Having worked with some of the most renowned contemporary filmmakers, British actor Jonny Lee Miller most recently collaborated with John Wells on his acclaimed yet short-lived CBS drama, “Smith.” He will transition from thief to attorney in the title role of the ABC legal drama “Eli Stone,” which chronicles a lawyer who finds out he might be a prophet.
In terms of film, Miller’s next project, “The Flying Scotsman,” opened the Edinburgh Film Festival and garnered him a Best Actor nomination from the Scottish BAFTAs in the process. The film recounts the true story of an unemployed amateur cyclist (Miller) who broke the world record on a bike he made of scrap metal. Though he first caught the attention of U.S. audiences opposite Angelina Jolie in “Hackers,” it was Miller’s star turn with Ewan McGregor in another Scotland-based film, “Trainspotting” for director Danny Boyle, that has paved the way to an impressive list of credits.
More recently Miller co-starred with Charlize Theron in “Aeon Flux,” with Will Ferrell in Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda,” and in the thriller “Mindhunters” for director Renny Harlin. Additional film credits include the role of Jeffrey Byron in Alan Rudolph’s “Afterglow,” Lord Byron himself in “Byron” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Dracula 2000,” “Love, Honour and Obey” with Jude Law, Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park,” and “Plunkett & Maclean,” which reunited him with Robert Carlyle of “Trainspotting.”
Miller honed his talents on stage in such productions as “Feston,” “The Play What I Wrote,” “Democracy,” “Four Knights in Knaresborough,” “Beautiful Thing,” and more recently in the revival of Frank McGuinness’ “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” in London’s West End.