Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has checked into a rehabilitation facility in order to undergo an "alcohol-treatment" programme.

The actor's representative Meredith O'Sullivan confirmed the news to People magazine, saying: "After a non-stop succession of filming Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-treatment programme."

She also said that the 29-year-old star "felt a break was needed to maintain his recovery".

Speaking about future projects, O'Sullivan said: "Jonathan plans to resume his schedule following completion."

Rhys Meyers, who starred in the US television series 'The Tudors', recently finished filming the drama 'August Rush', in which he starred opposite Keri Russell and Robin Williams.