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HIGH-RISE talent: Jeremy Irons

A look at some of the High-Rise team’s greatest hits. This time it’s the turn of Jeremy Irons, who plays the tower’s elusive architect Anthony Royal.  

  • THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN (1981) – his first major film role came in this adaptation of John Fowles’ classic post-modernist historical novel. Irons plays Charles Henry Smithson, a Victorian palaeontologist, and Mike, an actor who is playing Charles in the film. Playing opposite Meryl Streep (also in dual roles) Irons went on to receive a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.
  • BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (1981) – Irons’ most beloved role is that of Charles Ryder in the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel. Charles recalls his youth at Oxford University and his befriending by Sebastian, a teddy-bear-toting aristocrat who changes his life. It has repeatedly been named as one of the greatest programmes of all time, including polls by the BFI, Time magazine, and The Guardian.
  • DEAD RINGERS (1988) – again playing two roles, this time twin gynaecologists, Irons starred in David Cronenberg’s psychological thriller. The more confident twin seduces the women he meets before passing them off to his brother without their knowledge. For his performance Irons won Best Actor awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle.
  • INLAND EMPIRE (2006) – this beguiling mystery from director David Lynch is either one of the greatest films ever made or completely impenetrable, depending on the viewer (hint: it’s the former). Irons plays Kingsley Stewart, a film director embarking on a remake of a supposedly “cursed’ German movie.
  • THE HOLLOW CROWN (2012) – Irons began his career on the stage, performing in numerous Shakespeare plays since the late 60s. In a fitting return to Shakespearian drama Irons plays the titular monarch opposite fellow High-Rise star Tom Hiddleston in Henry IV Parts I & II.