Jared Francis Harris is an English actor. His roles include Lane Pryce in the television drama series Mad Men for which he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, David Robert Jones in the science fiction series Fringe, King George VI in the historical series The Crown, Anderson Dawes on the science fiction series The Expanse, Captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror, and Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl for which he was nominated for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He has also had significant supporting roles in films such as Mr. Deeds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, , Lincoln, and Allied.
Early lifeHarris was born in Hammersmith, London, one of three sons of the Irish actor Richard Harris and his first wife, Welsh actress Elizabeth Rees-Williams. His younger brother is actor Jamie Harris, his older brother is director Damian Harris, and his maternal grandfather was politician David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore.
EducationHarris was educated at Ladycross School, a former preparatory boarding independent school in the coastal town of Seaford in East Sussex, as were his brothers Jamie and Damian. He says, "They were famous for discipline, with cold showers every morning", and that "You were never known by your first name there. You were either called by your number, or your last name. Since there were three of us, Damian was 'Harris Ma' for major. I was 'Harris Mi' for minor, and Jamie was 'Harris Minimus,' being the youngest and the smallest". He then went to Downside School, a Catholic boarding independent school in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset, in South West England. He went on to Duke University in the U.S., graduating in 1984 with an MFA in drama, then returned to England to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1989.
CareerHarris began his film career directing Darkmoor, an unfinished feature-length film for Duke University's Freewater Films. His first film appearance as an actor was in The Rachel Papers. He played the role of the aged Will Robinson in the movie adaptation of the television series Lost in Space. Harris played Dr. Charles Ashford in , Benmont Tench in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and Kenneth Branagh's character's doppelgänger in How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog.
Other notable roles include King Henry VIII in the 2003 film adaptation of the novel The Other Boleyn Girl. He also portrayed Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol and John Lennon in the television movie Two of Us. He played Vladimir in the black comedy drama film Happiness, written and directed by Todd Solondz. He played the gruff Captain Anderson in the BBC2 adaptation of To the Ends of the Earth; Mac McGrath in the movie Mr. Deeds; Eamon Quinn on the FX series The Riches; and David Robert Jones on Fringe. One of his more recent film roles was Ulysses S. Grant in the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln. He played Lane Pryce in Mad Men from 2009 until 2012 and returned to the series to direct the 11th episode of season 7, which aired in 2015. He also portrayed King George VI in the first season of The Crown. He played Captain Francis Crozier in the 2018 series The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons novel of the same name that provided a fictional account of the fate of Franklin's lost expedition. In November 2018, Harris was one of the first recipients of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Louie Kamookak Medal, awarded "for making Canada's geography better known to Canadians and to the world", for his portrayal of Captain Crozier. Harris said that he was "gratified" that the series inspired curiosity about the real expedition, remarking, "It’s sort of fitting that history will recall that it was the RCGS that first recognized The Terror, and that we as the recipients walked in the footsteps of Louie Kamookak."
In March 2019, Harris joined Jared Leto in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Morbius. He will play the developer of psychohistory "Hari Seldon" in the upcoming Foundation television series produced for Apple TV+.
Personal lifeHarris married Jacqueline Goldenberg in 1989; they divorced in the early 1990s. On 16 July 2005, Harris married actress Emilia Fox, the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, and filed for divorce in January 2009; the divorce was finalised in June 2010.
In 2009, Harris met Allegra Riggio, a lighting designer and TV host; at a comedy club where a mutual friend was performing. They married on 9 November 2013. Harris resides in Los Angeles.
|1995||New York Undercover||Seth Baines||Episode: "The Highest Bidder"|
|2000||Two of Us||John Lennon||Television movie|
|2003||Without a Trace||Father Walker||2 episodes|
|2003||The Other Boleyn Girl||King Henry VIII||Television movie|
|2005||To the Ends of the Earth||Captain Anderson||3 episodes|
|2006||Coup!||Simon Mann||Television movie|
|2007||'||Robert Morten||Episode: "Svengali"|
|2007||The Shadow in the North||Axel Bellmann||Television movie|
|2008||The Riches||Eamon Quinn||5 episodes|
|2008–2012||Fringe||Dr. David Robert Jones||9 episodes|
|2009–2012||Mad Men||Lane Pryce||26 episodes |
Directed episode "Time & Life"
|2013||Axe Cop||King of England||Voice|
Episode: "An American Story"
|2015–2017||The Expanse||Anderson Dawes||7 episodes|
|2016||Robot Chicken||James Bond Villain||Voice|
Episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"
|2016–2017||The Crown||King George VI||6 episodes|
|2018||The Terror||Francis Crozier||10 episodes|
|2019||Chernobyl||Valery Legasov||5 episodes|
|2019||Carnival Row||8 episodes|
|1991||Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2||Henry "Hotspur" Percy||The Public Theater|
|1992||Tis Pity She's a Whore||Soranzo||The Public Theater|
|1995||Ecstasy||Len||John Houseman Theater|
|1996||King Lear||Edmund||The Public Theater|
|2001||More Lies About Jerzy||Jerzy Kosiński||Vineyard Theatre|
|2001||Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey|
|2003||Humble Boy||Felix Humble||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2005||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Vicomte de Valmont||Playhouse Theatre, London|
|2006||Period of Adjustment''||Ralph Bates||Almeida Theatre|