Jun. 1st, 1947
Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Jonathan Pryce's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Echelon Conspiracy
2009 - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
2008 - Leatherheads
2008 - Bedtime Stories
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2007 - The Moon and the Stars
2006 - Renaissance
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2005 - The New World
2005 - The Brothers Grimm
2004 - De-Lovely
2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003 - What a Girl Wants
2001 - The Affair of the Necklace
1999 - Stigmata
1998 - Ronin
1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies
1996 - Evita
1995 - Carrington
1994 - A Troll in Central Park
1993 - The Age of Innocence
1992 - Glengarry Glen Ross
1989 - The Rachel Papers
1986 - Haunted Honeymoon
1986 - Jumpin' Jack Flash
1985 - Brazil
1983 - Something Wicked This Way Comes
1980 - Breaking Glass
Guest TV Roles
Jonathan Pryce was born on June 1, 1947, in Holywell, Wales. His father, named Isaac Price, was a coal miner, who died in 1976. His mother, named Margaret Ellen (nee Williams), was a retail cashier. He left the home of his parents at age 16 to attend an art school, where he became interested in drama. At some point he changed the spelling of his last name from Price to Pryce. He studied acting on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After graduation from RADA, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and eventually became its Artistic Director.
In the 1970s Pryce established himself on the London stage with appearances in 'The Taming of the Shrew', 'Hamlet', and 'Measure for Measure' among other plays. He won the 1977 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in 'Comedians', for which he also earned the 1977 Theatre World Award and the 1977 nomination for Drama Desk Outstanding Actor Award. Pryce earned his second Tony Award 15 years later for the role as "The Engineer", a half-Vietnamese/half French pimp in 'Miss Saigon'. Pryce created the role in the original London production and agreed to reprise the role on Broadway in a transplant of the same production. He gave a brilliant performance amidst the controversy and temporary cancellation of the play because of racially charged pressure from unionized actors against him playing an Asian character.
In 1976 Pryce made his big screen debut in Voyage of the Damned (1976). But it wasn't until 1983 that he made a strong impression with his scary performance as a freaky manipulative Mr. Dark in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). Pryce shot to fame with Brazil (1985) and his role as Sam Lowry, a technocrat trying to correct an error caused by a bug and himself becomes entangled in psychopathic bureaucracy eventually becoming an enemy of the state. He also filled such strong and authoritative roles, as dictator Juan Peron opposite Madonna in Evita (1996), then co-starred opposite Pierce Brosnan as Elliot Carver, the evil megalomaniac media mogul in the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Pryce's versatility and multifaceted talent rarely had a chance to take him beyond playing freaks and villains in film, an imposed forte which he, however, managed to overcome in his numerous stage performances and in a few film and TV works. He went on playing a range of characters marked with sophistication and depth, such as his subtle and nuanced portrayal of author Lytton Strachey in Carrington (1995), for which he won the Best Actor Award at Cannes. Pryce also shone in musicals 'My Fair Lady' and 'Oliver' to name just a few. Pryce made numerous works for television ranging from costume dramas to comedy, and from narrations to singing. In January 2006, he replaced John Lithgow as Lawrence Jameson in the acclaimed musical version of 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. He appeared as the timid Jamaican Governor Wetherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), and the third installment of the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Jonathan Pryce has been enjoying a family life with his wife, Irish actress Kate Fahy. Pryce an Fahy have been married since 1974, and they have two sons and one daughter. Pryce and Fahy also co-starred in the 2004 production of 'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' Jonathan Pryce currently resides with his family in England.
- He won a 1980 Laurence Olivier Award for his depiction of Hamlet, a performance made famous by his also playing the role of Hamlet's father's ghost as a regurgitated voice.
- Children: Patrick (b. 1983), Gabriel (b. 1986) and Phoebe (b. 1990).
- He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actor in a Musical for Miss Saigon.
- Alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
- Won two Tony Awards: in 1977 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Comedians," and in 1991 for Best Actor (Musical) for "Miss Saigon."
- Pryce was one of the stars of _Dark Blood (1993)_ (qv), along with 'Judy Davis (I)' (qv) and 'River Phoenix' (qv), but the movie was never released due to Phoenix's death during filming in 1993.
- He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical of 2001 for his performance in My Fair Lady at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton and then later at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
- Performed in plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the period 1978 to 1987.