Max Irons

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Max Irons
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Irons in December 2014
Born Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons
(1985-10-17) 17 October 1985 (age 31)
Camden, London, England
Citizenship British
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2004–present
Parent(s) Jeremy Irons
Sinéad Cusack

Maximilian Paul Diarmuid "Max" Irons (born 17 October 1985)[1][2] is an English-Irish actor and model.[3] He is known for his roles in Red Riding Hood (2011), The White Queen (2013), The Host (2013), and The Riot Club (2014).[4]

Early life[edit]

Irons was born in Camden, London,[5] the son of English actor Jeremy Irons and Irish actress Sinéad Cusack.[6] He is a grandson of actors Cyril Cusack and Maureen Cusack,[7][8] his brother is photographer Samuel Irons. Through his mother, his half-brother is politician Richard Boyd Barrett; his aunts are actresses Niamh Cusack and Sorcha Cusack, and his uncle is theatre producer Pádraig Cusack.

Irons attended the Dragon School in Oxford, Oxfordshire,[9] then Bryanston School in Dorset (from which he was expelled shortly after receiving the under 14 high jump silver medal),[10] and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008.[11] Irons suffered from dyslexia through his school years and his father discouraged him from going into an acting career.[12] While first starting off in acting, Irons worked as a barman.[13]



In 2011, Irons played Henry in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood,[6] he was chosen to play Jared Howe in the 2013 film adaptation of The Host, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name.[14] In the 2013 television series The White Queen, Irons took the leading role of Edward IV of England,[15] the series, based on Philippa Gregory's bestselling historical novel series The Cousins' War, was broadcast weekly on BBC One, ending on 18 August 2013.[16] Irons appeared in 2014 film The Riot Club, the film adaptation of Posh;[17] in 2016, he starred in the ITV miniseries Tutankhamun as Howard Carter. In April 2017 producers announced Irons had been cast to play the role created by Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor in a television series based on the movie.[18]


Irons has modelled for companies including Burberry and Mango,[19] as of 2012, he was on a modelling contract for Macy's I.N.C. collection for Fall/Winter 2012 as reported on 15 August 2012 by The Huffington Post.[20] In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men.[21]


Year Title Role
2004 Being Julia Curtain Call Boy
2009 Unrequited Love Tom
2009 Dorian Gray Lucius
2011 Red Riding Hood Henry
2011 The Runaway Tommy
2013 The Host Jared Howe
2013 The White Queen Edward IV
2014 The Riot Club Miles Richards
2015 Woman in Gold Fredrick "Fritz" Altmann
2016 Tutankhamun Howard Carter
2017 Bitter Harvest Yuri
2017 The Wife David Castleman
2017 Crooked House Charles Hayward[22]
2017 Terminal


  1. ^ "Jeremy Irons Biography (1948–)". Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Celebrity A-Z: Max Irons". Glamour. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Questions and Answers With 'The Host' Star Max Irons". Next Movie. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Godwin, Richard (11 March 2011). "Irons man two: Max Irons on his new life as a Hollywood heart-throb". London Evening Standard. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at
  6. ^ a b Nicole Berrie (9 February 2011). "Max Factor: Max Irons". Elle. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Max Irons". Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Lipworth, Elaine (14 May 2005). "King of all his castles". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2010. ...their sons Sam, 27, and Max, 19. 
  9. ^ "OD News". The OD. 1. Dragon School. 2011. p. 22. 
  10. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (16 June 2013). "Max Irons: 'Work with my father? That's worst my nightmare'". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Maximilian Irons". Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Irons 'scared' about sex scenes". MSN. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Max Irons is Hollywood royalty". USA Weekend. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Sophie Schillaci (26 March 2013). "'The Host' Director Andrew Niccol Recalls the Moment Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons Became Melanie and Jared". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Chris Harvey (16 June 2013). "Max Irons on The White Queen and why he couldn't do another Hollywood teen flick". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Rhonda Richford (11 April 2013). "MIPTV: 'The White Queen' Star Max Irons Talks Power, Moats and Meeting Prince William". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Max Irons shooting new film Posh in Oxford". Radio Times. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Kate Stanhope (2017-04-03). "Mira Sorvino to Star in Audience Network's 'Three Days of the Condor' Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-02. Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Sorvino will play Marty Frost, an investigator who has come out of retirement to take over after an attack at Turner’s office. 
  19. ^ "The People Who Really Matter". Tatler. 
  20. ^ Daniel Garofali, Huffington Post. Interview With 'The Host' Actor, Max Irons Launching INC by Macy's (VIDEO), by Daniel Garofali. Posted: 08/15/2012.
  21. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 Jan 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-01-07. 
  22. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 13, 2016). "Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway". Screen Daily. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 

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