Law had expressed
"sincere regret" to Sienna Miller regarding the affair.
divorced fashion designer-actress Sadie Frost in October 2003
after a six-year marriage and three children.
In addition to Sienna Miller, Law has been romantically linked to model Samantha Burke, with whom he shares one daughter, Sophia, born in September 2009.