1. In 1990, Irons played accused murderer Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune, and took home multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor.
2. Irons has also made several notable appearances on TV. He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for his breakout role in the ITV series Brideshead Revisited .
3. In 2005, Irons starred opposite Helen Mirren in the historical miniseries Elizabeth I, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
4. From 2011 to 2013 he starred as Pope Alexander VI in the Showtime historical series The Borgias.
5. He is one of the few actors who won the “Triple Crown of Acting”, winning an Academy Award .
6. In October 2011, he was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
7. Irons was educated at the independent Sherborne School in Dorset from circa 1962 to 1966.
8. He was the drummer and harmonica player in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom.
9. Irons trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and later became president of its fundraising appeal.
10. First broadcast on ITV, the show ranks among the greatest British television dramas, with Irons receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Brideshead reunited him with Anthony Andrews, with whom he had appeared in The Pallisers seven years earlier.
11. On 12 January 2011, Irons was a guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called “Mask”.