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Across The Pond: Max Irons

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Rebecca Mattina

As an admirer of British pop culture, ANDPOP’s Rebecca Mattina jumped at the opportunity to live in the United Kingdom for five months. While there, she’ll be writing about all the amazing things we’re missing out on from across the pond.

Max Irons has never let obstacles get in the way of his acting dreams.

Growing up with dyslexia, Max struggled with scripts and auditions, and his father, actor Jeremy Irons, tried to dissuade the burgeoning actor from pursuing a career. Alas, he realized early on he would just have to work harder than everyone else to memorize and deliver his lines. Now we have a rising 28-year-old star who is both humble and confident, charming as can be, and extremely talented.

While he hasn’t been on our radar for very long, Max is no stranger to the stage and screen. He enrolled in The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and acted in numerous stage productions, working as a waiter on the side to in order to pay for his education.

Thanks to his pouty lips and razor sharp cheekbones, it wasn’t long before Max dove into the modelling world. He became the face of British label Burberry after he was discovered at work by renowned photographer and frequent Vogue contributor Mario Testino. He was then recruited by Spanish retailer Mango to star in an ad campaigned and even partnered with Macy’s for their fall/winter 2012 collection.

Warning: this video is very, very hot.

Max landed his first major role in 2011 as Henry in the film Red Riding Hood opposite Les Misérables’ Amanda Seyfried. He then scored the lead role in the film adaptation of author Stephanie Meyer’s book, The Host, the follow-up to the mega-popular Twilight series. We couldn’t keep our eyes off of him when he played King Edward IV in the BBC television mini-series The White Queen.

This year, he stars alongside the equally charming and talented Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin in the British drama/thriller The Riot Club. While it doesn’t have a North American release date as of yet, we’re still hoping that changes very soon.

And make sure to look out for Max next year alongside Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, and Helen Mirren in the drama Woman in Gold.

While he might be surrounded by fame and fortune, Max isn’t the typical young actor. He stays far away from the Los Angeles scene and doesn’t consider himself a heartthrob (although we may have to disagree with you on that one, Max). He admires and plans to follow in the footsteps of acting legends like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. I think we can expect big things from the talented rising-star.

The Essentials

Max Irons

Name: Max Irons

Origins: London, England

Used in a sentence: The stunning British actor is proving himself to be one of the most talented young performers we’ve seen in a long time.

File next to: Tom Hiddleston, Daniel Radcliffe

Watch Now: The White Queen

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