Brendan Gleeson

British Actor Brendan Gleeson

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Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known films include the Harry Potter films, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm.

Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland and has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After leaving school for a short while, he worked for two years in an office with a health board. He then graduated from University College Dublin and went on to Drama School in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just after completing the 3 Year Acting Drama Course at RADA, Gleeson built a very respectable CV at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gleeson became known for his tremedous stage presence, particularly while performing in such works of William Shakespeare as King Lear, Richard III, and Hamlet.

Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. Gleeson has subsequently acted in more than 60 films including Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Artificial Intelligence: AI and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General.

Gleeson lives in Malahide, County Dublin. He is a talented fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He can be found from time to time playing at traditional music seisiúins in Hughes' pub in Chancery Street in Dublin 7. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club, and his son Domhnall is an actor. Gleeson is known for his love of football and recounts tales of attempting to get a clear radio reception so he could listen to how his team, Aston Villa, were faring on a Saturday.

Birth Date
Age 64
Dublin, Ireland
  • Actor
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Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
2019 Frankie France Actor 0.00
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs United States Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains") Actor 0.00
2017 Paddington 2 France, United Kingdom, United States Knuckles McGinty Actor 0.00
2016 Assassin's Creed France, Hong Kong, Malta, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States Joseph Lynch Actor 0.00
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Spain, United States Old Thomas Nickerson Actor 7.00
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Australia, United States General Brigham Actor 0.00
2014 Calvary Ireland, United Kingdom Father James Lavelle Actor 0.00
2012 The Company You Keep Canada, United States Henry Osborne Actor 0.00
2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! United Kingdom The Pirate with Gout (voice) Actor 0.00
2011 Albert Nobbs United Kingdom, Ireland Dr. Holloran Actor 0.00
2011 The Guard Ireland Sergeant Gerry Boyle Actor 0.00
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 United Kingdom, United States Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody Actor 0.00
2009 The Secret of Kells Belgium, France, Ireland Abbot Cellach (voice) Actor 0.00
2009 Perrier's Bounty Ireland, United Kingdom Darren Perrier Actor 0.00
2008 In Bruges United Kingdom, United States Ken Daley Actor 0.00
2007 Beowulf United States Wiglaf Actor 0.00
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix United Kingdom, United States Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody Actor 0.00
2006 Studs Ireland Walter Keegan Actor 0.00
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Ireland, United Kingdom John-Joe Actor 0.00
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire United Kingdom, United States Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody Actor 0.00
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Germany, Morocco, Spain, United Kingdom, United States Reynald de Chatillon Actor 0.00
2004 Six Shooter Ireland, United Kingdom Donnelly Actor 0.00
2003 Cold Mountain United States, United Kingdom, Romania, Italy Stobrod Thewes Actor 0.00
2002 Gangs of New York United States, Italy Walter "Monk" McGinn Actor 0.00
2002 28 Days Later United Kingdom Frank Actor 0.00
2000 Wild About Harry United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany Harry McKee Actor 0.00
2000 Mission: Impossible II Germany, United States John C. McCloy Actor 0.00
1998 The General Ireland, United Kingdom Martin Cahill Actor 0.00
1997 I Went Down United Kingdom, United States, Ireland Bunny Kelly Actor 0.00
1996 Trojan Eddie Ginger Actor 0.00
1996 Michael Collins Ireland, United Kingdom Liam Tobin Actor 0.00
1995 Braveheart United States Hamish Campbell Actor 0.00
1993 The Snapper United Kingdom Lester Actor 0.00
1992 Into the West Ireland Inspector Bolger Actor 0.00
1990 The Field Ireland, United Kingdom Quarryman Actor 0.00

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