David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972 in Lewisham, South London), known professionally as Jude Law, is an English actor, film producer and director. He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989.
After starring in Andrew Niccol's science fiction film Gattaca and Clint Eastwood's crime drama Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (both 1997), and David Cronenberg's science fiction body horror film eXistenZ (1999), he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella's psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley.
In 2000, he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, the epic war drama film Cold Mountain. He is also known for his role as Dr. John Watson in the 2009 action mystery films Sherlock Holmes and its 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2006, he was ranked as one of the top ten most bankable film stars in Hollywood.
In 2007, he received an Honorary César and was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He was a member of the main competition jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Law met actress Sadie Frost while working on the film Shopping. They married on 2 September 1997 and divorced on 29 October 2003. He has three children with Frost: son Rafferty (born 1996), daughter Iris (born 2000), and son Rudy (born 2002).
While making the film Alfie in late 2003, Law and co-star Sienna Miller began a relationship, becoming engaged on Christmas Day 2004. On 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. It was also reported at the time that Miller had been having an affair with Daniel Craig.
Miller and Law separated in November 2006. On 29 July 2009, it was announced that Law would become a father for the fourth time following a brief relationship with American model Samantha Burke in 2008. Burke gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, in September 2009 in New York.
In December 2009, it was reported that Law and Miller had rekindled their relationship after starring in separate shows on Broadway in late 2009. They spent Christmas 2009 in Barbados, along with three of Law's children.
They announced they had split again in February 2011. In October 2014, Law announced that he is expecting a fifth child in spring 2015. The mother is Catherine Harding, with whom Law is "no longer in a relationship".
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