Cunningham in 2013
2 June 1961 |
East Wall, Dublin, Ireland
|Education||St Davids, Artane, Dublin|
Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles in the films A Little Princess, Jude, Dog Soldiers, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, Centurion, Clash of the Titans, The Escapist, Black Butterflies and The Guard. Since 2012 he has portrayed Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones. He has been nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award, the British Independent Film Award, has won two Irish Film & Television Awards, and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender, for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist.
Cunningham was born in East Wall, which is an inner city area of the Northside of Dublin. He has three sisters and a brother, and was brought up in a Roman Catholic household. Cunningham dropped out of secondary school at 15 and pursued a career as an electrician. In the 1980s, Cunningham moved to Zimbabwe for three years where he maintained electrical equipment at a safari park and trained Zimbabwean electricians. After returning to Ireland, Cunningham became dissatisfied with his work as an electrician and decided to pursue his interest in acting. He attended acting classes and began to work in local theatre. He appeared in a production of 'Studs' at The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London.
Cunningham's debut film role came in Into the West, where he played a police officer. His on-screen acting continued with roles in War of the Buttons, and A Little Princess, before making his first major break-out role in Jude, playing Phillotson. He continued with character roles in RKO 281, Falling for a Dancer, Shooting the Past, When the Sky Falls and Stranded. Cunningham came to international prominence with his role as Captain Ryan in the critically acclaimed, independent horror film, Dog Soldiers. Since then, he has starred in acclaimed films roles including, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, The Guard, Black Butterflies and The Escapist, and in numerous high budget British and American films including The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Clash of the Titans (2010), Centurion, and Harry Brown. On television, he appeared as President Richard Tate in the BBC programme Outcasts.
In 2012, Cunningham joined the main cast for the second season of HBO's acclaimed, award-winning series Game of Thrones portraying former smuggler Davos Seaworth, and in 2013 he starred in The Number Station alongside John Cusack. He was also cast in season 5 of the BBC series Merlin as a sorcerer. He featured in the music video for "High Hopes" by Irish alternative rock band Kodaline from their EP The High Hopes. In April 2013 he was cast in the seventh season of the hit BBC1 series Doctor Who in the episode Cold War, where he played Captain Zhukov, the commander of a Russian submarine in 1983 facing one of the Ice Warriors.
Cunningham currently resides in Dublin with his wife Colette, with whom he has three children, daughter Ellen and sons Liam Jr. and Sean.
|1992||Heaven Only Knows||Paul Clarke||Short|
|1992||Into the West||Police Officer|
|1994||War of the Buttons||The Master|
|1995||A Little Princess||Capt. Crewe / Prince Rama|
|1995||First Knight||Sir Agravaine|
|1997||The Doherty Brothers||Connor Doherty||Short|
|1997||The Life of Stuff||Alex Sneddon|
|1998||The Tale of Sweety Barrett||Detective Bone|
|1999||A Love Divided||Sean Cloney|
|2000||When the Sky Falls||John Cosgrave (The Runner)|
|2001||Revelation||Father Ray Connolly|
|2001||The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife||John Wyndham|
|2002||Dog Soldiers||Capt. Ryan|
|2002||The Abduction Club||John Power|
|2003||The Crooked Man||Hamilton|
|2004||The Card Player||John Brennan|
|2003||The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||Director|
|2005||Breakfast on Pluto||1st Biker|
|2006||The Wind That Shakes the Barley||Dan|
|2008||Hunger||Father Dominic Moran|
|2008||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor||Mad Dog Maguire|
|2009||Blood: The Last Vampire||Michael Harrison|
|2009||Perrier's Bounty||The Mutt|
|2009||Harry Brown||Sid Rourke|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Solon|
|2010||The Whistleblower||Bill Hynes|
|2011||Pitch Black Heist||Liam||Short
|2011||The Guard||Francis Sheehy-Skelfington|
|2011||Black Butterflies||Jack Cope|
|2011||The Silence of Joan||The English Captain|
|2011||War Horse||The Army Doctor|
|2012||Safe House||Alec Wade|
|2013||The Numbers Station||Grey|
|1993||A Handful of Stars||Stapler|
|1993||Poor Beast in the Rain||Danger Doyle|
|1997||Police 2020||DCI Billy O'Connell||Pilot|
|1998||Falling for a Dancer||Mossie Sheehan|
|1999||Shooting the Past||Christopher Anderson|
|1999||Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke||Alec Cunningham-Reid|
|1999||RKO 281||Gregg Toland|
|2000||A Likeness in Stone||Bill Armstrong|
|2001||Rebel Heart||Michael Malone||Mini-Series|
|2003||Final Demand||David Milner|
|2003||Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness||Robert West||Mini-Series|
|2005||The Clinic||Malcolm Keown|
|2006||Hotel Babylon||Adrian McBride|
|2006||Showbands II||Tony Golden|
|2006||Murphy's Law||Drew Johnstone|
|2007||The Wild West (TV mini-series)||Wyatt Earp||Mini-Series|
|2007||Northanger Abbey||General Tilney|
|2007||Anner House||Neil Barry|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Father|
|2009||The Street||Thomas Miller|
|2011||Outcasts||President Richard Tate|
|2011||Strike Back: Project Dawn||Daniel Connolly|
|2012||Saving the Titanic||Narrator (voice)|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||Jim Larkin||Mini-Series|
|2012–present||Game of Thrones||Davos Seaworth|
|2013||Doctor Who||Captain Zhukov|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Falling for a Dancer||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Television Role||Nominated|
|1999||A Love Divided||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Male Actor in a Lead Film Role||Nominated|
|2006||Showbands II||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television||Nominated|
|2006||Murphy's Law||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a supporting Role in Television||Nominated|
|2006||The Wind That Shakes the Barley||Irish Film and Television award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film||Won|
|2008||Hunger||London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Hunger||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film||Won|
|2008||Hunger||British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film||Nominated|
|2012||Pitch Black Heist||BAFTA Award for Best Short Film||Won|
|2012||The Guard||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film||Nominated|
- "Liam Cunningham signs for next six season of Game of Thrones". Independent Women. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Awards for Liam Cunningham". IMDb. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "BAFTA: Pitch Black Heist". Latitude Festival. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Falling for an Irish Lad". Irish News, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 27 November 1999 – by Robert McMillen. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Game of Thrones Casts Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "The Numbers Station". Matador Pictures. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Liam Cunningham cast in BBC's Merlin". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Kodaline – High Hopes".