Born September 22, 1970 in London, England, Rupert Penry-Jones or Roo is the son of Peter Penry-Jones and actress Angela Thorne. He has a brother, Laurence Penry-Jones, who is also an actor. Rupert Penry-Jones attended the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and acted alongside his mother in the 1995 television production Cold Comfort Farm. Although he dated Australian pop star Kylie Minogue briefly in 1999, his partner is Dervla Kirwan with whom he has two children. Their daughter Florence was born on May 1, 2004 while their son Peter was born April 8, 2006. Among Penry-Jones’ most notable appearances on film are in Charlotte Gray opposite Academy award-winner Cate Blanchett and The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson.
Rupert Penry-Jones made his stage debut in London when he was cast alongside Ralph Fiennes in an Almeida production of Hamlet. His theatre career continued to flourish, as he has acted in several plays like The Play About the Baby, the prestigious revival of Arnold Wesker’s Chips With Everything, Timon of Athens and Don Carlos, in which he had the title role. His performance there earned him an Ian Charleson Award. Penry-Jones began his film and television career with small roles, playing a wild, young man in 1994’s Black Beauty. He was also seen in French and the Saunders, and was an extra in Absolutely Fabulous. He had a recurring guest role in Faith in the Future, and has appeared in many made-for-TV movies. Some of these are The Moth, The Student Prince, and a 1997 production of Jane Eyre. During the late 1990s, he took on roles in a string of films. He was in Bent, The Tribe, Hilary and Jackie, Still Crazy and Virtual Sexuality. He later joined the cast of North Square, before accepting a role in the miniseries Cambridge Spies. He later became part of the spy series MI-5, playing the role of the ruthless but charming Adam Carter. Penry-Jones was also seen in Woody Allen’s romantic crime drama Match Point, released in 2005.
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