Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor and model.

He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors.

He also took over singing parts in Velvet Goldmine and August Rush.

He has been the face of several advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss fragrances.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Geraldine Meyers and musician John O'Keeffe. His stage name is derived from his mother's maiden name, Meyers. He spent the first few months of his life in hospital. Born with a serious heart problem, Meyers was baptised shortly after his birth, as it was feared he would not survive long enough for a traditional baptism ceremony. He was raised Roman Catholic by his family. Born in Dublin, he moved to Cork at one year old and was raised there with his three younger brothers named Jamie, Alan and Paul, who are all professional musicians. At age three, his parents separated. His mother raised Rhys Meyers and his brother Alan while his other two brothers went to live at their grandmother's house with their father. Rhys Meyers attended North Monastery School.

Rhys Meyers owns houses and apartments in Los Angeles, Dublin, London and Monaco, splitting his time between Los Angeles and London when not working. He also owns a horse named Belle and a Chihuahua named Boo Boo.

In May 2005, Rhys Meyers checked into rehab facility Promises in California seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. On 24 April 2007, the Associated Press reported that Rhys Meyers returned to treatment. The actor's representative Meredith O'Sullivan confirmed the news to People magazine citing his need to take a break from his busy schedule in order to maintain sobriety. On 18 November 2007, Rhys Meyers was arrested in Dublin Airport and charged with being drunk and in breach of the peace. He was later released on bail to appear at the Dublin District Court on 5 December 2007. He was in Dublin to promote his new movie August Rush on the Irish television programme Tubridy Tonight. The charges were later dropped.

On 27 February 2009, the actor checked into rehab a third time, seeking help for alcohol addiction. He checked out on 15 March 2009.

On 20 June 2009, Rhys Meyers was arrested after allegedly attacking a number of staff at a bar in Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris and then threatening to kill them. He was bailed out to appear before magistrates on charges of "willful violence, outrage, hitting and threatening death", and was to appear before the Correctional Tribunal in Bobigny, in September 2009.

In May 2010, it was reported that Rhys Meyers was banned for life from flying on United Airlines due to "belligerent" and "disruptive behaviour" stemming from reports that he "used the n-word" after "pounding drinks" in the first class lounge and becoming increasingly drunk and disorderly," at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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