Aidan Gillen

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Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen.jpg
Gillen in Singapore in 2012
Born Aidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 46)
Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Olivia O'Flanagan (2001–present)
Children 2

Aidan Gillen (/ˈɡɪlˈɛn/; born Aidan Murphy, 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the crime drama Love/Hate, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, and Tommy Carcetti in the HBO drama The Wire. He is the current host of Other Voices. He has been nominated for the British Academy Television Award, the British Independent Film Award and a Tony Award, and has won two Irish Film & Television Awards.[1][2]

Early years

Gillen was born in Drumcondra, Dublin, and educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. He began his acting career as a teenager, with the Dublin Youth Theatre, playing Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Project Arts Centre, before moving to London.[3]

Career

Gillen played Stuart Alan Jones in the groundbreaking Channel 4 television series Queer as Folk, and its sequel, for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his highly acclaimed Broadway role in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker,[4] and has also been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Teach in the Dublin Gate Theatre's 2007 production of David Mamet's American Buffalo.[5]

In 2004, having been spotted by producers in The Caretaker, Gillen portrayed Tommy Carcetti in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television. In 2008, he was named an "Irish cult hero" by the Sunday Tribune. He appeared in the 2009 film 12 Rounds, and in July of that year, he appeared in the one-off BBC2 drama Freefall. He co-starred as Phil Hendrick in the British drama Thorne.

In 2011, Gillen began playing Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish on the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination.[6] He starred with as cop killer Barry Weiss in the British crime-thriller Blitz, and in the British horror film Wake Wood. He played crime boss John Boy in the acclaimed Irish crime-drama Love/Hate,[7] for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination and second win.

In 2012, Gillen played a CIA agent in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises and starred in the British spy-drama Shadow Dancer. He was announced as the new host of the music show Other Voices.[8][9] He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary and the BBC five-part thriller Mayday.[10] He shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the cast of Game of Thrones for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also starred in the short film Ekki Múkk,[11] created for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

Personal life

In 2001, Gillen married his girlfriend, Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland with their daughter Berry (born 1997) and son Joe (born 2000).[12] In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to his wife and children.[13] His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy, is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Drip Young Guy Short film
1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Youth at Liquor Store Credited as Aidan Murphy
1988 The Courier Boy Credited as Aidan Murphy
1992 An Ungentlemanly Act Marine Wilcox Television film
1993 A Handful of Stars Tony Television film
1993 Belfry Dominic Television film
1995 Circle of Friends Aidan Lynch
1996 Some Mother's Son Gerard Quigley
1997 Mojo Baby
1998 Gold in the Streets Paddy
1998 Amazing Grace Young Man Short film
1999 Buddy Boy Francis
2000 The Second Death Pool Player Short film
2000 The Low Down Frank
2000 The Darkling Jeff Obold Television film
2000 Lorna Doone Carver Doone Television film
2001 My Kingdom Barry Puttnam
2001 Robertson Major William Robertson Short film
2002 The Final Curtain Dave Turner
2002 First Communion Day Seamus Television film
2003 Photo Finish Joe Wilde
2003 Shanghai Knights Lord Nelson Rathbone
2003 Burning the Bed Stephen Short film
2006 Trouble with Sex Conor
2008 Blackout Karl
2009 Freefall Gus Television film
2009 12 Rounds Miles Jackson
2009 Spunkbubble Dessie Short film
2009 Runners Terry Short film
2010 Treacle Jr. Aidan
2011 Wake Wood Patrick Daley
2011 Blitz Barry Weiss
2012 The Dark Knight Rises CIA Agent
2012 Shadow Dancer Gerry
2012 Ekki Múkk Little One Short film
2012 The Good Man Michael
2013 Scrapper Ray
2013 The Note Lars Short film
2013 Mister John Gerry Devine
2013 Beneath the Harvest Sky Clayton
2013 Song Dan Short film
2014 Calvary Dr. Frank Harte
2014 Still Carver
2014 You're Ugly Too Will

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Play on One Harry Episode: "Killing Time"
1993 The Bill Jeff Barratt Episode: "Play the Game"
1993 Screenplay Gypo Episode: "Safe"
1994 In Suspicious Circumstances James Crozier Episode: "To Encourage the Others"
1999–2000 Queer as Folk Stuart Alan Jones 10 episodes
2001 Dice Glenn Taylor Miniseries
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Amyas Crale Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2004–2008 The Wire Thomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti 35 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jimmy Colby Episode: "Vigilante"
2005 The Last Detective Steve Fallon Episode: "Willesden Confidential"
2005 Walk Away and I Stumble Paul
2010 Thorne: Sleepyhead Phil Hendricks
2010 Thorne: Scaredy Cat Phil Hendricks
2010 Identity DI John Bloom 6 episodes
2010–2011 Love/Hate John Boy Power 10 episodes
2011–present Game of Thrones Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
2011–present Other Voices Himself Presenter
2013 Mayday Everett Newcombe Miniseries
2014 Citizen Charlie Charles J. Haughey Miniseries

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of Stars Tony Bush Theatre
1989 Juno and the Paycock Soldier Royal National Theatre
1989 Blue Ed Ache / Fred National Theatre Studio
1989 The Long Way Round Albin Royal National Theatre
1989 The Water Engine Bernie Hampstead Theatre
1990 Lovers Meeting Joe Hession Druid Theatre Company
1991 The Patriot Game Pearse Abbey Theatre
1991 The Wexford Trilogy: Belfry Dominic Bush Theatre
1992 Drama at Inish Eddie Twohig Abbey Theatre
1993 The Wexford Trilogy Tony / Dominic Abbey Theatre
1993 Marvin's Room Hank Hampstead Theatre
Comedy Theatre
1994 The Playboy of the Western World Christopher Mahon Almeida Theatre
1995 Mojo Skinny Royal Court Theatre
2000 The Tempest Ariel Almeida Theatre
2001 Platonov Platonov Almeida Theatre
2003 The Caretaker Mick Roundabout Theatre
2005 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward New Ambassadors Theatre
2007 American Buffalo Teach Gate Theatre
2007 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Apollo Theatre

Audiobooks and narration

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Result
2000 Queer as Folk British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
2000 The Low Down Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best British Newcomer[14] Won
2004 The Caretaker Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2004 The Caretaker Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2004 The Caretaker Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2009 The Wire Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role Television Won
2010 Treacle Jr. British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor Nominated
2011 Treacle Jr. Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[15] Won
2012 Love/Hate Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role Television Won
2012 Game of Thrones Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Supporting Role Television Nominated

References

  1. ^ "IFTA winners 2012 announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards for Aidan Gillen". IMDb. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Mark Lawson (2 October 2007). "'I don't mind nasty roles'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aidan Gillen Tony Award". Broadwayworld. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aidan Gillen – Nominated for TWO IFTA awards". Live Journal. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Third series of Love/Hate in development". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gillen is new Other Voices host". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "I did warn you not to trust me…". UniversityObserver. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller Mayday". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ http://vimeo.com/50053037
  12. ^ "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards for 2000". IMDb.Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "MIFF Awards Winners MIFF Tour". Milan International Film Festival Awards. 

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