Gleeson in August 2012
20 May 1992 |
|Years active||2002–2014 (temporary retirement)|
Gleeson was born in Cork. He attended Gonzaga College in Dublin from 2004 to 2010. Gleeson is a student of Trinity College, Dublin, studying philosophy and theology, and is a member of DU Players. In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship at the same university.
Gleeson began acting at the age of seven in the Independent Theatre Workshop. His first roles were in films such as Batman Begins (2005), Shrooms (2007), and A Shine of Rainbows (2009). In 2010, he appeared in a leading role in All Good Children. The reviewer for Variety magazine considered Gleeson "the pic's big discovery".
Gleeson starred as Joffrey Baratheon in the first four seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones. He cites Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his performance. He is the founder and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin.
In 2012, Gleeson indicated an intention to retire from acting to pursue an academic career once his work on Game of Thrones was finished. In 2014 Gleeson confirmed he'd be retiring from acting temporarily after Game of Thrones. 
|2002||Reign of Fire||Kid||Uncredited|
|2002||Moving Day||Jack||Short film|
|2003||Fishtale||Boy with the Fish||Short film|
|2004||Tom Waits Made Me Cry||Young Vincent||Short film|
|2005||Batman Begins||Little Boy|
|2009||A Shine of Rainbows||Seamus|
|2010||All Good Children||Dara|
|2006–2008||Killinaskully||Pa Connors Jr.||4 episodes|
|2011–2014||Game of Thrones||Joffrey Baratheon||26 episodes;
Pending - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
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