Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted him at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition.His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994).For yourself, you're always going to be unsatisfied, but if somebody comes up to me and says, 'That was a brilliant part, and I really, really got it'. He is known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match Point (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors (2007–10).After demonstrating erratic, abusive behavior at the Dublin, Ireland, airport, the actor was arrested and released shortly thereafter.Meyers’s lawyer apologized on behalf of the star less than a month later for his “unacceptable and out of character” actions, which were later determined to be alcohol-related.
Expelled from high school at 16 for truancy, the actor lost his mom to illness in 2007 when she was only 50.Jonathan has been known for his battle with alcohol abuse, having checked into rehab three times between 20 - and even reported to be banned for life from flying on United Airlines due to 'belligerent' and 'disruptive' behaviour involving alcohol.According to the Hollywood Reporter, when the Irish actor took on the titular role in their Dracula series it was specified that he must finish filming the ten episode run before receiving his full salary.The fact that Rhys Meyers was trying to send away the ambulance suggests he didn’t recognize the seriousness of the problem and that he was still hoping to conceal it.
If on reflection he decides to re-engage in treatment, his prognosis could be very good.
The 40-year-old actor rarely makes public appearances and this is the first time that he and his wife have posed on the red carpet with their son!