Jared Harris

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Harris in December 2014
Jared Francis Harris

(1961-08-24) 24 August 1961 (age 60)
Hammersmith, London, England
Education Downside School
Alma mater
Years active1989–present
  • Jacqueline Goldenberg
    (m. 1989;div. 1992)
  • (m. 2005;div. 2010)
  • Allegra Riggio
    (m. 2013)

Jared Francis Harris (born 24 August 1961) is an English actor. [1] His roles include Lane Pryce in the AMC television drama series Mad Men , for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; David Robert Jones in the science fiction series Fringe ; King George VI in the historical drama series The Crown ; Anderson Dawes on the science fiction series The Expanse ; Captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror ; and Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl , for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie . [2] He has also had significant supporting roles in films such as Mr. Deeds (2002), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Lincoln (2012), and Allied (2016). In 2021, he took the role of Hari Seldon, a leading character in the Apple TV+ science fiction series Foundation .


Early life

His father, the actor Richard Harris. Richard Harris 1985.jpg
His father, the actor Richard Harris.

Harris was born in Hammersmith, London, one of three sons of Irish actor Richard Harris and his first wife, Welsh actress Elizabeth Rees-Williams. [3] His younger brother is actor Jamie Harris, his older brother is director Damian Harris [4] and his maternal grandfather was politician David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore.


Harris was educated at Ladycross School, a former preparatory boarding independent school in the coastal town of Seaford in East Sussex, as were his brothers Jamie and Damian. He says, "They were famous for discipline, with cold showers every morning", and that "You were never known by your first name there. You were either called by your number, or your last name. Since there were three of us, Damian was 'Harris Ma' for major. I was 'Harris Mi' for minor, and Jamie was 'Harris Minimus,' being the youngest and the smallest". [5] He then attended Downside School, a Catholic boarding independent school in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse (near the market town of Shepton Mallet) in Somerset, in South West England. [5] He went on to Duke University in the U.S., graduating in 1984 with an MFA in drama, then returned to England to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1989. [6]


Harris began his film career directing Darkmoor (1983), an unfinished feature-length film for Duke University's Freewater Films. His first film appearance as an actor was in The Rachel Papers (1989). He played the role of the aged Will Robinson in the movie adaptation of the television series Lost in Space . Harris played Dr. Charles Ashford in Resident Evil: Apocalypse , Benmont Tench in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man , and Kenneth Branagh's character's doppelgänger in How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog .

Other notable roles include King Henry VIII in the 2003 film adaptation of the novel The Other Boleyn Girl . He also portrayed Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol and John Lennon in the television movie Two of Us (2000). He played Vladimir in the black comedy drama film Happiness (1998), written and directed by Todd Solondz. He played the gruff Captain Anderson in the BBC2 adaptation of To the Ends of the Earth ; Mac McGrath in the movie Mr. Deeds ; Eamon Quinn on the FX series The Riches ; and David Robert Jones on Fringe . One of his more recent film roles was Ulysses S. Grant in the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln . [7] He played Lane Pryce in Mad Men from 2009 until 2012 and returned to the series to direct the 11th episode of season 7, which aired in 2015.

His portrayal of King George VI in the first season of The Crown received praise from critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who stated that despite the series' large ensemble, "Harris still manages to communicate the character’s understated sensitivity and awareness of his circumscribed role in England’s drama so poignantly that one can’t help being moved by the performance". [8]

He played Captain Francis Crozier in the 2018 series The Terror , based on the Dan Simmons novel of the same name that provided a fictional account of the fate of Franklin's lost expedition. In November 2018, Harris was one of the first recipients of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Louie Kamookak Medal, awarded "for making Canada's geography better known to Canadians and to the world", for his portrayal of Captain Crozier. Harris said that he was "gratified" that the series inspired curiosity about the real expedition, remarking, "It’s sort of fitting that history will recall that it was the RCGS that first recognized The Terror, and that we as the recipients walked in the footsteps of Louie Kamookak." [9]

In 2019, Harris played Valery Legasov in the acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl, which revolves around the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and the cleanup efforts that followed. [10] For that role he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. The series was produced by HBO in the United States and Sky UK in the United Kingdom.

In March 2019, Harris joined Jared Leto in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Morbius . [11] He plays the developer of psychohistory Hari Seldon in the Foundation television series produced for Apple TV+ which premiered in September 2021. [12] In March 2021, Harris was announced to have joined the cast of the biographical drama film Rothko , directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. [13]

Personal life

Harris married Jacqueline Goldenberg in 1989 and they divorced three years later. [14] On 16 July 2005 Harris married actress Emilia Fox, [15] the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, and filed for divorce in January 2009; [16] the divorce was finalised in June 2010.

In April 2009 Harris met Allegra Riggio, a lighting designer and TV host, [17] at a comedy club where a mutual friend was performing. [17] [18] They married on 9 November 2013. [19] Harris resides in Los Angeles. [6]


1989 The Rachel Papers Geoff
1992 Far and Away Paddy
1992 The Last of the Mohicans British Lieutenant
1992 The Public Eye Danny the Doorman
1994 Natural Born Killers London Boy
1994 Nadja Edgar
1995 Smoke Jimmy Rose
1995 Dead Man Benmont Tench
1995 Blue in the Face Jimmy Rose
1995 Tall Tale Head Thug Pug
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Andy Warhol
1996Gold in the StreetsOwen
1997 Fathers' Day Lee
1997 Sunday Ray
1997 Chinese Box William
1997 White Lies Jacob Reese
1998 Happiness Vlad
1998 B. Monkey Alan Furnace
1998 Lost in Space Older Will Robinson
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Alvin Shineuncredited
1998 Trance Jim
1999 Lush W. Firmin Carter
1999The WeekendJohn Kerr
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog False Peter
2000 Shadow Magic Raymond Wallace
2001 Perfume Michael
2002Four ReasonsFilmmaker
2002 Mr. Deeds Mac McGrath
2002 Igby Goes Down Russel
2002 Dummy Michael Foulicker
2003 Sylvia Al Alvarez
2003 I Love Your Work Yehud
2004 Ocean's Twelve Basher's Engineer
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Dr. Charles Ashford
2005 The Notorious Bettie Page John Willie
2006 Lady in the Water Goatee Smoker
2006 Cashback Alex ProudUncredited
2006Cracked EggsJoeShort film
2007 32A Ruth's Father
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Captain Mike
2008 From Within Bernard Wilburn
2009 Tales of the Black Freighter RidleyVoice
2010 Extraordinary Measures Dr. Kent Webber
2010 The Ward Dr. Gerald Stringer
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Professor James Moriarty
2012 Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Hodge Starkweather
2013 The Devil's Violinist Urbani
2014 Pompeii Severus
2014 The Quiet Ones Professor Joseph Coupland
2014 The Boxtrolls Lord Charles Portley-RindVoice
2015 Poltergeist Carrigan Burke [20]
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Adrian Sanders
2016 Certain Women William Fuller
2016 The Last Face Dr. John Farber
2016 Allied Frank Heslop
2019 Robert the Bruce John Comyn
2020 Angela's Christmas Wish The VetVoice
2022 Morbius Morbius's mentorPost-production
1995 New York Undercover Seth BainesEpisode: "The Highest Bidder"
2000 Two of Us John Lennon Television movie
2003 Without a Trace Father Walker2 episodes
2003 The Other Boleyn Girl King Henry VIII Television movie
2005 To the Ends of the Earth Captain Anderson3 episodes
2006Coup!Simon MannTelevision movie
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Robert MortenEpisode: "Svengali"
2007 The Shadow in the North Axel BellmannTelevision movie
2008 The Riches Eamon Quinn5 episodes
2008–2012 Fringe Dr. David Robert Jones9 episodes
2009–2012 Mad Men Lane Pryce 26 episodes
Directed episode "Time & Life"
2013 Axe Cop King of EnglandVoice
Episode: "An American Story"
2015–2017 The Expanse Anderson Dawes7 episodes
2016–2021 Robot Chicken James Bond Villain / Mr. Weatherbee Voice
2 episodes
2016–2017 The Crown King George VI 6 episodes
2018 The Terror Francis Crozier [21] 10 episodes
2018 Animals Mr. BudmeiznerVoice
Episode: "Horses"
2019 Chernobyl Valery Legasov 5 episodes
2019 Carnival Row Absalom Breakspear [22] 8 episodes
2020 New Looney Tunes AsteroidVoice
2 episodes
2021 The Beast Must Die George RatteryMiniseries
2021 Foundation Hari Seldon
1991 Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2 Henry "Hotspur" Percy The Public Theater
1992 'Tis Pity She's a Whore SoranzoThe Public Theater
1995 Ecstasy LenJohn Houseman Theater
1996 King Lear Edmund The Public Theater
2001 More Lies About Jerzy Jerzy Kosiński Vineyard Theatre
Hamlet Prince Hamlet Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
2003 Humble Boy Felix Humble Manhattan Theatre Club
2005 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Vicomte de Valmont Playhouse Theatre, London
2006 Period of Adjustment Ralph Bates Almeida Theatre

Awards and nominations

1998 Sitges Film Festival Best Actor Trance Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2009 Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2010 Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series The Crown Nominated
2016 Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
2017 British Academy Television Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2018 Satellite Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film The Terror Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Chernobyl Nominated
2019 Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Nominated
2019 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
2019 Satellite Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won
2020 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Won


On 18 October 2019 Harris received the Cinema Vanguard award at the San Diego International Film Festival. [23] Previous winners include Topher Grace, Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody.

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