Jonny Lee Miller


Jonny Lee Miller

Infobox actor


imagesize = 250px
caption = Jonny Lee Miller at a presentation for Peace One Day in 2005
birthname = Jonathan Lee Miller
birthdate = birth date and age|1972|11|15|df=y
birthplace = Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
spouse = Angelina Jolie (1996-1999) Michele Hicks (2008 - )

Jonathan "Jonny" Lee Miller (born 15 November 1972) is an English actor.

Biography

Early life

Miller was born in Kingston upon Thames, South West London, England, the son of Anne (née Lee), who worked in theatre production, and Alan Miller, a stage actor and later a stage manager at the BBC. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/69/Jonny-Lee-Miller.html Jonny Lee Miller Biography (1972-) ] ] Miller's maternal grandfather was Bernard Lee, famous for playing the character "M" in the earlier James Bond films. Miller has stated that he has fond memories of being at Television Centre with his sister and watching Top Of The Pops and Blue Peter being made. [ [http://www.jonnyleemiller.co.uk/telegraph.html "'Do you wanna be in my gang' from The Telegraph"] , JonnyLeeMiller.co.uk] Miller was educated at Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames where he gained his first acting experience and played in the Tiffin Swing Band. [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/person/200487/Jonny-Lee-Miller/biography "Jonny Lee Miller"] , The New York Times, "accessed 28 June 2008"] Miller left school, aged 17, to pursue his acting career. [ [http://www.tribute.ca/bio.asp?id=2048 "Johnny Lee Miller"] , Star Bios, Tribute.ca]

Career

After a stint in "EastEnders" as Jonathan Hewitt, Miller got his big break in the film "Hackers" (1995), co-starring Angelina Jolie. In 1997, Miller was involved with the creation and operation of Natural Nylon along with friends Jude Law (whom he met in the National Youth Music Theatre), Sadie Frost, Ewan McGregor, Sean Pertwee, Damon Bryant and Bradley Adams. Natural Nylon folded in 2003. Aside from "EastEnders" he has appeared on television in the BBC's modernisation of "The Canterbury Tales" as Artie in "The Pardoner's Tale" and as Lord Byron in a BBC production about the life of the poet. He worked on the US television series "Smith" (CBS, Fall 2006). His first appearance on US Television was the 1996 miniseries "Dead Man's Walk".

Shortly after "Hackers", Miller was cast in "Trainspotting" (1996), which brought him renown. He was suggested for the role of Sick Boy by Ewan McGregor. The accent he used in the film was so convincing that it led many people to erroneously believe he was Scottish. In 1997, he played Billy Prior in the film adaptation of Pat Barker's World War I novel, "Regeneration", and in 2000 he played the role of Cameron Colley in "Complicity" (video title "Retribution"), based on the book by Iain Banks. Also in 2000, he appeared as Simon Sheppard in Wes Craven's "Dracula 2000".

In 2005, he was considered for the role of James Bond, replacing Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. The role went to fellow British actor, Daniel Craig. The following year, Miller portrayed cyclist Graeme Obree in "The Flying Scotsman". In 2007, Miller was chosen to play the lead role in a new series for the American network ABC, called "Eli Stone". He plays the lead character, a lawyer who struggles with the belief others have that he might be a prophet.

Personal life

Miller married actress Angelina Jolie in 1996. They separated a year later and were divorced in 1999. Since then, he has been involved with several well-known women (including Lisa Faulkner and Natalie Appleton), and started seeing actress/model Michele Hicks in 2006. [ [http://www.mynottinghill.co.uk/nottinghilltv/celebs-jonny-lee-miller.htm "Notting Hill TV"] , mynottinghill.co.uk] Jonny and Michele married in Malibu in April 2008, at which point she was 5 and a half months pregnant with their first child.

Miller is also a supporter of Chelsea FC. [ [http://www.chelseafc.com/article.asp?article=99643&Title=Celebrities&lid=Navigation+-+Fan+Zone&sub=Celebrities&nav=&sublid= "Chelsea Celebrity Supporters"] , Chelsea FC] . He is a marathon runner, often supporting the charity Mencap. He ran the 2008 London Marathon in 3:01:40. Miller was signed up to run the 2006 Marathon des Sables but had to drop out due to contractual obligation to the television series "Smith".

He has many tattoos. Three of them (Stamina, Endurance, and Discipline) seem to tie into his interest in strenuous marathons.

Miller is also a saxophonist.

Awards

* Won the 1997 Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival Jury Award for best ensemble cast for "Afterglow". He shares this award with Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, and Lara Flynn Boyle.
* Nominated for the Scottish BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance in "The Flying Scotsman".

elected works

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0001538|name=Jonny Lee Miller


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