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Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 05 Feb 2006

Stage and screen actor

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actor Jeremy Irons.

He made his name playing Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and became known for his quintessentially English roles. It was an image he later sought to discard and he certainly did so in the film Lolita, where his portrayal of Humbert Humbert reopened the controversy about the desires of a middle-aged man for a 14-year old girl. In the film The Mission he played a gentle Jesuit missionary and went on to act as his own stuntman, climbing a perilous waterfall. It was his performance in Reversal of Fortune that won him an Oscar for Best Actor as the real-life character Claus Von Bulow, accused and acquitted of the attempted murder of his wife. Later this month, he returns to the West End stage after almost 20 years to star in the play Embers, a story of friendship and betrayal.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Clifton Chenier

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Castaway's favourite

Clifton Chenier

One step at a Time

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Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

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Book

Ashley Books of Knots by Clifford Ashley

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Luxury item

Rizla liquorice papers

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 02 Nov 1986

Brideshead Revisited actor

Jeremy Irons first achieved international recognition as an actor for his performance in Brideshead Revisited on television. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his childhood on the Isle of Wight, his London debut in Godspell, his appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his films, which include The French Lieutenant's Woman, Swann In Love and The Mission.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

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Theatre Workshop Cast

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Theatre Workshop Cast

They Didn't Believe Me

Schwartz

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Schwartz

All For The Best

Artist: David Essex, Jeremy Irons et al

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Mark Knopfler

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Castaway's favourite

Mark Knopfler

Irish Boy

Artist: Paul Brady, Liam O'Flynn et al

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London Voices

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London Voices

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

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Hess/Brown

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Hess/Brown

Demewer But Dangerous

Soloist: Sinead Cusack

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Construction manual by

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Camera and film

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