British actor Jeremy Irons is to serve as president of the international jury at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1).
The Oscar-winning screen and theatre actor has appeared in more than 50 features, including David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, David Lynch’s Inland Empire and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven. He also provided the voice of Scar in Disney classic The Lion King.
Irons first attended the Berlinale as a guest of the festival in 2011 with J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, which played in competition. He returned in 2013 with Bille August’s Night Train To Lisbon, which played out of competition.
His more recent roles have included playing Alfred in superhero blockbuster Justice League and Ozymandias in the HBO series Watchmen.
He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actor in 1991 for his performance in Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal Of Fortune, and won a second Globe in 2007 for his role in mini-series Elizabeth I. He also received an Honorary César Award in 2002.
His upcoming features include roles in Dennis Dugan romantic comedy Love, Weddings & Other Disasters, and Ron Scalpello’s racehorse drama Frankel.
Last year’s Berlin jury was led by French actress Juliette Binoche – they awarded the Golden Bear to Nadiv Lapid’s Synonymes.