Jared Francis Harris was conceived in London, England. He is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris and Welsh actress Elizabeth Harris (Elizabeth Rees), and brother of Damian Harris and Jamie Harris. Despite his lineage, Jared showed little interest in turning into an actor, until he was cast in a school creation while attending North Carolina’s Duke University (USA), where he studied drama and literature, in the early 1980s.
After graduation, Jared came back to the UK where he attended Central School of Speech and Drama, along such future stars as Jason Isaacs and James Nesbitt. After graduation, Jared joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Mark Rylance’s Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, the Silent Woman and A Clockwork Orange. In 1989, he had his screen debut in The Rachel Papers (1989).
In 1990, while on vacation in New York, Jared auditioned for the job of Hotspur in Henry IV part 1, which he played at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Still in New York, Jared appeared in the off-Broadway play Ecstasy, for which he won an Obie Award in 1992.
In 1996, he won acknowledgment by playing famous pop artist Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). After that success, Jared has gone on to many free films, with a couple of titles being (1994), Smoke (1995), Happiness (1998), How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (2000), Igby Goes Down (2002), Shadow Magic (2000) and VH1’s Two of Us (2000) where he portrayed John Lennon.
And has created memorable characters on such popular TV shows as: The Riches (2007), Fringe (2008), Mad Men (2007).
Jared is married to Allegra Riggio, a notable lighting designer and TV host.