Who is Max Irons?
Max is a British actor, known for his roles in film and on television; some of his notable works include the films “Red Riding Hood” and “The White Queen”, and he’s also appeared in TV series such as “Condor” and “The Riot Club”.
Max Irons Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons was born on 17 October 1985, in London, England, to parents Sinéad Cusack, an Irish actress, and English actor Jeremy Irons. Max has an older brother, Samuel Irons, a photographer. The Cusack side of his family has a rich history in theater, as his grandparents were esteemed actors Cyril and Maureen Cusack. He also has notable relatives in politics and the wider entertainment industry.
For his education, Irons attended the Dragon School in Oxford, and later studied at Bryanston School in Dorset. He faced challenges in school due to dyslexia, and his learning style wasn’t compatible with the teaching methods. Despite initial reservations from his father, Max pursued a career in acting. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008; early in his acting journey, he also worked as a barman.
Max Irons made his acting debut in the 2004 film “Being Julia”, taking on a minor role as Curtain Call Boy. The film starred Annette Bening as Julia Lambert, a renowned British stage actress in the 1930s, following Julia’s journey through her personal and professional life, exploring themes of love, betrayal, and the captivating world of theater. Alongside Max, the film features talented actors, including his father Jeremy, Michael Gambon and Shaun Evans.
After a five-year hiatus for education, Max Irons returned to acting in more representative roles. In 2009, he portrayed Tom in the film “Unrequited Love”, and the same year, appeared in the film adaption of Oscar Wildes’s “Dorian Gray”, playing Lucius. The film stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray, a young man who becomes enchanted by the pleasures of London’s decadent society. However, his life takes a dark turn when he makes a Faustian bargain that grants him eternal youth while his portrait ages in his place.
Rise to Stardom
In the 2010s, Max Irons continued his successful acting career, notably taking on two significant roles in 2011, in three episodes of the TV series “The Runaway” playing Tommy Pasqualino. The main stars of the show include Joanna Vanderham as Cathy Connor, Jack O’Connell as Eamonn Docherty Jnr., Burn Gorman as Richard Gates, and Keith Allen as Danny Dixon. The series follows the story of a young woman named Catherine, who escapes from her abusive home and moves to London, where she gets involved with a charming but dangerous man named Tommy.
In the film “Red Riding Hood”, Max portrayed Henry alongside Amanda Seyfried, who plays the lead role of Valerie. The movie is a dark fantasy adaptation of the classic fairy tale, in which Valerie, a beautiful young woman, finds herself in the midst of a village terrorized by a werewolf.
Max continued to make a significant impact on the industry, and in 2013 featured in two notable roles. In the science fiction romantic film “The Host”, Max Irons portrayed Jared Howe alongside stars Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and William Hurt. Set in a future in which Earth is invaded by parasitic aliens, the film follows Melanie Stryder, who becomes a host for a Soul named Wanderer.
Then in the historical drama miniseries “The White Queen”, Max took on the role of King Edward IV. The show revolves around the English Wars of the Roses, with Max starred alongside Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, Janet McTeer, James Frain and Amanda Hale.
In the following years, Max shifted his focus to film roles. In 2014, he appeared in the film “The Riot Club“, portraying Miles Richards in the movie that explores the elite and hedonistic world of an Oxford University dining club known as “The Riot Club”. Then in 2015, Max starred in “Woman in Gold”, playing the role of Fredrick “Fritz” Altmann. The film stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee who seeks to reclaim artwork stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. Max’s Fritz Altmann is Maria’s lawyer and ally in her legal battle against the Austrian government to recover the famous painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, also known as the “Woman in Gold”.
Max Irons returned to the silver screen with the role of Howard Carter in the 2016 miniseries “Tutankhamun”. The series revolves around the real-life story of British archaeologist Howard Carter and his quest to discover the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Set in the early 20th century, the show follows Carter’s relentless pursuit and the challenges he faces during the excavation, as well as the historical and archaeological significance of the discovery. Max Irons’ portrayal of Howard Carter received acclaim, further solidifying his reputation as a skilled actor in the industry.
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In 2017, Max was the star of two critically acclaimed films – in “Bitter Harvest”, Max took on the role of Yuri, a young artist caught in the tragic events of the Holodomor, a man-made famine genocide in 1930s Ukraine. The film features co-stars Samantha Barks and Barry Pepper as they portray the struggles of their characters amidst the political turmoil and oppression.
He also starred as David Castleman in the film “The Wife“, featuring an impressive cast,including Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater. Based on Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same title, the story follows an aging woman, portrayed by Glenn Close, who begins to question her life choices as she accompanies her husband, played by Jonathan Pryce, to Stockholm for him to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The same year, Max was the star of Agatha Christie’s novel-based film “Crooked House”, co-starring Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson and Christina Hendricks.
The story revolves around a wealthy family embroiled in suspicion and murder after the patriarch’s death. Charles Hayward, a private detective, becomes entangled in the web of family secrets as he investigates the case.
Then in 2018, Max took on the role of Alfred in the film “Terminal“, also starring Margot Robbie, Simon Peg and Mike Myers. Set in a dark and mysterious city, the movie follows the entwined tales of assassins, criminals and a terminally ill teacher.
From 2018 to 2020, Max Irons took on the lead role of Joe Turner in the TV series “Condor”. The series revolves around his character, a young CIA analyst who becomes entangled in a deadly conspiracy. Throughout the series, Joe navigates a dangerous world of espionage, betrayal, and deception, and he shares the screen with a talented cast that includes Leem Lubany, William Hurt, Angel Bonanni, Kristen Hager and Mira Sorvino, among others.
In 2022, Max starred in the miniseries “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin”, portraying Malcolm Foxworth. The limited series serves as a prequel to the Dollinger series, delving into the origin story of Olivia and Malcolm Foxworth and the dark family secrets that shaped the Foxworth family from its very beginning. The cast includes Jemima Rooper, and T’Shan Williams.
According to authoritative sources, Max Irons’s net worth is estimated at $3 million as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Max has been married to Sophie Pera, who is fashion director at Tatler, since 30 November 2019. The couple started dating back in 2013, and in 2023, they welcomed their first child, a daughter.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Max Irons has light brown hair and green eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m), while he weighs approximately 175lbs (80kgs). His vital statistics are 37-31-13.