and then Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1998).
In 2000, Butler was cast in two breakthrough roles, the first being Attila the Hun in the American TV miniseries Attila (2001).
Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, and singer.
After studying law, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998).
She took him to an audition for Steven Berkoff's play of Coriolanus.
Then aged 27, Butler had his first professional acting job.Butler later described this year as, "I was out of control, and justifying it with this idea that 'I'm young, this is life.This is me just being boisterous." After his time off in America, he returned to Scotland to take his final year at law school.Less than a year later, he won a part in a theatre adaptation of Trainspotting, which he performed at the Edinburgh Festival.At age 30, Butler decided to move to Los Angeles; there he won parts in Dracula 2000, Tomb Raider 2, Dear Frankie, and Phantom of the Opera.The film's producers wanted a known actor to play the part but eventually chose Butler.as Creedy and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003) as Terry Sheridan, alongside Angelina Jolie.Although Attila and The Phantom of the Opera were important breaks, it was only in 2007 that Butler gained worldwide recognition for his portrayal of King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's fantasy war film 300.That role earned him nominations for an Empire Award for Best Actor and a Saturn Award for Best Actor and a win for MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.Whilst in London, he met an old friend from his teenage days in the Scottish Youth Theatre, who was now a London casting director.At that time, he was her boyfriend and her assistant.