Best known for playing Sick Boy in the hit cult film Trainspotting, Jonny Lee Miller, was never your average glossy celebrity. But it seems the edgy actor has succumbed to that most average of male inflictions, hair loss.
Miller, 36, first came to fame in the 1995 film Hackers in which he starred opposite Angelina Jolie. The pair married in 1996, the year that Trainspotting was released to international acclaim, but they separated 18 months later. Miller went on to star in a range of films and TV roles, but none ever matched the success of Trainspotting.
Indeed, Miller’s latest role as Mr Knightley in Emma is a case in point. The BBC’s current adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, Emma, has been panned by critics; The Guardian called its main players a collection of actors that you recognise but not well enough to remember their names. And how did Miller end up in this role? According to The Guardian’s TV critic, Lucy Mangan, the actor has been “busted down to BBC britches” for one reason and one reason only: “Male pattern baldness, my friends. Male pattern baldness”.
This would not be any shocking headline in itself because the majority of men will develop this genetic condition as a result of increasing levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT – the hormone that attacks the hair follicles causing hair growth to slow and eventually stop). By Miller’s age, about 50% of men who will suffer from this condition will have started to notice the first signs of a receding hairline or thinning hair.
Even so, maybe The Guardian is being a little trite. After all, many British actors lose their locks and continue to achieve success. Jude Law, Jason Statham and Sean Connery are a few names that spring to mind. But perhaps the reason Miller is being attacked is because he does not come across as the action hero or tough guy (often associated with a bald look) and at 36 and still with ‘youthful facial features’, he is not suited to play older roles. Some actors put their craft first and are willing to maintain or change their bodies to get a part. So, if Miller wants to stabilise his hair loss and restore lost hair, he might want to consider using hair loss treatments. There are two products, Minoxidil and Propecia, that can be tailored to suit an individual and bring out optimum regrowth. To see the kind of results that can be achieved, take a look at The Belgravia Centre’s hair loss treatment successes.
If you are concerned about hair loss, whether or not you are an actor, then the best thing to do is see a specialist to get an accurate diagnosis. The Belgravia Centre has a team of experts who will diagnose the condition and discuss treatment options. Appointments are free of charge and available 7 days a week. To book yours simply call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, completing the online diagnostic form takes just 5 minutes and will allow one of Belgravia’s specialists to provide advice without the need for visiting the clinic.