Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Pointand his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors. He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns.

In 2013, Meyers appeared as the villain Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare's novel, City of Bones. He also starred in the NBC drama series Dracula as the titular character. Meyers appeared in the 2015 film Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich.

He was born 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland, to Geraldine (née Myers; died 20 November 2007 at the age of 50) and folk musician John O'Keeffe. His family is Roman Catholic. His three brothers are all professional musicians.

When Meyers was three, his parents separated. His mother raised him and his brother Alan "Ali" in a council flat in Cork, while the other two boys, Jamie and Paul, went to live at their paternal grandmother's home with their father. He also has two half sisters. Meyer's mother drank heavily, and Meyers has spoken in interviews about how close he was to her and their living in poverty. He briefly attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School but was expelled at the age of 14.

Soon after, he left home and began working in a pool hall. There, he met a wealthy dairy farmer, Christopher Croft, who invited Meyers to live with him and his three children to work on the farm. Croft was his mentor and father figure, but in 2007, Croft was convicted of sexually abusing a homeless boy and sentenced to one year in prison.

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