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Jonathan Price


Jonathan Price is a Welsh Movie Actor. Jonathan Price is popular for appearing in the high-budget film, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the independent film, “Glengarry Glen Ross”. But, his breakthrough film role came in 1983’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.

Early Life

Jonathan Price was born on June 1, 1947, in Carmel, Flintshire, Wales. He is 76 years old and is under the astrological sign, Gemini. He holds Welsh nationality and is popular as Sir Jonathan Pryce CBE and his birthname is John Price.

His father’s name is Isaac Price and his mother’s name is Margaret Ellen. His father is a former coal miner who ran a small general grocery shop along with his mother. He also has two older sisters but their names are unknown at the moment. They all were raised as Welsh Presbyterians.

Jonathan Price – Education

Regarding Price’s educational background and qualifications, he attended Holywell Grammar School. Then, when he was 16 years old, he went to art college before he began training to be a teacher at Edge Hill College (now Edge Hill University) in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

During his studying time, he also went on to take part in a college theatre production and applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Subsequently, he was able to receive a scholarship to RADA, graduating in 1971, with Acting (RADA Diploma).

Moreover, Price went on to join Equity, and took “Jonathan Pryce” as his stage name because his birth name was too similar to that of a performer already represented by Equity. Also, while at RADA, he worked as a door-to-door salesman of velvet paintings.

Also, in the year 2006, he went on to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool. He is also a fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

On top of that, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours. In the year 2021, he was knighted in the Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

Career and Professional Life

Jonathan Price went on to join the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool after finding RADA a bit strict and being told he could only play villains on Z-Cars. Later on, he was able to become its artistic director as well. He even performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Nottingham Playhouse.

Price was able to make his first screen appearance in a minor role in “Fire & Brimstone” on Doomwatch to get his Equity card. He then went on to star in two TV films: Daft as a Brush and Playthings.

And, after leaving Everyman, he was able to join Sir Richard Eyre at the Nottingham Playhouse and star in Trevor Griffiths’ play “Comedians”. Then, in the year 1976, he took the role to Broadway and was able to win a Tony Award for it. He even was able to make his film debut in “Voyage of the Damned”.

Likewise, in the year 1980, Price’s portrayal of Hamlet at the Royal Court Theatre was able to earn him an Olivier Award, and hailed as the definitive Hamlet of his generation. In that same year, he also had a significant role as Zarniwoop in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series. He even went on to appear in the film Breaking Glass and Something Wicked This Way Comes in 1983.

More About Career

Jonathan’s breakthrough was with his role as Sam Lowry in the film “Brazil”. He then appeared in “The Doctor and the Devils” and “Haunted Honeymoon”. Also, on stage, he was able to gain recognition as “Trigorin in The Seagull” and play the lead in “Macbeth”. He went on to star in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Uncle Vanya. He was able to make a successful return to the stage in Miss Saigon and win awards in England.

However, there was controversy when the production transferred to Broadway due to his portrayal of a Eurasian character. After negotiations and support from fellow actors, Jonathan was allowed to perform and win a Tony Award. This controversy inspired playwright David Henry Hwang’s plays Face Value and Yellow Face.

Moreover, Price was able to appear in “Selling Hitler” and had a special performance in the musical “Nine”. He also starred in “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins” and “Barbarians at the Gate”. This even helped him earn Emmy as well as Golden Globe nominations. He became the spokesperson for “Infiniti cars” and starred in “Oliver!” and “Carrington” as well.

Also, in the early 2000s, he was able to star in movies such as The Affair of the Necklace and Unconditional Love. However, it was his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in the 2001 London production of “My Fair Lady” that stood out. The production even was able to receive several Olivier Award nominations, although Price didn’t win.

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Caption: Jonathan Price acting in the series (Source: Blood of My Blood)

During 2000s

Price went on to take on a non-musical stage role in a play, “A Reckoning” in April 2003. Around the same time, he also was able to appear in the action-adventure film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” as Governor Weatherby Swann. He later went on to reprise the role in the sequels.

And, after Pirates, he was able to appear in some awesome movies such as What a Girl Wants, De-Lovely, The Brothers Grimm, and The Goat or Who is Sylvia? Also, he lent his voice to the French animated film “Renaissance” and even got to be the lead in the BBC serial “Sherlock Holmes” and the “Baker Street Irregulars”.

John Price was able to join “Game of Thrones” in Season 5 as the High Sparrow and even admitted that he initially had doubts about “sword and sorcery” shows. He appeared at The Globe Theatre in The Merchant of Venice alongside his real-life daughter Phoebe. And in the year 2018, he went on to portray Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”.

Furthermore, Jonathan Price was able to star in “The Height of the Storm” in the year 2018. In the acclaimed film The Two Popes, he went on to portray Pope Francis alongside Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI. Their performances received critical acclaim, with John even earning his first-ever Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. And now, he’s set to portray Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the final two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown.

Relationship Status

Jonathan Price met actress Kate Fahy while working at the Everyman Theatre in the year 1972. They began to know each other and started dating. And, after a decades-long relationship, they tied the knot in the year 2015.

The pau now lives in London. They also have three children together and their names are Patrick, Gabriel, and Phoebe.

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Caption: Jonathan Price with his wife, Kate Fahy (Source: Daily Mail)

Body Measurements

Jonathan Price has a height of 5 feet 11 inches and his weight is 78 Kg but all of his other body measurements are still under review. Moreover, Price has green eyes and white hair as he is getting old.

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Caption: Jonathan Price posing for a picture (Source: Daily Mail)

Social Media

Jonathan Price doesn’t seem to be active on any social media platforms. He might have wanted to stay away from the social world and be with their family. Also, he is a little old so, he might not know much about social media. But there could also be a chance that he has kept his accounts private.

Jonathan Price – Net Worth 2024

As per celebritynetworth, Jonathan Price has a net worth of $16 million and his main income source seems to be his career as an actor.