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Jonathan Rhys Meyers hails from County Cork and was discovered shooting pool in a dingy bar after being expelled from school. A bit has happened since then, to say the least.

He burst onto the scene a decade ago with his perf as a glam rock star in Todd Haynes’ feature “Velvet Goldmine,” for which he won best newcomer kudos at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards. Since then, he has racked up lots of notable film credits, including Michael Radford’s “B. Monkey,” Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and Gurinder Chadha’s “Bend it Like Beckham.”

But it’s his TV work that has really enhanced Rhys Meyers’ swelling Stateside profile. He won a Golden Globe for his turn as “The King” in “Elvis” (2005) and was nommed for two lead actor Globes and one Emmy for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in “The Tudors.” Not bad for a young Irish tearaway who never attended acting classes.

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