Jared Harris

Last updated on the 9 July 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 24 August 1961, Hammersmith, London, England. 

Jared Harris is a British actor who has appeared in various TV shows and films, such as Mad Men, The Crown, Chernobyl, and Foundation. He was born in London, the son of Irish actor Richard Harris and Welsh actress Elizabeth Rees-Williams. He has two brothers, Damian and Jamie, who are also in the entertainment industry.

Chernobyl - Jared Harris
Chernobyl – Jared Harris

ared Harris attended Ladycross School and Downside School in England, before moving to the U.S. to study drama at Duke University. He graduated in 1984 and returned to England to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He made his film debut in 1989 with The Rachel Papers, and went on to direct and star in Darkmoor, an unfinished project.

Jared Harris gained recognition for his roles as Lane Pryce in Mad Men, King George VI in The Crown, and Valery Legasov in Chernobyl. He received Emmy nominations for the latter two, and won a BAFTA TV Award for Chernobyl. He also played David Robert Jones in Fringe, Anderson Dawes in The Expanse, and Captain Francis Crozier in The Terror. In 2021, he starred as Hari Seldon in Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s novels.

Jared Harris has been married three times. His first wife was Jacqueline Goldenberg, whom he divorced in 1992. His second wife was actress Emilia Fox, whom he married in 2005 and divorced in 2010. His current wife is lighting designer Allegra Riggio, whom he married in 2013. He has no children. He is a fan of Arsenal F.C. and enjoys playing chess and golf. He holds both British and American citizenship.


BAFTA award


WINNER | Television: Leading Actor for Chernobyl (2020)


Suggested viewing
Chernobyl (2019)

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 9.4

In April 1986, a catastrophic nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine unleashed a radioactive cloud over Europe, exposing millions to deadly radiation. Amidst the chaos and political cover-ups, a group of courageous men and women risked their lives to contain the disaster and prevent an even greater catastrophe. Their sacrifices revealed the true cost of lies and the importance of facing the truth, even in the face of immense danger.

Top cast: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagaitis, Con O’Neill.



The Crown (2016)

The Crown - Jared Harris - poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

In the aftermath of her father’s untimely death, Elizabeth II ascends to the throne, tasked with navigating the complexities of royal life while balancing her personal desires with her public responsibilities. As she grapples with the weight of the crown, she faces the challenges of a changing world, the scrutiny of the press, and the pressures of maintaining the monarchy’s relevance in an era of political and social upheaval. Amidst political rivalries, personal scandals, and moments of triumph and tragedy, Elizabeth’s reign unfolds, shaping the course of British history and leaving an indelible mark on the world stage.

Top cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Victoria Hamilton, Eileen Atkins, Harriet Walter, John Lithgow, Jeremy Northam, John Lithgow, Jared Harris (S1-2).


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