David Jude Heyworth Law is an English actor. He has received nominations for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two British Academy Awards, winning one. In 2007, he received an Honorary Cesar and was named a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, in recognition of his contribution to World Cinema Art. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Jude Law.
1. Law was born in Lewisham, South London, the second child of junior and later on, comprehensive school teachers Margaret Anne and Peter Robert Law.
2. His father later became, according to Law, “the youngest headmaster in London”.
3. He has a sister, Natasha.
4. Law was named after “a bit of both” the book Jude the Obscure and the Beatles song “Hey Jude”.
5. He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Greenwich, and was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath and Kidbrooke School, before attending Alleyn’s School.
6. Law had his breakthrough with the British crime drama Shopping, which also featured his future wife, Sadie Frost.
7. In 1997, he became more widely known with his role in the Oscar Wilde biopic Wilde.
8. Law won the “Most Promising Newcomer” award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards for his role as Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, the glamorous young lover of Stephen Fry’s Wilde.
9. In Andrew Niccol’s science fiction film Gattaca, Law played the role of a disabled former swimming star living in a eugenics-obsessed dystopia.
10. In Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, he played the role of the ill-fated sex-worker murdered by an art dealer portrayed by Kevin Spacey.
11. In 1998, Jude Law played in ‘The Wisdom of Crocodiles’.
12. In 2001, Law starred as Russian sniper Vasily Zaytsev in the film Enemy at the Gates, and learned ballet dancing for the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
13. In 2002, he played a mob hitman in Sam Mendes’s 1930s period drama Road to Perdition.
14. In 2003, he collaborated again with director Anthony Minghella, for Cold Mountain, earning Best Actor nominations from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
15. In 2006, he portrayed the role of Kate Winslet’s single-parent brother in the film The Holiday, a modern-day American romantic comedy written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers.
16. In April 2017, it was announced that Law would be portraying a young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
17. In 1989, Law received his first television role, in a film based on the Beatrix Potter children’s book, The Tailor of Gloucester.
18. In May 2015, it was announced that Law would portray a conservative Italian American Cardinal who is elected Pope in response to what is perceived as rampant liberalism in the Catholic Church.
19. Law’s parents live in Vaudelnay, France, where they run their own drama school and theater.
20. His sister Natasha is an illustrator and artist, living in London.
21. Law met actress Sadie Frost while working on the film Shopping.
22. He and Frost married on 2 September 1997 and divorced on 29 October 2003.
23. He has three children with her: daughter Iris Law, and two sons.
24. While filming Alfie (2004) in late 2003, Law and co-star Sienna Miller began a relationship and became engaged in 2004.
25. On July 8, 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with his children’s nanny.
26. Miller and Law broke up in November 2006.
27. Law became a father for the fourth time, following a brief relationship with American model Samantha Burke in 2008; Burke gave birth to a daughter in September 2009.
28. His fifth child, a daughter, was born in 2015, to Catherine Harding.
29. He married his girlfriend Phillipa Coan on 1 May 2019.
30. In 2011, Law joined street protests against Alexander Lukashenko and his brutal crackdown on the Belarusian democracy movement.