Since he first caught the industry’s attention with his stage debut, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleston Award, British actor Max Irons has been building an impressive body of work spanning television, film, and stage. With several exciting projects coming up, the next few months promise to firmly establish him as an international acting presence to watch.
Max is currently in Canada filming the lead in Condor, AT&T Audience Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. Inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, Max will play ‘Joe Turner’, modeled after Robert Redford’s iconic role in the movie. Written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows young. Idealistic, millennial CIA analyst ‘Joe Turner’, whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Adapted from James Grady’s novel Six Days of the Condor, the series will also star Brendan Fraser and Mira Sorvino.
Prior to this, Max shot the role of ‘David Castleman’ in independent feature The Wife in Glasgow. Written by Jane Anderson, and based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, Bjorn Runge directs and Max stars opposite Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater. ‘David’ is a tortured writer struggling for his own success in the shadow of his father’s literary fame. The film is slated for release later in the year and will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Before that, Max filmed the feature adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House, written by Julian Fellowes and Tim Rose Price. Max plays ‘Charlies Hayward’ a private detective trying to solve a murder whose suspects include Sophia, his former lover, played by Stefanie Martini. Directed by Gilles Paquett-Brenner, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson and Christina Hendricks also star. The film will be released in 2017, date TBC.
In 2016, Max filmed lead role of ‘Alf’ in the feature film Terminal, written and directed by Vaughn Stein. The noir thriller details the story of two hit men, played by Max and Dexter Fletcher, as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair find a dynamic woman named ‘Annie’, played by Margot Robbie, who may be more involved than they had originally suspected. Simon Pegg, Matthew Lewis, Mike Myers and Dexter Fletcher also star in the film, slated for release in 2017.
Also in 2016, Max starred as ‘Howard Carter’, who discovered the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun, with Sam Neill. Written by Guy Burt, the story is set in 1950 in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and the four-part miniseries was broadcast on ITV 1 in September 2016. Most recently, Max portrayed the male lead role of ‘Yuri’ in Bitter Harvest, directed by George Mendeluk, in which he appears opposite Samantha Barks and Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, and Aneurin Barnard. The romantic epic is set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. The film was released in the US by Roadside Attractions in February 2017.
The same year, Max was on screens portraying the role of ‘Fritz’ in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold, written by playwright Alexi Campbell. The feature tells of the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family, culminating in her battle to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold”. Boasting a stellar cast including Helen Mirren, Daniel Brühl and Charles Dance. The film premiered at Berlinale and was released in the US on 3rd April and in the UK on the 10th April 2015.
In September 2014, Max starred as ‘Miles’ in The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s feature adaptation of Laura Wade’s infamous smash hit Royal Court play Posh. The story follows two first-year students at Oxford University who join the infamous ‘Riot Club’, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. Max’s performance was singled out by the critics: The Telegraph called him ‘hugely impressive’, Indiewire wrote “the greatest asset the film has is the performance from Irons” while Screen Daily called his portrayal “especially impressive” and Collider.com described it as ‘excellent’. Max appeared alongside a young British cast including: Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Holliday Grainger and Freddie Fox. The film was released by Universal Studios in the UK on 19th September 2014 and IFC films released in the US on 27th March 2015.
In 2013, Max took on the role of ‘King Edward’ in the Golden Globe nominated BBC/STARZ television series The White Queen. Based on the ‘The Cousin’s War’ novels by Philippa Gregory and developed by Emma Frost, the story is set in 1464 during the height of the War of the Roses, and focuses on the story of the ongoing conflict for the throne. The ten part series was broadcast in the UK in June and was followed by a US premiere in August. Max first appeared on television screens in 2011, when he played ‘Tommy’ in Emmy nominated SKY 1 thriller The Runaway, starring opposite Jack O'Connell and Joanna Vanderham.
Max’s notable film credits include: ‘Jared Howe’ in the 2013 feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name The Host, with Saoirse Ronan; ‘Henry’ in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman; and ‘Lucius’ in Oliver Parker’s 2009 feature adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Grey.
In 2009, Max made his professional stage debut in Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein at the Chichester Festival Theatre for which he was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award. The Stage called his performance “delightful” while The Independent raved his was “heartbreakingly stern-yet-fragile” portrayal. In 2013 Max returned to the stage starring in Peter Huntley’s critically acclaimed production of Farragut North at The Southwark Playhouse. Other significant theatre credits include: Oedipus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Cherry Orchard, London Cuckolds, Twelfth Night, Plenty, Semi-Monde, Under The Blue Sky and New Girls In Town.
Max trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.