Guest Speaker at the 2020 Breast Cancer Gala Dinner
Vinnie Jones started his career as a professional soccer player playing for some of the UK’s most prominent teams, including Wimbledon, Leeds, Chelsea, Sheffield, QPR and eventually, was the Captain of the Welsh team. He became iconic across the UK and Europe, not only for his exquisite skills in soccer, but also as a performer on the pitch: Jones always had the crowd on their feet supporting him the whole way through his games, as he reacted very well with the audience, and this made the games highly exciting for the spectator both at the venue, but also on TV.
It was in 1998 that Vinnie was approached by up and coming director Guy Ritchie for a role in his cockney caper movie, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. Vinnie accepted the challenge and from this point, the former footballer had a new calling: movie star. Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels skyrocketed to the top in Europe and the USA, and Vinnie’s new career ascended in the same direction. He went on to star in hits such as Snatch, Gone In Sixty Seconds and Swordfish.
From this point onward, Vinnie started to gain recognition from the industry, earning a barrage of accolades and awards, with Hollywood realizing it had a true talent in a 6’ 1”. broken-nosed package. To this date Vinnie has appeared in over 45 movies, working with some of the film industry’s top producers and directors including Mathew Vaughn, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brett Ratner, and Gary Lucchesi. He was seen in the massive summer blockbuster, X-Men 3: The Last Stand as Cain Marko, better known as the Juggernaut, forever placing him in an iconic league of actors alongside Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Patrick Stewart. Prior to that, he played the scowling soccer coach illustrating both his likability and comedic side in DreamWorks’ She’s The Man. Other films include The Midnight Meat Train, and then the Quentin Tarantino-produced feature film Hellride. Vinnie revisited his comedic side on the feature film Year One, where he starred alongside Jack Black for Sony Pictures and Judd Apatow. On the TV side, Vinnie did an arc on Elementary for CBS and starred in his own documentary series for National Geographic Channel called “Vinnie Jones: Russia’s Toughest.” The show aired in prime time on September 2013 in over 170 countries to great success. Vinnie also starred in Mikael Håfström’s thriller, Escape Plan, opposite Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Amy Ryan, Jim Caviezel, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Most recently, Vinnie wrapped a heavily recurring role on the hit CW’s show Arrow. Also on the TV side, Jones was last spring, a series regular opposite Jack Cutmore-Scott in ABC’s series, Deception. Prior to that, Vinnie landed one of the lead roles in the ABC half-hour, musical comedy, Galavant, created by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, The Guilt Trip, Tangled, Last Vegas). The series debuted on ABC on January 4, 2015, and ran for two seasons. Vinnie just appeared on the Celebrity version of X-Factor in the UK and received rave reviews.
In 2020, Jones continues to be a global force as the face of many brands worldwide over the years, including Bacardi, the RAC (The Royal Automobile Club) as well as The National Lottery in the UK just to name a few. Vinnie is also starring in the upcoming independent crime thriller The Big Ugly by writer/director Scott Wiper, opposite Ron Perlman and Malcolm McDowell.