Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Born in Dublin on July 27, 1977, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers parlayed his real-life bad-boy image into an effective on-screen presence, making his film debut in A Man of No Importance (1994) before being cast in Michael Collins (1996).

But critics really took notice of his striking performance as a 1970s pop star in Velvet Goldmine (1998), in which he played opposite Ewan McGregor and did a lot of his own singing for the role. Rhys-Meyers's success continued with steady work in Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil and Julie Taymor's Titus (both 1999), Prozac Nation (2001), The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and Vanity Fair (both 2004), before his titular turn as Elvis (2005) earned him a Golden Globe Award.

Plum roles followed with Woody Allen's Match Point (2005) and the summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible III (2006).