Paddy Considine

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Paddy Considine
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Born Patrick George Considine
(1973-09-05) 5 September 1973 (age 41)
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, West Midlands, England
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, musician
Years active 1999–present
Awards Evening Standard British Film Award, Empire Award, British Independent Film Award, Silver Lion
Website
www.paddyconsidine.co.uk

Patrick George "Paddy" Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He has played a number of dark, troubled, and morally or mentally ambiguous characters. Considine frequently collaborates with Shane Meadows. He has starred in films such as In America, Dead Man's Shoes, The Cry of the Owl, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End.

Considine came to prominence in the early 2000s with a string of performances in independent films that prompted the Observer to describe him as "the best-kept secret in British movies".[1] In addition to leading and supporting roles in Hollywood films, he has acted in independent British films and television shows. He wrote and directed Tyrannosaur, a 2011 film based on his directorial debut, the 2007 short film Dog Altogether. He had acted in and written several music videos, most notably the Arctic Monkeys video for "Leave Before the Lights Come On".

Considine has received an Evening Standard British Film Award, Empire Award, and Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards, as well as eight other award nominations for his acting. He has also won a BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize)[2] for his short film Dog Altogether. He won a second BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, and a World Cinema Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Tyrannosaur.

Early life[edit]

Considine was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, where he still resides.[1][3] He grew up with his brother and sisters in a council estate in Winshill, a suburb of Burton.[3][4] Considine attended, among other schools, Abbot Beyne Senior School and Burton College. In 1990, Considine enrolled to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Burton College, where he first met Shane Meadows.[1][4] Neither of them completed the course.

In 1994, Considine moved away to study photography at the University of Brighton. While there he studied under the social documentarian Paul Reas, who described one project, portraits of Considine's parents in their house in Winshill, as "fucking brilliant".[3] At one point, Considine was threatened with expulsion, but graduated with a first-class B.A..[3][1]

Acting career[edit]

After graduating from university, Meadows cast Considine in several short films, as well as his second feature, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999). Considine, in his screen debut, played the disturbed character Morell.[5] Considine's performance in the film led to Pawel Pawlikowski casting him in his first starring role in Last Resort (2000). Considine played the love-struck misfit Alfie, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.[6] After coming to prominence for his roles as Alfie and Morell, Considine increased his profile during the early to mid-2000s with supporting and starring roles in cult films such as 24 Hour Party People and In America.

In 2004, Considine starred in what was then the most significant role of his career, as Richard in Meadows' revenge film Dead Man's Shoes (2004), a film he co-wrote[2][5] and for which he won the Best British Actor award at the 2005 Empire Awards.[5] In the same year, he starred in My Summer of Love, his second film with director Pawel Pawlikowski. Both films were recognised on the award circuit, where Considine earned five nominations and two wins. The following year, Considine played Frank Thorogood (the suspected murderer of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones) in Stoned (2005). It was around this time that Considine earned his reputation as a popular portrayer of cinema villains, antiheroes, and darker characters. 2005 also saw the release of Considine's second Hollywood film, Cinderella Man.[7]

Considine appeared in the Spanish thriller Bosque de Sombras (2006). It was during the filming of this that Considine penned what later became his debut short, Dog Altogether. Considine claims that it was his co-star Gary Oldman who gave him confidence to make the film, which led to him thanking Oldman during his BAFTA acceptance speech. In 2006, he starred in Pu-239 as Timofey Berezin, a worker at a Russian nuclear facility who gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In 2007, Considine landed roles in two popular big budget films; the third film in the Bourne Trilogy film series, The Bourne Ultimatum, in which he played newspaper reporter Simon Ross,[2] and Hot Fuzz, in which he had his first comedic role as DS Andy Wainwright. In 2008, Considine starred in My Zinc Bed a TV film for BBC / HBO. In 2009, he starred as Peter Hunter in the Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord, based on the novels by David Peace, and another collaboration with Meadows, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, a film which was unscripted, adlibbed, and filmed in five days at a cost of £48,000, and which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[4]

In 2011, Considine starred in a film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's book Submarine, which Richard Ayoade wrote and directed.[8] Also in 2011, Considine appeared as Porter Nash in the adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel Blitz, as well as starring as Jack Whicher in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. In the same year, Considine was briefly reunited with one of his A Room for Romeo Brass co-stars, BAFTA-winning actress Vicky McClure. The two shared the screen in a television advert to promote "Films for Life Season". The ad was shot over two days in Spain.[9]

Considine has consistently displayed a flair for regional and world accents; along with the Gypsy Midlander Morell in his first role in 1999's A Room for Romeo Brass, Considine played a Londoner in Stoned and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, a Russian nuclear plant worker in Pu-239, a Welshman in Submarine and Happy Now, an Irish immigrant in In America, a Mancunian in Red Riding, a Yorkshireman in My Summer of Love, an American in Cry of the Owl and Cinderella Man, and a West Countryman in Hot Fuzz. He has appeared in several music videos, most notably "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (2002) by Coldplay and Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (2003),[6] as well as the Arctic Monkeys track "Leave Before The Lights Come On" (2006), for which he wrote the video.[4]

Considine starred in The World's End, as one of the "Five Musketeers" reattempting an "epic" pub crawl. Considine previously worked with the cast and crew on Hot Fuzz (2007). The film was released in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2013, and the United States on 23 August 2013.[10] Considine is also currently writing his next film: an adaptation of non-fiction novel The Years of the Locust by Jon Hotten, the true story of a sociopathic boxing promoter, Fat Rick Parker, and his doomed relationship with his naive fighter, Tim Anderson. The film has been optioned by Inflammable/Warp Films. Considine is also writing a film from a ghost story called The Leaning,[11] with plans to direct both films. He will continue to work with Shane Meadows on King of the Gypsies, a biopic of bare-knuckle fighter Bartley Gorman, whom Considine met and became friends with whilst working as a photographer.[2]

Filmmaking career[edit]

In 2007, Paddy Considine wrote and directed the award-winning short film Dog Altogether, starring Peter Mullan, partially based on the life of Considine's father. Dog Altogether won the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Short Film, as well as a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, a Best British Short at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize),[2] as well as a World Cinema Directing Award for his feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Musical career[edit]

After a short stint in a virtual comedy thrash group called Grunt during college, Considine and Shane Meadows formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by the Black Crowes song of the same name) with friends Richard Eaton, Simon Hudson, and Nick Hemming, with Meadows as vocalist and Considine as drummer.[4] He is now in a rock band called Riding the Low,[3] who have released an EP 'They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts' (2009),[4][12] and an album 'What Happened To The Get To Kno Ya?' (2013).

Personal life[edit]

Considine remains private in his personal life and once stated that if he ever became a celebrity, he'd "disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day-Lewis" (a reference to Day-Lewis' sabbatical working as a cobbler in Italy).[13] Considine continues to live in Burton-upon-Trent with his own family.[2] Considine's late father was Irish.[14]

Health[edit]

In April 2011, Considine revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.[15][16]

In May 2013, following an Irlen screening, Considine revealed that he had been found to suffer from a visual perception condition called Irlen syndrome, which stops individuals from processing full spectral light and results in behavioural issues. He now wears Irlen filters as tinted contact lenses on set, or glasses in other locations, to reduce the brain's exposure to certain colours of light.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Morell
2000 Last Resort Alfie
2000 Born Romantic Ray
2001 Happy Now Glen Marcus
2001 The Martins Hatfield Recorder Editor
2002 24 Hour Party People Rob Gretton
2002 Doctor Sleep Elliot Spruggs
2002 My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 Him Short Film
2002 Bouncer Knife Man Short Film
2003 In America Johnny
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Richard Also Writer
2004 My Summer of Love Phil
2005 Cinderella Man Mike Wilson
2005 Stoned Frank Thorogood
2006 Bosque de Sombras/The Backwoods Norman
2006 Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
2006 This is England - Uncredited Writer Only
2006 Leave Before the Lights Come On Man Music Video
Also Writer
2007 Hot Fuzz DS Andy Wainwright
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Simon Ross
2007 Dog Altogether Writer/Director
Short Film
2008 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow
2009 The Cry of the Owl Robert Forrester
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 Detective Peter Hunter
2009 Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Le Donk
2010 Submarine Graham T. Purvis
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (TV Movie) Detective Jack (Jonathan) Whicher
2011 Blitz Sgt. Porter Nash
2011 Tyrannosaur Writer/Director
Voice Only
2012 Girl on a Bicycle Derek
2012 Now Is Good Father
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane (TV Movie) Mr Jack (Jonathan) Whicher
2013 The World's End Steven Prince[18]
2013 Honour Unnamed Bounty Hunter[19]
2013 The Double Jack as PT Kommander Uncredited[20]
2014 Child 44 Andrei [Chikatilo] Post-production
2014 Pride Dai Donovan
2015 Macbeth Banquo Post-production
2015 Miss You Already Filming
2015 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale (TV Movie) Mr Jack (Jonathan) Whicher Filming
2015 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: 'Til Death Do Us Part (TV Movie) Mr Jack (Jonathan) Whicher Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival Award Best Actor (tied with Misel Maticevic) Last Resort Won
2003 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor In America Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay (shared with Shane Meadows) Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress My Summer of Love Nominated
2004 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year In America Nominated
2004 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama In America Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture In America Nominated
2005 Empire Awards Best British Actor Dead Man's Shoes Won
2005 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Dead Man's Shoes Won
2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Award Best Actor In America Nominated
2006 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Supporting Actor of the Year Cinderella Man Nominated
2007 Venice Film Festival Award Silver Lion – Best Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2007 British Independent Film Award Best British Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2007 Seattle International Film Festival Award Special Jury Prize, Narrative Dog Altogether Won
2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Best British Short Film Dog Altogether Nominated
2008 BAFTA Awards Best Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2011 Sundance International Film Festival Award The World Cinema Award for Directing: Dramatic Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Nantucket Film Festival Award Best Writer/Director Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Munich Film Festival CineVision Award Outstanding Debut Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Voices Festival of independent European Cinema Voices Festival Prize: Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Dinard British Film Festival France The Golden Hitchcock: Grand Jury Prize/Ciné+ Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Dinard British Film Festival France The Allianz Award: Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Zagreb Film Festival Croatia T-Com Audience Award: Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece Fischer Audience Award (For a film in the Open Horizons section) Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Jury Special Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Silver Astor for Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Argentine Film Critics Association ACCA Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) Award Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 Stockholm Film Festival Best First Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best British Independent Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best Director Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 British Independent Film Awards The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best Achievement in Production Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best Screenplay: Original Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best First Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best International Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 The Guardian First Film Award Best First Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 London Critics Circle Film Awards The Virgin Atlantic Award – Breakthrough British Film-Maker Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Jameson Empire Awards Best British Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Bucharest International Film Festival Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Bucharest International Film Festival Critics' Choice Award Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Transilvania International Film Festival FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award Tyrannosaur Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ojumu, Akin (2001) "Paddy Considine: The best-kept secret in British movies", The Observer, 11 March 2001, retrieved 31 March 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f Barkham, Patrick (3 March 2009). "Dark star". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Tim (7 September 2014). "Paddy Considine: ‘I was always portrayed as angry, but I was just ill’". The Observer. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Mottram, James (2009) Interview: Paddy Considine, actor, The Scotsman, 2 October 2009, retrieved 31 March 2010
  5. ^ a b c Hoby, Hermione (2009) "Paddy and Shane: story of a partnership", The Observer, 27 September 2009, retrieved 31 March 2010
  6. ^ a b "Local Heroes: Paddy Considine", BBC, 4 January 2005, retrieved 31 March 2010
  7. ^ McClean, Craig (11 September 2005). "And the winner is ...". The Observer (London). Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Paddy Considine & Michael Sheen Board Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'". 
  9. ^ film4.com. "Films for live 90 second trailer". film4.com. 
  10. ^ "Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine join The World's End cast". 
  11. ^ "Paddy Considine: Here Comes the Sun". 
  12. ^ "Le Donk actor Paddy Considine launches new band", NME, 12 October 2009, retrieved 31 March 2010
  13. ^ "And the winner is...: Observer Magazine, 11 September 2005". 
  14. ^ McLean, Craig (18 September 2011). "Paddy Considine's domestic drama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Lockyer, Daphne (10 April 2011). "Paddy Considine: Knowing I have Asperger's is a relief". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  16. ^ Kate Goodacre. "Paddy Considine reveals Asperger's diagnosis". Digital Spy. 
  17. ^ "Paddy Considine battling rare sight disorder". The Daily Star (London). 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Brown, Todd. "Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan And Rosamund Pike Are Headed To THE WORLD'S END". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Tapia, Zoha. "Film Review: Honour". Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Robey, Tim. "Toronto Film Festival: The Double, review". Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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