David Jude Law was born on December 29, 1972 in Lewisham, London, England, to Margaret Anne (Heyworth) and Peter Robert Law, both of whom taught at comprehensive schools; his father later became a headmaster. Law has said that he was named after both the book Jude the Obscure and the song Hey Jude.
In 1992, Jude began his stage career. He starred in many plays throughout London, and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award of "Outstanding Newcomer" After doing the play "Indiscretions" in London, he moved and did it again on Broadway. This time, he was alongside Kathleen Turner. He then received a Tony Nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor". He was then rewarded the Theatre World Award. After Broadway, Jude started on the big screen, in many independent films. His first big-named movie was Gattaca (1997), with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. He also had a good role in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). Jude's latest rise to fame has been because of The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), in which he plays Matt Damon's obsession. The film did very well at the box office, and critics loved Jude's acting.
Following the success of Gattaca (1997) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Law's feature film career continued to gain momentum throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s with roles in such films as Enemy at the Gates (2001), Road to Perdition (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Aviator (2004) and many others. Law is one of three actors, along with Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp, to take over acting responsibilities in the Terry Gilliam project The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) following Heath Ledger's death.
Law is a partner in the production company "Natural Nylon". His partners include Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife Sadie Frost.
Law has been active in many charitable activities and supports several different foundations and causes, doing work for organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Make Poverty History, Breast Cancer Care and others. Law is also a peace advocate, and in 2011, participated in street protests against the rule of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
Law married Sadie Frost in 1997 and the couple had two sons (Rafferty and Rudy) and a daughter (Iris) before divorcing in 2003. Law and Alfie (2004) co-star Sienna Miller were engaged to be married in 2005 and separated in 2006 (they would later rekindle their relationship in 2009, splitting once again in 2011). Law and American model Samantha Burke had a brief relationship in 2008 that resulted in the birth of Law's fourth child, daughter Sophia. Law's fifth child, with an ex-girlfriend, Catherine Harding, was born in 2015.
|1988||The Ragged Child||Anthony Ashley-Cooper|
|1989||The Tailor of Goucester||Mayor's Stableboy|
|1993||The Crane||Young Man 1||Short|
|1995||Shot at Dawn||Private Harry Farr|
|1996||I Love You, I Love You Not||Ethan / SS Officer|
|1997||Wilde||Lord Alfred Douglas|
|1997||Gattaca||Jerome / Eugene|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Billy Hanson|
|1998||Music from Another Room||Danny|
|1999||Presence of Mind||Secretary|
|1999||The Taented Mr. Ripey||Dickie Greenleaf|
|2000||Love, Honor and Obey||Jude|
|2001||Enemy at the Gates||Vassili|
|2001||A.I. Arificial Intelligence||Gigolo Joe|
|2002||Road to Perdition||Maguire|
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Brad Stand|
|2004||Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Sky Captain|
|2004||The Aviator||Errol Flyn|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Lemony Snicket|
|2006||All the King's Men||Jack Burden|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Will|
|2007||My Blueberry Nights||Jeremy|
|2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Imaginarium Tony 2|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Dr. John Watson|
|2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Dr. John Watson|
|2012||The Boy in the Oak||Narrator||Short|
|2012||The Homeless Polar Bear||Narrator||Short
|2012||Rise of the Guardians||Pitch Black||Voice|
|2013||Side Effects||Dr. Jonathan Banks|
|2013||Dom Hemingway||Dom Hemingway|
|2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Young Writer|
|2014||The Gentleman's Wager||Jude Law||Short|
|2015||The Gentleman's Wager II||Jude Law|
|2016||The Roof||And Yet Another Fan|
|2017||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||Vortigern|
|2017||National Theatre Live: Obsession||Gino|
|2018||Vox Lux||The Manager|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald||Albus Dumbledore|
|2019||A Rainy Day in New York||Ted Davidoff|
|2019||Skywatch||Man on Roof||Short|
|2020||The Rhythm Section|
|2021||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3||Albus Dumbledore|
|2021||Sherlock Holmes 3||Dr. John Watson|
|1991||The Case-Book of Sherlock HOlmes||Joe Barnes||One Episode|
|2015||Toasts of London||Jude Law||One Episode|
|2016||The Young Pope||Lenny Belardo|
|2017-2019||Neo Yokio||Charles / Sadie / Maitre D|
|2019-2020||The New Pope||Lenny Belardo|
|2020||The Third Day||Sam|
- Has appeared in two films alongside Liam Aiken in Road to Perdition (2002) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) yet the two have never shared a scene in either film.