Gillen while filming in Singapore, February 2012
24 April 1968
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.
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.
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 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 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. 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, 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. 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. 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.
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). 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. He is generally very private regarding his personal life.
|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|
|1998||Gold in the Streets||Paddy|
|Amazing Grace||Young Man||Short|
|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|
|2009||12 Rounds||Miles Jackson|
|2011||Wake Wood||Patrick Daley|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Big guy|
|Ekki Múkk||Little one||Short-film|
|The Good Man||Michael|
|Mister John||Gerry Devine|
|Beneath the Harvest Sky||Clayton|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2014||Citizen Charlie||Charles J, Haughey||Miniseries, pre-production|
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|
|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||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.
- 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
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- Gillen's own CV in the Apollo Theatre programme, 2007: checked against and with additional material from Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
- "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
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/aug/05/aidan-gillen-shadow-dancer-interview%7C The Guardian profile. 2012
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jul/14/aidan-gillen-freefall-television%7C The Guardian profile. 2009
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2007/oct/03/theatre2#TheWireHBO%7CThe%7C The Guardian profile. 2007