Closer : About The Cast

JULIA ROBERTS (Anna) is one of the world’s biggest box office stars. She is currently appearing in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve and recently starred in the period drama Mona Lisa Smile and in George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Roberts received the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. In addition, she starred with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Brad Pitt in Soderbergh’s hit ensemble crime caper, Ocean’s Eleven.

Erin Brockovich followed the success of two box-office smashes, Notting Hill directed by Roger Michell, in which she co-starred with Hugh Grant, and Runaway Bride, in which she was reunited with Richard Gere, her Pretty Woman co-star and their director Garry Marshall. More recently, Roberts starred in The Mexican with Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini and America’s Sweethearts co-starring Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack and Hank Azaria.

Roberts has starred in many of Hollywood’s most successful films. She first came to the attention of audiences with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza, then in Steel Magnolias, which led to her first Academy Award® nomination. Her next film, Pretty Woman, was the top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy Award® nomination. Her memorable performance was followed by a series of notable films including Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief and Something to Talk About.

Roberts went on to star with Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins and in Woody Allen’s romantic musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. In 1997, she starred in the box-office smash My Best Friend’s Wedding directed by P.J. Hogan, as well as Richard Donner’s thriller Conspiracy Theory opposite Mel Gibson. Roberts then starred with Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus drama Stepmom.

Collectively, her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

JUDE LAW (Dan) is one of the most sought after leading men today. Born in London, by age 12 he was appearing in England’s National Youth Music Theatre. By 17, Law had joined the cast of a British TV series "Families." He began his London stage career in George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and appeared in several productions in the West End and at the National Theater in London.

He made his Broadway debut opposite Kathleen Turner and Eileen Atkins in "Indiscretions," which earned him the Theater World Award as well as a Tony nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He originated the role of Michael in the same play in London, winning the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

Law made his film debut in 1992 in the British film The Crane, which was followed by Shopping. He was then in cast in a series of American films including Gattaca, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Wilde and eXistenZ. For his scene-stealing role as Dickie Greenleaf in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Law was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. He followed it up with memorable turns in Enemy at the Gates, Road to Perdition and Artificial Intelligence: AI.

His performance as a Civil War soldier in Cold Mountain brought him a second Academy Award® nomination, this time for Best Actor. In 2004 alone, in addition to Closer, Law has starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Alfie, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Aviator and I Heart Huckabee's.

Upcoming is a big-screen version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly and Columbia Pictures’ All the King’s Men alongside Sean Penn.

NATALIE PORTMAN (Alice) has demonstrated star quality since her first film role in Luc Besson’s The Professional as the 10-year old apprentice to an assassin played by Jean Reno. Her auspicious debut led to roles in Michael Mann’s Heat, Beautiful Girls, Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks. She became a household name after starring as Queen Amidala in George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I —The Phantom Menace, which became the third highest grossing film of all time. She subsequently appeared in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and the soon to be released Star Wars: Episode III. She made her Broadway debut in the title role of the revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank," garnering critical praise. Her other films have included Where the Heart Is, Anywhere But Here and Cold Mountain. She recently starred in Zach Braff’s Garden State.

CLIVE OWEN (Larry) received wide acclaim for his starring role in Mike Hodges’ Croupier. Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Over the past few years, Owen has amassed a long list of credits that include the feature films Gosford Park, Beyond Borders, The Bourne Identity, Green Fingers and Bent. He was seen most recently in Hodges’ thriller I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and in the title role of King Arthur opposite Keira Knightley.

Owen’s extensive television work on both sides of the Atlantic has included starring roles in the series “Chancer,” “Sharman,” “Split Second” and the BBC hit “Second Sight.”

Owen also recently appeared in a series of unique Internet-based “mini-movies” for and executive producer David Fincher, portraying a character who recurs in each film. The shorts were directed by such filmmakers as Ang Lee, John Frankenheimer, Guy Ritchie and Wong Kar-Wai.
Owen with next be seen Sin City for director Robert Rodriguez.