Aidan Gillen

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Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen.jpg
Gillen while filming in Singapore, February 2012
Born Aidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Olivia O'Flanagan
Children 2

Aidan Gillen (born 24 April 1968) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles as 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 Aidan Murphy in Drumcondra, Dublin, and educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is also an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher. Gillen 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]


Gillen played Stuart Alan Jones in the ground-breaking 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 joined the main cast of HBO's acclaimed television series The Wire, portraying Tommy Carcetti, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television. In 2008 Gillen was named an Irish cult hero by the Sunday Tribune. Gillen appeared alongside the professional wrestler John Cena in the 2009 film 12 Rounds. In July of that year, he appeared in a one-off BBC2 drama Freefall along with Dominic Cooper and Sarah Harding. He has co-starred with David Morrissey, as Phil Hendrick, in the British drama Thorne.

In 2011, Gillen joined the main cast of HBO's award-winning series Game of Thrones, portraying Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination.[6] He starred with Jason Statham and David Morrissey as cop killer Barry Weiss in the British crime-thriller Blitz, and in the British horror film Wake Wood, alongside Timothy Spall. Gillen 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. He played a CIA agent in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises, and starred with Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson, 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, with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd, which is currently being filmed, and in the BBC five part-thriller Mayday.[10] Gillen 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 a short film directed by Nick Abrahams called Ekki Múkk, created for the 'Valtari' Mystery Film Experiment staged by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

Personal life

In 2001, Gillen married his girlfriend Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland, with children Berry (born in 1997) and Joe (born in 2000).[11] In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to Olivia and their two children.[12] He is generally very private regarding his personal life.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Drip Young Guy 1 Short
1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Youth at Liquor Store Credited as Aidan Murphy
1988 The Courier Boy picked up by Val Credited as Aidan Murphy
1995 Circle of Friends Aidan Lynch
1996 Some Mother's Son Gerard Quigley
1997 Mojo Baby
1998 Gold in the Streets Paddy
Amazing Grace Young Man Short
1999 Buddy Boy Francis
2000 The Second Death Pool player 1 Short
The Low Down Frank
2001 My Kingdom Barry Puttnam
Robertson Major William Robertson Short
2002 The Final Curtain Dave Turner
2003 Photo Finish Joe Wilde
Shanghai Knights Lord Nelson Rathbone
Burning the Bed Stephen Short
2006 Trouble with Sex Conor
2008 Blackout Karl
2009 12 Rounds Miles Jackson
Spunkbubble Dessie Short
Runners Terry Short
2010 Treacle Jr. Aidan
2011 Wake Wood Patrick Daley
Blitz Barry Weiss
2012 The Dark Knight Rises CIA Op
Shadow Dancer Gerry
Ekki Múkk Little one Short-film
The Good Man Michael
2013 Scrapper Ray
The Note Lars Short
Mister John Gerry Devine
Beneath the Harvest Sky Clayton
Song Dan Short
2014 Calvary Unknown Role
Still Carver


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Play on One Harry Episode: "Killing Time"
1992 An Ungentlemanly Act Marine Wilcox Television film
1993 A Handful of Stars Tony Television film
Belfry Dominic Television film
The Bill Jeff Barratt Episode: "Play the Game"
Screenplay - Safe Gypo
1994 In Suspicious Circumstances James Crozier Episode: "To Encourage the Others"
1999–2000 Queer as Folk Stuart Alan Jones 10 episodes
2000 The Darkling Jeff Obold Television film
Lorna Doone Carver Doone Television film
2001 Dice Glenn Taylor Miniseries
2002 First Communion Day Seamus Television film
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Amyas Crale Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jimmy Colby Episode: "Vigilante"
The Last Detective Steve Fallon Episode: "Willesden Confidential"
Walk Away and I Stumble Paul
2004–2008 The Wire Thomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti 35 episodes
2009 Freefall Gus Television film
2010 Thorne: Sleepyhead Phil Hendricks
Thorne: Scaredy Cat Phil Hendricks
Identity DI John Bloom 6 episodes
2010–2011 Love/Hate John Boy Power 10 episodes
2011–present Game of Thrones Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish 19 episodes
2012- Other Voices Himself Presenter
2013 Mayday Everett Newcombe Miniseries
2014 Citizen Charlie Charles J, Haughey Miniseries, pre-production


Year Title Role Venue / Notes
1988 The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of Stars Tony Bush Theatre, London
1989 Juno and the Paycock Soldier National Theatre· Lyttelton
Blue Ed Ache; Fred National Theatre Studio
The Long Way Round Albin National Theatre· Cottesloe
The Water Engine Bernie Hampstead Theatre
1990 Lovers Meeting Joe Hession Druid Theatre Company, Irish Tour
1991 The Patriot Game Pearse Abbey Theatre· Peacock, Dublin
The Wexford Trilogy: Belfry Dominic Bush Theatre
1992 Drama at Inish Eddie Twohig Abbey Theatre, Dublin
1993 The Wexford Trilogy Tony / Dominic Abbey Theatre· Peacock
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, New York
2005 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward New Ambassadors Theatre
2007 American Buffalo Teach Gate Theatre, Dublin
Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Apollo Theatre[13]

Awards and nominations

Year Film/Television/Theatre 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
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
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 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

Audiobooks and reciting

Gillen has recorded audiobooks as a Narrator.


  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. ^ "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Gillen's own CV in the Apollo Theatre programme, 2007: checked against and with additional material from Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
  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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