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Last Updated: Monday, 15 November, 2004, 05:48 GMT
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
Irons: the film also marked his son's debut
The Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons has many film credits to his name.

The latest is an adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novel.

It's called Being Julia - and it opens across the UK from the end of this week.

The film, set in the 1930s, co-stars Annette Bening, best known as the control-freak wife from American Beauty.

Based on Maugham's novel Theatre, it's a tale of love, folly and revenge.

  • Jeremy Irons joined Dermot and Natasha in the Breakfast studio in West London

    He told us he's particularly proud that his teenage son makes his screen debut in the film:

    "This was my son Max's first appearance in movies. He's 19 - he's got a lot to learn, but his mother who saw it last night was euphoric."

    Jeremy Irons made his name in TV more than 20 years ago, when he starred in an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Re-visited.

    He revealed that he turned down the chance to play a part in the forthcoming film of Brideshead - as Sebastian Flyte's father - because he felt he couldn't improve on Sir Laurence Olivier's performance.

  • Being Julia opens on November 19 at cinemas across the UK

    Jeremy Irons
    Tells Breakfast about his latest film, Being Julia

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