Jeremy Irvine is an English stage and screen actor. He was born Jeremy William Fredric Smith in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, England, to Bridget (Glockling), a local politician, and Christopher Fredric Smith, an engineer. His stage surname, “Irvine”, was his grandfather’s first name. He attended one year of drama school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before catching Hollywood’s eye starring in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 epic war film “War Horse.” Irvine earned widespread critical acclaim for his role opposite Dakota Fanning in the independent film “Now Is Good,” leading critics to list him among Hollywood’s fastest-rising stars. In 2013, he gained a reputation as a method actor after he dropped more than 25 pounds and performed his own torture scene stunts in the film adaptation of “The Railway Man.” Irvine will appear in several 2015 films, including “The World Made Straight,” “Stonewall,” “Fallen” and “Beyond the Reach,” in which he stars alongside Michael Douglas. His first role of the year was in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014), which was released in theaters January 2.