- (1948 - ) British stage, television, and filmactor. He began his career with the Bristol Old Vic company in 1966,appearing in such plays as Noël Coward's Hay Fever andJoe Orton's What the Butler Saw. After appearing in the musicalGodspell from 1971 - 73 at the London Roundhouse, he played Don Pedro in a Young Vic production of Much Ado About Nothingand Mick in Pinter's The Caretaker, both in 1974. The followingyear he played Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at theRoundhouse. In America he appeared in the Broadway production ofTom Stoppard's The Real Thing (1983) and later played Hamletat the Globe Theatre in Utah. In 1986 he took leading Shakespeareanroles at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Mermaid Theatre, London. Therewas then a long absence before he returned to the stage in a US revival of Camelot (2005) and Christopher Hampton's much praised Embers (2006). In 2008 he made his National Theatre debut - and gave one of his finest performances - playing Harold Macmillan in Howard Brenton's Never So Good. Recent stage roles also include the Lear-like protagonistin Denis Kelly's wildly over-the-top The gods Weep (2010).
Irons has also starred on television in the award-winningBrideshead Revisited and in such films as The French Lieutenant'sWoman (1981), The Mission (1985), and Damage (1992).He is married to the actress Sinéad Cusack (1948 - ).