Jeremy Irvine was born in 1990 in England and the leading role of Albert Naraccott in War Horse is his debut role that skyrocketed him to fame.
Irvine was raised in Cambridgeshire by his parents: his mom is a local politician while his dad is an engineer. Irvine has stated several times that his parents are the ones who have real jobs, while he’s out there playing ‘make-believe and dressing up for a living’ even though he does that pretty well. He’s been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1 since early childhood and struggled to fit in, which led him to start acting at the age of 16.
However, fame didn’t come easy for Irvine; after completing a course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he’s spent two whole years sending out his resume, without much success! The actor recalls that period of his life as rock bottom, admitting that he’s been thinking about giving up and finding another career path.
Later on, when he’s been given the role in War Horse, he took matters seriously: he started weight training and gained 14 lbs. of muscle while also going through intensive horse riding lessons. Nowadays, Irvine has earned the reputation of a method actor, after managing to successfully transform his looks again for the movie The Railway Man, a role for which he lost two stones!
Ever since, he’s starred in the very successful Great Expectations, as well as other big hits, such as A Night in Old Mexico, Beyond the Reach, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. So far, he’s received two nominations for his role in War Horse.