Jonny Lee Miller
Jonathan Lee Miller
15 November 1972
|Relatives||Bernard Lee (grandfather)|
Jonathan Lee Miller (born 15 November 1972) is a British actor. He achieved early success for his portrayal of Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson in the dark comedy-drama film Trainspotting (1996) and as Dade Murphy in Hackers (1995) before earning further critical recognition for his performances in Afterglow (1997), Mansfield Park (1999), The Flying Scotsman (2006), Endgame (2009), and T2 Trainspotting (2017). For The Flying Scotsman he received a London Film Critics' Circle nomination for Actor of the Year. He was also part of the principal cast in the films Melinda and Melinda (2004), Dark Shadows (2012), and Byzantium (2013). He has appeared in several theatrical productions, most notably After Miss Julie and Frankenstein, the latter of which earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Miller starred as the title character in the ABC comedy drama Eli Stone, for which he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. This was followed by another starring role in the BBC costume drama Emma and a supporting role as Jordan Chase in the fifth season of the Showtime drama Dexter. From 2012 to 2019 he starred as a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama Elementary, which earned him his second Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2022, he played British prime minister John Major in the fifth season of the Netflix historical drama The Crown.
Miller was born on 15 November 1972, in Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London and was raised in south west London. The son of Ann (née Lee) and Alan Miller, he was inspired by his parents to go into acting. Both were theatre actors. His grandfather was actor Bernard Lee, who played M in the first eleven James Bond films.
Miller attended Tiffin School as a child. He appeared in several school plays such as The Ragged Child and performed as part of the Tiffin Swing Band. He joined the National Youth Music Theatre, where he met fellow actor Jude Law. He left school, aged 16 after taking his GCSEs, to pursue an acting career.
Miller made his television debut with an uncredited appearance in the BBC series Doctor Who at the age of nine in the 1982 episode Kinda. The following year he appeared in Jemima Shore and had a role as Charles Price in the serial drama Mansfield Park. In 1991, he costarred, with Alexei Sayle in "'Itch", which was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the 4 Play strand, a platform for a series of one-off plays that ran from 1989 to 1991. The play was written by Alexei Sayle and David Stafford. Miller played "Dennis Turnbull", the teenaged son of Gordon and Susan Turnbull. He then appeared in various television shows throughout the 1990s. These included Keeping Up Appearances in 1990, followed by Inspector Morse and Minder in 1991. He appeared in two separate guest roles in the ITV police drama The Bill, one in 1991 and another in 1993, as well as single-episode roles in the BBC drama Between the Lines and the medical drama Casualty, both of which were broadcast in 1992.
In 1993's third instalment of Prime Suspect, Miller played a young man victimised as a child by a paedophile. His first notable acting role that year was in the soap opera EastEnders, wherein he played Jonathan Hewitt. Miller later revealed he had been offered a contract to remain on the show but declined: "It was five weeks' work and I made more money there than I ever had in my life. Then they offered me a year's contract. I said no, thank God. I thought I should get out of there while I still could."
In 2003, Miller appeared in the BBC modernisation of The Canterbury Tales in the episode The Pardoner's Tale and had a starring role as Lord Byron in the television film Byron. He then starred alongside Ray Liotta in the CBS drama Smith. However, the show was canceled after only seven episodes. Miller was then cast as the eponymous character in the legal comedy drama Eli Stone. The show ran for two seasons on ABC and he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. He then co-starred with Romola Garai in the 2009 BBC costume drama Emma as George Knightley.
Miller appeared in a guest role as Jordan Chase in the fifth season of the Showtime drama Dexter, for which he received a nomination for Screen Actors Guild Award for being part of the main cast in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In early 2010, it was reported he was set to portray Rick Grimes in the television adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead. It was later revealed that Andrew Lincoln had been cast. In 2011, Miller auditioned for the role of Sherlock Holmes in the CBS adaption based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. He originally turned down the part, as he feared it would be too similar to the BBC version Sherlock. However, after reviewing the script he accepted the part, and it was officially announced he would star in Elementary, alongside Lucy Liu. This earned him his second Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor.
He first starred in the film Hackers (1995), with Angelina Jolie, whom he married in 1996. Shortly after Hackers, Miller was cast as Sick Boy in Trainspotting. He was suggested for the role by Ewan McGregor. The accent he used in the film was regarded as convincing, leading some people to incorrectly believe that he was Scottish. Miller has stated: "I had to do a lot of work. I read and re-read the book and I pretended to be Scottish all the time I was in Glasgow, hanging around with Scots, picking up bits and pieces on the street and in bars. Everyone's been very encouraging and Danny [Boyle, the director] thinks that I've got it about right. Of course, the others are from all over Scotland and have different accents themselves, so I've tried to just pick up a general, composite accent."
In 1997, he played Billy Prior in the film adaptation of Pat Barker's World War I novel Regeneration. In 2000, he played Cameron Colley in Complicity, based on the book by Iain Banks. He costarred in the film Love, Honour and Obey as Johnny, a London street kid getting mixed up with a notorious British gangster. Also in 2000, he appeared as Simon Sheppard in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000. In 2006 Miller portrayed cyclist Graeme Obree in The Flying Scotsman.
He was considered as the third teammate to join Ben Fogle and James Cracknell in Team QinetiQ for the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race in January 2009. He participated in training for the event in Norway, which was televised for a BBC2 documentary series On Thin Ice. He was not able to attend the race because of filming commitments, after Eli Stone was extended for a second season.
In November 1999, he played Brito in Paul Corcoran's Four Nights in Knaresborough at the Tricycle Theatre, London. In March 2011, at the Royal National Theatre, he played both Victor Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Monster on alternate nights, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in a stage adaptation of Frankenstein. Directed by Danny Boyle, the play was broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 17 March 2011 and additional dates throughout March and April. He also appeared on Broadway in a production of After Miss Julie, with his performance receiving very positive reviews. In March 2004, he played Christian in Festen by David Eldridge at The Almeida Theatre in London.
Awards and honours
- Laurence Olivier Award (2012)
- Satellite Award (2008, 2012)
- IQ Award (2014). Mensa members nominated Edward Snowden for the 2014 IQ Award, but the managing board of Mensa revoked Snowden's nomination because "Mensa is not allowed to comment on political issues." In protest, Miller was nominated for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and he ultimately won the award.
Miller married actress Angelina Jolie on 28 March 1996. They separated 18 months later, and were divorced in 2000; however, they remain close friends. He began dating actress and model Michele Hicks in 2006. They married in July 2008 in Malibu, California. The couple have one son, Buster Timothy Miller, born in December 2008. They divorced in 2018.
He is a marathon runner, often supporting the charity Mencap. Miller was signed up to run the 2006 Marathon des Sables but dropped out due to filming commitments. He ran the 2008 London Marathon in 3:01:40. Miller is an advocate for finding treatment and cure for Sanfilippo syndrome. In 2014, he addressed the Congressional caucus in Washington, D.C., on behalf of rare disease organisations, in the hope of securing funding for treatment research.
In November 2014, he became an American citizen.
Miller has trained in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Evolution Muay Thai in New York City. In May 2018, he took part in an exhibition Muay Thai bout held at Chok Sabai Gym in New York City, which followed a five-week training camp leading up to the event.
On 1 February 2019, Miller made his Muay Thai debut at Broad Street Ballroom in New York City. He won the fight by knockout in the final round.
|1993||Bad Company||Michael Hickey|
|1995||Hackers||Dade Murphy [aka "Zero Cool" / "Crash Override"]|
|1996||Trainspotting||Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson|
|Dead Man's Walk||Woodrow F. Call|
|Regeneration||2nd Lt. Billy Prior|
|1999||Plunkett & Macleane||Macleane|
|Mansfield Park||Edmund Bertram|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Jonny|
|Dracula 2000||Simon Sheppard|
|2002||The Escapist||Denis Hopkins|
|Melinda and Melinda||Lee|
|2005||Æon Flux||Oren Goodchild|
|2006||The Flying Scotsman||Graeme Obree|
|2012||Dark Shadows||Roger Collins|
|2017||T2 Trainspotting||Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson|
|2023||Guy Ritchie's The Covenant||Colonel Vokes|
|1982||Doctor Who||Kinda child (uncredited)||Episode: "Kinda: Part One"|
|1983||Jemima Shore Investigates||Boy with dog||Episode: "A Little Bit of Wildlife"|
|Mansfield Park||Charles Price||2 episodes|
|1990||Keeping Up Appearances||Youth||Episode: "Daisy's Toyboy"|
|1991||4 Play||Dennis Turnbull||Episode: "Itch"|
|The Bill||Simon Cooper||Episode: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"|
|Inspector Morse||Student||Episode: "Greeks Bearing Gifts"|
|Minder||Auctioneer's assistant||Episode: "Three Cons Make a Mountain"|
|1992||EastEnders||Jonathan Hewitt||6 episodes|
|Between the Lines||David Ringwood||Episode: "The Only Good Copper"|
|Casualty||Matt||Episode: "Tender Loving Care"|
|Second Thoughts||Chas||Episode: "Short Change"|
|Goodbye Cruel World||Mark||Miniseries|
|1993||Prime Suspect 3||Anthony Field||Episode: "Part II"|
|The Bill||Lee Gibson||Episode: "Mighty Atoms"|
|1994||Cadfael||Edwin Gurney||Episode: "Monk's Hood"|
|1996||Dead Man's Walk||Woodrow Call||3 episodes|
|1999||Operation Good Guys||Himself||Episode: "Stardust"|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Arty||Episode: "The Pardoner's Tale"|
|2008–2009||Eli Stone||Eli Stone||26 episodes|
|2009||Emma||Mr. Knightley||4 episodes|
|2010||Dexter||Jordan Chase||6 episodes|
|2012–2019||Elementary||Sherlock Holmes||Main role, also director of 3 episodes|
|2022||The Crown||John Major||Main role (season 5)|
|1993||Beautiful Thing||Ste||Bush Theatre|
|1999||Four Knights in Knaresborough||Brito||Tricycle Theatre|
|2005||Someone Who'll Watch Over Me||Adam||Ambassadors Theatre|
|2009||After Miss Julie||John||American Airlines Theatre|
|Royal National Theatre|
|2019||Ink||Larry Lamb||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2023||A Mirror||Čelik||Almeida Theatre|
|2024||A Mirror||Čelik||Trafalgar Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2007||BAFTA Award||Best Actor in a Scottish Film||The Flying Scotsman||Nominated|
|London Film Critics Circle Award||Best British Actor of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Eli Stone||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Dexter||Nominated|
|2012||Olivier Award||Best Actor in a Play||Frankenstein||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Elementary||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor – Action||Nominated|
|1 Win, 0 Losses, 0 Draw, 1 KO, 1 NC|
|2019-02-01||Win||Robert Bermudez||Friday Night Fights||Broad Street Ballroom, New York City, NY||KO (Punches)||3|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- List of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes
- List of British actors
- List of people from Kingston upon Thames
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