Laurence Kinlan

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Laurence Kinlan
Born (1983-02-03) 3 February 1983 (age 32)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Film, television and stage actor
Years active 1998–present

Laurence Kinlan (born 3 February 1983 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actor in films, television series and on theatre stage. He is best known for playing the role of Elmo in RTE's crime drama Love/Hate.[1][2][3]


Film and television

Kinlan's debut was a lead role, his film debut at age 14 as David in Soft Sand, Blue Sea directed by Pip Broughton. It tells the story of kids living in a children's home. They are not orphans, but are children of disinterested parents and, as such, carry the scars of being unloved and rejected.[4] He got the role in an open audition at the Belvedere club and despite having no previous acting experience he got the part.[3]

His biggest role was as Elmo Creed in the long-running Irish TV series Love/Hate, a gritty crime drama based on Dublin's criminal underworld written by Stuart Carolan and directed by David Caffrey. The cult series that is broadcast on RTE but followed worldwide stars actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (as Nidge Delaney) and co-stars Peter Coonan (as Fran Cooney), Laurence Kinlan (as Elmo Creed), Aidan Gillen (as John Boy Power) and Robert Sheehan (as Darren Treacy). Kinlan's character Elmo has become so popular the Irish FM104 launched a song titled "Elmo's A Headcase!" sampling portions of Kinlan's voice and sampling of "Sexy and I Know It" as "Elmo and I Know It".[5]

Another major screen role for Kinlan was his portrayal of Dan Kelly in the 2003 Gregor Jordan film Ned Kelly, with the title character of the Kelly Gang played by Heath Ledger. Other roles were in this film directed by included Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Naomi Watts.

Kinlan has appeared in various roles in a number of films and TV series, including notably Veronica Guerin, The Halo Effect, Intermission, Boy Eats Girl, The Guard and many others. He will play the Irish independent politician Tony Gregory in the forthcoming biopic of ex-Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) Charles Haughey titled Charlie.[6][7] [8] [9] [10] [11]


He also landed roles on stage, particularly on the stages of Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre, Dublin as well as appearing in tours elsewhere on stages in London, New York etc. His theatre appearances include the role of Leonard in On Such As We, directed by Wilson Milam, in A Month in the Country, directed by Jason Byrne, Poor Beast in the Rain[12] directed by Conor McPherson playing the role of Georgie for which he was nominated for the "Irish Times Best Supporting Actor Award" in 2006. Laurence appeared in Saved directed by Jimmy Fay The Playboy of the Western World directed by Jimmy Fay. Kinlan also played Bartley in a major production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Garry Hynes, at Dublin Theatre Festival and the Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan, New York. He portrayed the character Mossey Lannigan in Christ Deliver Us!,[13] a new play by Tom Kilroy directed by Wayne Jordan at the Abbey Theatre, again receiving "Irish Times Best Supporting Actor Award" in 2011. Another role he landed was The Covey, in Wayne Jordan's The Plough and the Stars.


  • 2006: "Best Supporting Actor Award"[14] at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for his role as Georgie in the play Poor Beast In The Rain staged in The Gate theatre in Dublin
  • 2011: "Best Supporting Actor Award" at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for his role as Mossey Lannigan in the play Christ Deliver Us!, staged at the Abbey Theatre

Personal life[edit]

Laurence Kinlan was the son of Larry and Mary Kinlan. They lived in inner city Dublin. His father died after suffering a long heroin addiction. Laurence was just 10 when his father died.[3]

Laurence reportedly left school at 16 to pursue an acting career. He has a son, Oren.[3]


  • 1998: Soft Sand, Blue Sea as David
  • 1999: The Bill (TV Series, 1 episode – "Out and About" as Liam Ryan)
  • 1999: Angela's Ashes as Older Paddy Clohessy
  • 2000: Country as Michael
  • 2000: Saltwater as Joe
  • 2000: An Everlasting Piece as Mickey
  • 2001: On the Nose as Kiaran Delaney
  • 2001: Last Days in Dublin
  • 2001: On Home Ground (1 episode – "John King" in lead role John King)
  • 2003: Ned Kelly as Dan Kelly
  • 2003: Veronica Guerin as Timmy, a young junky Timmy
  • 2003: Intermission as a Drug Dealer
  • 2004: The Halo Effect as a Thief
  • 2005: Boy Eats Girl as Henry
  • 2005: Breakfast on Pluto as Irwin
  • 2006: Johnny Was as Michael
  • 2006: Small Engine Repair as Tony
  • 2007: My Boy Jack as Guardsman Doyle (TV film)
  • 2011: The Guard as Photographer
  • 2012: Vexed (TV Series – 1 episode – "Ian" as lead Ian)
  • 2012: Immaturity for Charity (TV film)
  • 2013: All Is by My Side as John
  • 2013: Love/Hate (TV Series – Season 4 – 11 episodes))
  • 2014: The Game (TV mini-series – 1 episode – "IRA Monkey")
  • 2014: Charlie (TV mini-series – 1 episode "Tony Gregory" as lead act Tony Gregory)



  1. ^ "RTÉ Television – Programmes – Drama – Love/Hate". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ JOEdotie and Genna Patterson (February 2013). "Series 4 of Love/Hate is shooting in Dublin". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Maeve Quigley (2013-10-05). "Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan has told how his father died from a heroin overdose when he was just 10 years old – Irish Mirror Online". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ Diplomatic Films: Soft Sand, Blue Sea
  5. ^ FM104: Elmo's A Headcase! – LOVE/HATE
  6. ^ "'Citizen Charlie', Starring Aidan Gillen & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, to Begin Production Next Week | The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Love/hate doesn't glorify violence it shows it's futile says Nidge – Irish Mirror Online". 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ Ken Sweeney and Fiona Ellis – 10 October 2013 (2013-10-10). "'Nidge' to play Haughey spin doctor Mara in new role". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  9. ^ Laurence Kinlan. "Laurence Kinlan [actor] : The Lisa Richards Agency". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Actors Laurence Kinlan and Ashley Charles Join Jimi Hendrix Biopic | The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Laurence Kinlan". Filmbug. 2004-06-09. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  12. ^ Karen Fricker (15 April 2005). "Review of Poor Beast in the Rain". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Helen Meany (22 February 2010). "Review of Christ Deliver Us!". Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Abbey Theatre website: Laurence Kinlan page

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