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30 November 1965 |
Ladywood, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Tiernan began acting with the Birmingham Youth Theatre and moved to London in 1984 to study a three-year diploma in acting at the Drama Centre London run by Christopher Fettes and Yat Malmgren. His theatre work has included Joe Penhall's The Bullet at the Donmar Warehouse, and a long-term collaboration with the Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam, including Ché Walker's Flesh Wound at the Royal Court Theatre and two critically acclaimed productions of Sam Shepard's plays: A Lie of the Mind at the Donmar Warehouse and True West at the Bristol Old Vic. In 2008, Tiernan returned to the theatre in Dorota Maslowska's A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians at the Soho Theatre.
Tiernan played Piers Gaveston in Derek Jarman's controversial film of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II in 1991, after appearing in Lynda La Plante's award-winning drama Prime Suspect. In the same year, he went on to star as Orlando and Oliver in Christine Edzard's version of Shakespeare's As You Like It playing alongside actors James Fox and Cyril Cusack. He then went on to star in the 2001 thriller, Mr In-Between, directed by Paul Sarossy.
Tiernan starred in Zack Snyder's 300, an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel, in which he portrayed Ephialtes of Trachis. Filming took place from October 2005 to January 2006 in Montreal. To portray Ephialtes, Tiernan dressed in full body prosthetics which took 10 hours each day to complete. He portrayed the character again in the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire (2014).
He appeared as Captain Martin Stone in Marko Mäkilaakso's Stone's War.
In 1993, Tiernan appeared in the series Cracker in the episode "To Say I Love You". In 1997 played Banquo in the Shakespeare adaptation for BBC (MacBeth on the Estate) alongside James Frain and Susan Vidler. In 1998, in the British TV series Hornblower, he played Bunting in the second episode, "The Examination For Lieutenant". Other credits in television include Victor Carroon in The Quatermass Experiment, Kim Trent in Life on Mars and Lenny Spearfish in the BBC TV series Jonathan Creek (2004) "The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish". In 2005, he played Ben Jonson in A Waste of Shame, a William Shakespeare biopic presented as part of the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told series. He appeared in an episode of crime drama Midsomer Murders as Steve Bright, a photography enthusiast who is strangled with his own camera strap and in Dalziel & Pascoe as a lottery winner in the two-part episodes "Fallen Angel". In 2012, he appeared as DS Hunter in BBC's new drama Prisoners' Wives.
Tiernan began working on his directing debut in 2012, with the feature film Dragonfly.
|Prime Suspect||DC Rosper|
|As you like it||Orlando/Oliver|
|Prime Suspect 2||DC Rosper|
|Being Human||Cyprion's Man|
|Interview with a Vampire||Paris Vampire|
|1995||Taggart||John Campbell||Black Orchid|
|Two Deaths||Captain Jorgu|
|1996||The Sculptress||Gary O'Brien|
|Ellington||Eddie Gilmour||Man of Honour|
|1997||Snow White: A Tale of Terror||Scar|
|MacBeth on The Estate||Banquo||BBC TV film|
|1998||The Scarlet Tunic||Muller|
|Jonathan Creek||Lenny Spearfish - Episode: The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish||BBC TV|
|2000||Small Time Obsession||Mr Page|
|Heartbeat||Ray Nixon||The Seven Year Itch|
|In a Land of Plenty||Gary|
|The Bunker||LCpl Schenke|
|The Red Siren||Koesler|
|Waking the Dead||Don Keech||Episode: Anger Management|
|2005||The Quatermass Experiment||Victor Carroon|
|The Rotters' Club||Roy Slater|
|A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and his Sonnets||Ben Jonson||TV Movie|
|Life on Mars||Kim Trent|
|Dalziel and Pascoe||Jake McNally||Fallen Angel|
|2007||Midsomer Murders||Steve Bright||Picture of Innocence|
|2008||Heroes and Villains||Crixus||Spartacus|
|Stone's War||Captain Stone|
|New Tricks||Sgt Major Sharratt||Mad Dogs|
|The Bill||Craig Middleton|
|2010||Mr Nice||Alan Marcuson|
|Whitechapel II||Steven Dukes|
|2011||Doctor Who||Purcell||Night Terrors|
|2012||Prisoners' Wives||DS Hunter|
|2013||Foyle's War||Geoffrey Helliwell||Sunflowers|
|2014||300: Rise of an Empire||Ephialtes|