The Oscar nominated actor Jude Law is to visit the Oxford Union next term.
Law, 45, is perhaps best known for his roles as Watson to Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes, having also worked with a range of directors including Stephen Spielberg, Wes Anderson and Steven Soderbergh.
More recently, Law has been cast as a Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, where he is set to play a younger version of the role established on screen by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon. He will also be appearing as Mar-vell, the original holder of the eponymous title of Captain Marvel in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster, alongside Brie Larson as the current holder, Carol Danvers.
Born in 1972, Law rose to prominence in the late 1990s through films such as Wilde, where he played Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s lover, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, where he featured opposite Matt Damon.
Off screen, Law is noted for his activism. In 2002 he directed an advert campaigning against the use of fur, and more recently has become an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. He has also been a keen fundraiser, helping to preserve the Young Vic theatre and St Stephen’s Church, Hampstead. His talk will focus on his peace work, such as his work in Afghanistan producing documentaries on the ongoing efforts to restore stability to the country. These are produced alongside Jeremy Giley, who will also be at the event.
Law will join Georgina Beyer, the world’s first openly transsexual mayor and member of parliament, among the guests featured in the Union’s Michaelmas Termcard.