Gillen in Singapore in 2012
24 April 1968
Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Olivia O'Flanagan (2001–present)|
Aidan Gillen (//; 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.
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.
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, 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.
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. To date he has appeared in all four broadcast seasons, and will reprise the role once more in Season 5. 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, for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination and second win.
In 2012, Gillen played CIA 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. He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary and the BBC five-part thriller Mayday. 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, created for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. On November 22, 2014, it was announced that Gillen had signed with HBO for the upcoming season of True Detective (TV series).
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). 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. His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy, is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher.
|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|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Aidan Lynch|
|1996||Some Mother's Son||Gerard Quigley|
|1998||Gold in the Streets||Paddy|
|1998||Amazing Grace||Young Man||Short film|
|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|
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Paul||Television film|
|2006||Trouble with Sex||Conor|
|2009||12 Rounds||Miles Jackson|
|2011||Wake Wood||Patrick Daley|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||CIA|
|2012||Ekki Múkk||Little One||Short film|
|2012||The Good Man||Michael|
|2013||The Note||Lars||Short film|
|2013||Mister John||Gerry Devine|
|2013||Beneath the Harvest Sky||Clayton|
|2014||Calvary||Dr. Frank Harte|
|2014||Ambition ||Master||Short film|
|2015||You're Ugly Too||Will||Post-production|
|2015||The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials||Janson/Rat Man||Filming|
|1990||The Play on One||Harry||Episode: "Killing Time"|
|1993||The Bill||Jeff Barratt||Episode: "Play the Game"|
|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||2 episodes|
|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"|
|2010||Thorne||Phil Hendricks||6 episodes|
|2010||Identity||DI John Bloom||6 episodes|
|2010–2011||Love/Hate||John Boy Power||10 episodes|
|2011–present||Game of Thrones||Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish||24 episodes|
|2013||Mayday||Everett Newcombe||5 episodes|
|2014||Charlie||Charles J. Haughey||3 episodes|
|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
|1994||The Playboy of the Western World||Christopher Mahon||Almeida Theatre|
|1995||Mojo||Skinny||Royal Court Theatre|
|2000||The Tempest||Ariel||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
- 1995 The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle. ISBN 1860219152, ISBN 1860219799, ASIN B002SQCXX6
- 1998 Irish Short Stories, ed.Colm Toibin. ISBN 0140863664
- 2010 The Poetry of Ireland (Album). ASIN B003GQ6S2O, available online (Gillen recited several famous Irish poems: An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by W.B. Yeats, Cashel of Munster by Sir Samuel Ferguson, She Weeps over Rahoon by James Joyce, Do You Remember That Night by Eugene O'Curry, An Cuimhin Leat An Oiche Ud)
- 2013 The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gillen as Munroe Stahr. BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama D/L ISBN 9781471356612, ASIN: B00D52FL90, Audio Download
Awards and nominations
|2000||Queer as Folk||British Academy Television Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|2000||The Low Down||Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best British Newcomer||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||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|
- "IFTA winners 2012 announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Awards for Aidan Gillen". IMDb. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Mark Lawson (2 October 2007). "'I don't mind nasty roles'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- "Aidan Gillen Tony Award". Broadwayworld. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Aidan Gillen – Nominated for TWO IFTA awards". Live Journal. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Press Roundup: Sophie Turner on Sansa’s surprising fifth season, John Bradley on sex scenes and more". Watchers On The Wall. August 22, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Third series of Love/Hate in development". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Gillen is new Other Voices host". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "I did warn you not to trust me…". UniversityObserver. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller Mayday". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk". Vimeo. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Game of Thrones star takes lead in hard sci-fi 'Ambition' (Wired UK)". Wired.
- "Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards for 2000". IMDb.Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- "MIFF Awards Winners MIFF Tour". Milan International Film Festival Awards.
- Aidan Gillen at the Internet Movie Database
- The Guardian profile. 2012
- The Guardian profile. 2009
- The Guardian profile. 2007