Jonathan Pryce biography

Jonathan Pryce

Date of Birth: June 1, 1947

Jonathan Price was born in Holywell, in North Wales. Before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts, he studied art. After completing his education at the Royal, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Playhouse. A year later, he returned as the Artistic Director.

By the mid-1970s Pryce was becoming a fixture on the London stage with appearances in The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure, Hamlet and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Having won the coveted Tony award for his work in his Broadway debut, Comedians, he garnered a second one 15 years later in the musical Miss Saigon, playing the Eurasian Engineer.

From the mid '70s to the mid '80s, Pryce started making his mark on television in telefilms like Daft As a Brush, The Day Christ Died, and Murder Is Easy. His feature film debut was in Voyage of the Damned in 1976. But it wasn't until 1983 that he made a big impression as a manipulative journalist in The Ploughman's Lunch and later as the hapless clerk at the center of the dystopian epic Brazil (1985).

During the remainder of the '80s, Pryce appeared in some negligible comedies like Haunted Honeymoon, Jumpin' Jack Flash (both 1986) and Consuming Passions (1988). In addition to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, he appeared in The Rachel Papers (both 1989) playing Norman. The best showcases for his talent were the 1985 historical thriller The Doctor and the Devils, the dramatic ensemble piece Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), his subtle, nuanced portrayal of British author Lytton Strachey in Carrington (1995), his Juan Peron to Madonna's Evita (1996), the headline-crazed villain, Elliot Carver in the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Never fully letting go of his stage roots, Pryce has returned a number of times performing in musicals like Oliver and My Fair Lady. He also returned to television for mini-series like Victoria & Albert, telefilms like David and commercial work for Infiniti automobiles.

Pryce reprised his role as Governor Weatherby Swann for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). He also plays the U.S. President in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and he'll be reprising his role for the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012). Another one of Pryce's recent films is Hysteria (2012), in which he plays a doctor working on the invention of the vibrator.

Married to actress Kate Fahy since 1974, the couple share two sons, Patrick and Gabriel, and a daughter, Phoebe, and live in London, England.


Woman in Gold(2015)
Wartime Wanderers (2012)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation(2012)
City State (2011)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra(2009)
Echelon Conspiracy(2009)
Bedtime Stories(2008)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End(2007)
The Moon and the Stars (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(2007)
Renaissance (2006) (voice)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(2006)
The Moon and the Stars (2006)
Living Neon Dreams (2005)
The Brothers Grimm(2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003)
What a Girl Wants(2003)
Who Shot Victor Fox (2002)
The Affair Of The Necklace(2001)
Bride Of The Wind(2001)
Il Gioco (2001)
The Suicide Club (2000)
Very Annie Mary (2000)
The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (2000)
Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1999) (V)
Titanic: Answers from the Abyss (1999) (voice)
Commedia (1999)
Hey Mr. Producer (1998) (V)
Tomorrow Never Dies(1997)
Regeneration (1997)
Evita (1996)
A Business Affair (1994)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Deadly Advice (1993)
A Troll in Central Park (1993) (voice)
The Child's Garden of Verses (1992)
Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) (voice)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Heat Is On (1989) (V)
The Rachel Papers (1989)
Consuming Passions (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen(1988)
Man on Fire(1987)
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
The Doctor and the Devils (1985)
The Ploughman's Lunch(1983)
Something Wicked This Way Comes(1983)
Breaking Glass (1980)
Loophole (1980)
Voyage of the Damned (1976)

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