Jared Harris

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 life

Harris 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.


Harris 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.


Harris 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 life

Harris 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.


1995New York UndercoverSeth BainesEpisode: "The Highest Bidder"
2000Two of UsJohn LennonTelevision movie
2003Without a TraceFather Walker2 episodes
2003The Other Boleyn GirlKing Henry VIIITelevision movie
2005To the Ends of the EarthCaptain Anderson3 episodes
2006Coup!Simon MannTelevision movie
2007'Robert MortenEpisode: "Svengali"
2007The Shadow in the NorthAxel BellmannTelevision movie
2008The RichesEamon Quinn5 episodes
2008–2012FringeDr. David Robert Jones9 episodes
2009–2012Mad MenLane Pryce26 episodes
Directed episode "Time & Life"
2013Axe CopKing of EnglandVoice
Episode: "An American Story"
2015–2017The ExpanseAnderson Dawes7 episodes
2016Robot ChickenJames Bond VillainVoice
Episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"
2016–2017The CrownKing George VI6 episodes
2018The TerrorFrancis Crozier10 episodes
2018Animals.Mr. BudmeiznerVoice
Episode: "Horses"
2019ChernobylValery Legasov5 episodes
2019Carnival Row8 episodes
2021FoundationHari Seldon

1991Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2Henry "Hotspur" PercyThe Public Theater
1992Tis Pity She's a WhoreSoranzoThe Public Theater
1995EcstasyLenJohn Houseman Theater
1996King LearEdmundThe Public Theater
2001More Lies About JerzyJerzy KosińskiVineyard Theatre
2001HamletPrince HamletShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
2003Humble BoyFelix HumbleManhattan Theatre Club
2005Les Liaisons DangereusesVicomte de ValmontPlayhouse Theatre, London
2006Period of Adjustment''Ralph BatesAlmeida Theatre

Awards and nominations


On October 18, 2019, Harris received the Cinema Vanguard award at the San Diego International Film Festival. Previous winners include Topher Grace, Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody.