Gerard McCarthy

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Gerard McCarthy
Born Gerard McCarthy
(1981-03-31) 31 March 1981 (age 33)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Official website

Gerard McCarthy (born 31 March 1981) is an Irish actor from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


McCarthy's acting career began when he was awarded Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Scholarship to train at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2002.

Most recently he played Kevin McSwain in new BBC drama The Fall [1] and Brondsted in the first episode of History's drama series Vikings.[2] He also played Ashley Stokes in Titanic: Blood & Steel [3] and Rory Thompson in Belonging to Laura, a modern day film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic Lady Windermere's Fan produced by Samson Films.[4]

Gerard is well known for his award winning performance as Kris Fisher on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2010.

In 2012 McCarthy made his Shakespearean debut as Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe. The production received widespread critical acclaim and subsequently transferred to Los Angeles and New York with McCarthy reprising his role in both cities.[5] 2012 also saw him return to the stage in a highly acclaimed production of Joe Penhall's Olivier Award winning play Blue/Orange.

He recently filmed the role of Captain Shearing in a feature film adaptation of "A Nightingale Falling" by P.J. Curtis.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2010 FATE Awards - Best Media Personality (Winner)
  • 2007 Irish Entertainment Awards - Best Actor (Winner)
  • 2007 British Soap Awards - Best Newcomer (Nominated)
  • 2007 Inside Soap Awards - Best Newcomer (Nominated)

Charity work[edit]

McCarthy began his association with the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in October 2007 when he overcame his fear of heights by leading a fundraising abseil event, in which he had to climb down Belfast's Europa Hotel. He then went on to become a celebrity supporter of The White Sapphire Ball in aid of the NI Children's Hospice, at which a romantic dinner with McCarthy was auctioned off for £4,500. In December 2009, he took part in a celebrity version of Panic Attack and managed to win £1000 for the NI Children's Hospice.[citation needed]

In January 2010, McCarthy led the Belfast4Haiti 5K run in his home city with Olympic Gold Medallist Dame Mary Peters. The event was organised to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.[6]


  1. ^ Munn, Patrick (30 March 2012). "Gerard McCarthy Cast In BBC Two's The Fall - TVWise". TVWise. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Munn, Patrick (4 July 2012). "Gerard McCarthy Joins Cast Of History's 'Vikings'". TVWise. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "TN | Enterprises, the actors agency". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'Hollyoaks' actor thrilled by IFTA nod". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Green, Kris. "Gerard McCarthy lands Shakespeare role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'Oaks actor to lead Haiti run in Belfast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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