English actor, known for his debonair and charismatic leading man appeal. He achieved international recognition with his intense, understated performance in the drama Croupier (1998). Other films include the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Bourne Identity (2002), the dystopian adaptation Children of Men (2006), and the television biopic Hemingway & Gelhorn (2012). He won critical acclaim and a Golden Globe award for his powerful performance in Mike Nichols's dark drama Closer (2004).
His film debut was in the British road movie Vroom (1988), but it was his starring role in the UK television drama Chancer (1990–91) that promoted his suave leading man appeal and established his career. His other films include Stephen Poliakoff's (1952– ) Close My Eyes (1991), about sibling incest, Robert Altman's period drama Gosford Park (2001), and the action thriller Sin City (2005), based on the graphic novels of the same name.
He was born and grew up in Coventry, Warwickshire. During his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he performed in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. He later joined the Young Vic Theatre Company, based in London, England. Other plays include Noël Coward's Design for Living (1994) and Peter Nichols's The Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2001).