Domhnall Gleeson

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Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson (Berlin Film Festival 2011) 2.jpg
Domhnall Gleeson at Berlin Film Festival 2011
Born (1983-05-12) 12 May 1983 (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Residence Dublin, Ireland,
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Irish
Other names Donal Gleeson
Occupation Actor, director, writer
Years active 2001–present

Domhnall Gleeson (/ˈdnəl ˈɡlsən/; born 12 May 1983) is an Irish actor, director, and writer. He has acted on both stage and screen, picking up a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his part in the Broadway production The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He has performed in several shows at Dublin's Gate Theatre, including adaptations of American Buffalo and Great Expectations.

Gleeson's work on-screen includes appearances in the television series The Last Furlong, the comedy sketch show Your Bad Self and the films Six Shooter, Studs, Boy Eats Girl and About Time. He played Bill Weasley in the films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, released in 2010 and 2011. He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, who plays Alastor Moody in the series.

He is set to appear in J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is due for release in December 2015.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, the eldest son of actor Brendan Gleeson, and his wife, Mary Weldon.[2] He has three younger brothers, Fergus, Bríain (also an actor), and Rúairí.[3]

Gleeson attended Malahide Community School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.[3]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Gleeson began directing and writing for both film and stage.[3] In 2006, Gleeson starred in the feature film Studs, with his father appearing alongside him.[3]

Gleeson also starred in the Academy Award-winning movie short Six Shooter[4] and Boy Eats Girl, as well as the RTÉ television series The Last Furlong.[3] He also appeared on the Broadway theatre show The Lieutenant of Inishmore at age twenty-three, receiving a Tony Award nomination for the role.[3][4]

In late 2007, Gleeson played Herbert Pocket in the Hugh Leonard adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.[5] The part was described as "wittily played" by Irish Independent critic Bruce Arnold.[6] Earlier that year he had a role as Bobby in the David Mamet play American Buffalo, also at the Gate Theatre.[7]

In 2008, Gleeson starred in the one-off RTÉ comedy sketch show Your Bad Self, which was broadcast on 26 December that year.[3][4] Other roles in 2008 included A Dog Year and Paddyville.[3]

In March 2009, it was confirmed that he had been cast as Bill Weasley in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[8][9] His father, Brendan, plays Alastor Moody in the series.[8][9] Gleeson had initially been reluctant to act alongside his father in the same film but later changed his mind.[10] In 2006, he said of his acting: "I'd been very certain about not wanting to do the acting thing because of my father. I thought I'd always have the father-son thing of 'He got you the part'."[9]

In the 2009 film Sensation, Gleeson plays the part of a randy young farmer whose "soulless encounter" with a call-girl "develops into a bittersweet love story".[11][12]

He had his break-out year in 2010 with his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Also in 2010, he starred alongside Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, and with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Academy Award–nominated Coen Brothers' film True Grit.

Gleeson won the 2011 Ifta Award for Best Actor for his performance as Bob Geldof in the acclaimed biopic When Harvey Met Bob.

Dohmnall played Konstantin Levin in the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina,[13] directed by Joe Wright. It was released in late 2012. In 2013 Gleeson starred in About Time, a romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis.[14] The story follows a young man, played by Gleeson, who travels back in time and meets "the girl of his dreams", played by Rachel McAdams. Filming took place in London, England, in June 2012.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Actor
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Six Shooter Cashier Short film
2005 Stars Brian (voice) Short film
Boy Eats Girl Bernard
Last Furlong, TheThe Last Furlong Sean Flanagan TV series; 3 episodes
2006 Studs Trampis
2009 Dog Year, AA Dog Year Anthony Armstrong
Perrier's Bounty Clifford
Corduroy Mahon Short film
2010 Your Bad Self Various TV series; 6 episodes
Sensation Donal
Never Let Me Go Rodney
True Grit Moon (The Kid)
When Harvey Met Bob Bob Geldof TV movie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Bill Weasley
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Bill Weasley
2012 Dredd Clan Techie
Anna Karenina Konstantin Levin
Shadow Dancer Connor
2013 Black Mirror Ash TV series
About Time Tim Lake
2014 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Bill Weasley Theme park ride
Frank Jon
Calvary Freddie Joyce
Unbroken Russell Allen Phillips
2015 Ex Machina Caleb Post-production
Brooklyn Jim Filming
Star Wars: The Force Awakens TBA Filming
The Revenant Andrew Henry Filming
Writer & Director
Year Title Notes
2009 What Will Survive of Us Short film
2010 Noreen Short film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated The Lieutenant of Inishmore
2007 Irish Film and Television Awards Breakthrough Talent Nominated Studs (2006)
2011 Berlin International Film Festival Best international actor Won
2011 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television Won When Harvey Met Bob
2012 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won Anna Karenina (2012 film)
2012 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Shadow Dancer (film)
2013 Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated Anna Karenina (2012 film)
2013 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Supporting Actor Film Won Anna Karenina (2012 film)
2014 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Lead Actor - Film Nominated About Time (2013 film)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-7-cast-announced.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Domhnall Gleeson to star in RTÉ Christmas Special". Evening Herald. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "The last laugh". The Irish Times. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2009. "Domhnall Gleeson Nominated for a Tony at the age of 23 for his role in the 2006 Broadway production of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. May have felt like déjà-vu for Gleeson who also appeared in McDonagh's Oscar-winning short, Six Shooter. Domhnall's father, Brendan Gleeson, co-starred with Peter McDonald in 1997's I Went Down." 
  5. ^ "Domhnall Gleeson–Actor". Irish Independent. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Arnold, Bruce (29 November 2007). "Festive fare for all the family lives up to the greatest of expectations". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "American Buffalo". RTÉ. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Bill Nighy in "Die Heiligtümer des Todes"". Spielfilm.de (German). 1 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c "Headlines: Tony Nominee Domhnall Gleeson to Appear in Final Harry Potter Films". Broadway.com. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Domhnall Gleeson confirmed as Bill Weasley for 'Deathly Hallows'". HPANA. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Follow-Up May Keep Hall From Edinburgh". California Chronicle. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Follow-Up May Keep Hall From Edinburgh (original)". The Irish Times. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. "Tony-award nominee Domhnall Gleeson plays a randy young farmer with New Zealand actress Luanne Gordon as an aging Antipodean escort. "They begin as client and call-girl, evolve into lovers and finally business partners,” according to the synopsis. "What starts as a soulless contract develops into a bittersweet love story."" 
  13. ^ "Domhnall Gleeson Lands Role in Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'". IFTN. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (10 May 2012). "Rachel McAdams to Star in Working Title's 'About Time' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (10 May 2012). "Rachel McAdams to Star in Working Title's 'About Time' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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