ANONYMOUS Character Card #1- Rhys Ifans/Jamie Campbell Bower as Edward de Vere
Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was a soldier, scholar, venture capitalist, world traveler, playwright, poet, patron of the arts, and champion jouster - in short, he was a true Renaissance man. Many believe that he is the true author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare.
• As a young man, to young Queen Elizabeth: Oxford was wildly popular at court - he and the Queen shared a love for dancing, literature, and theater. Court gossip sometimes implied that they were more than friends.
• As an older man to older Queen Elizabeth: After an affair with her majesty's Lady of the Bedchamber, Oxford was banished from court. Desperate to regain the favor of the Queen and to repay his mounting debts, Oxford took measures unheard of for a nobleman.
• To the Earl of Southampton: The Earls of Oxford and Southampton shared a love for the arts and theater. Both men had lost their fathers at a relatively young age, giving them another shared bond. But some historians are convinced that the two share an even deep connection.
• To William Shakespeare: If Shakespeare is not the author of the plays, who is it? Many believe that Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford is the best candidate.
Rhys Ifans (Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford) is one of Britain's finest contemporary actors. He was born and raised in Wales, attending youth acting schools at Theatre Clwyd, Mold, and appeared in many Welsh language television programs before embarking on his film career.
His breakout performance came in 1999 in Roger Michell's Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Charles McDougall's Heart, Kevin Allen's Twin Town (along side his brother Llyr Evans), Anthony Hopkins' August and Karl Francis' Streetlife.
Since 1999, Ifans has appeared in more than 20 films, including Andy Hurst's You're Dead; Clare Kilner's Janice Beard 45wpm; Edward Thomas' Rancid Aluminium; Dominic Anciano's Love, Honour and Obey; Ed Bye's Kevin and Perry Go Large; Howard Deutch's The Replacements; Steven Brill's Little Nicky; Michel Gondry's Human Nature; Ronny Yu's Formula 51; Mike Figgis' Hotel; Lasse Hallström's The Shipping News; and Shane Meadows' Once Upon A Time in the Midlands.
More recently, Ifans starred in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, with Ben Stiller; Gregor Jordan's Informers; Jaco van Dormael's Mr. Nobody; Jeff Balsmeyer's Danny Deckchair; Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Peter Webber's Hannibal Rising; Francesca Joseph's Four Last Songs; Martha Fiennes' Chromophobia; Roger Michell's Enduring Love, which earned him a nomination for Best British Actor Award by Empire magazine; and Mira Nair's Vanity Fair.
On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's "Not Only But Always," for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor. He also appeared in "Shakespeare Shorts"; "Trial and Retribution"; "The Two Franks"; "Judas and the Gimp"; "Night Shift"; "Spatz"; "Burning Love"; and "Review." In 2005, Ifans made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in the video for their single "The Importance of Being Idle," for which he accepted their award for Video of the Year at the 2005/6 NME Awards. He also starred in James MacDonald's "A Number."
In the theater, he has appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Robert Delamere's "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," Patrick Marber's "Don Juan in Soho," and Michael Sheen's "Bad Finger"; at The National Theatre in Matthew Warchus' "Volpone" and Roger Michell's "Under Milk Wood"; at the Duke of York Theatre in Hettie Macdonald's "Beautiful Thing"; at The Royal Court Theatre in James MacDonald's "Thyesters"; and at the Royal Exchange in Braham Murray's "Smoke" and Ronald Harwood's "Poison Pen."
Ifans has recently been seen as DJ Gavin in the film Pirate Radio, a comedy about a pirate radio station in the North Sea, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Richard Curtis; and in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, alongside Ben Stiller.
Ifans' latest roles saw him play Howard Marks, Britain's most notorious drug dealer in Mr. Nice and Xenophillius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, directed by David Yates.
His latest projects include Passion Play, also starring Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, The Organ Grinder's Monkey, directed by the Chapman brothers, and Neverland, playing Captain Hook alongside Anna Friel and Bob Hoskins.
Most recently, Ifans landed the lead role of the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man, propelling his career to new heights.
Jamie Campbell Bower (Young Oxford) is one of Britain's brightest young stars with an extremely exciting time ahead. He can currently be seen in the lead role of King Arthur in "Camelot," a new epic television adaptation of the classic Arthurian legend for Channel 4; it also aired on Starz earlier this year. Bower stars alongside an impressive cast including Eva Green, Joseph Fiennes, and Claire Forlani.
For film, he has most recently completed filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts I and II the final installments in the hugely successful Twilight saga, adapted from the novels by Stephanie Meyer. Having already been featured in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, he returns to the role of Caius, leader of the Volturi Vampires, alongside a cast including Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Bower will also return to the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. He also featured in last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
Despite a short career to date, Bower can already add a number of critically acclaimed films to his repertoire. He made his film debut in Tim Burton's gothic musical Sweeney Todd and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, co-starring in a leading role opposite Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, and Helena Bonham Carter. Late last year he was seen in London Boulevard, from the novels of the same name by Ken Bruen. The crime drama marks the directorial debut of the Oscar®- winning writer William Monahan (The Departed) and featured an outstanding cast including Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, and Ray Winstone. His other film credits include Guy Richie's RocknRolla with Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton and Martin Koolhoven's Winter in Wartime.
Alongside his film work, Bower is also beginning to make a name for himself on the small screen. He was most recently seen in a new adaptation for ITV of the cult 1960's television series "The Prisoner," with Jim Caviezel, Hayley Atwell, and Sir Ian McKellen, set for a US release later this year on AMC. In 2007, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Douglas in the BBC's "The Dinner Party."
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