Richard Dormer in The Gentlemen's Tea-Drinking Society (2009)
11 November 1969 |
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Richard Dormer (born 11 November 1969) is a Northern Irish actor, playwright and screenwriter.
Dormer was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He was accepted by the Royal College of Art, but chose a scholarship at the RADA school of acting in London. After living and working in London, he returned to Northern Ireland. He lives in Belfast and is married to director Rachel O'Riordan.
Dormer gained notice following his performance as Northern Irish snooker star, Alex Higgins, in Hurricane in 2003, which he wrote and starred in. The production received praise from critics and even from Higgins himself and saw Dormer win The Stage award for best actor in 2003. In 2004 Dormer won the Irish Times Best Actor Award for his performance in Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and in 2005 completed a season with Sir Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal and performed in Bath in the George Bernard Shaw play, You Can Never Tell, William Shakespeare's, Much Ado About Nothing, Noël Coward's play, Private Lives, and in a production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Since, Dormer has written a number of plays including The Half and Gentleman's Tea Drinking Society which were produced through Belfast's Ransom theatre company. In 2012 Dormer was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to write a production. Set in Brooklyn in the summer of 1969, Dormer's Drum Belly gives an insight into the dark edgy underworld of New York's Irish gangsters which opened April 2013 to mainly positive reviews and was published by Bloomsbury Publishing Dormer has also provided the voices for over twenty BBC Radio 4 plays, documentaries and advertising campaigns.
Following a run of film castings playing secondary characters, he was cast as the lead in the 2012 Good Vibrations which tells the story of Northern Ireland personality and punk rock visionary Terri Hooley. The film premièred at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, was awarded Best Film at the Galway film awards, best screenplay, Dinard and nominated for the Outstanding Debut award at the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. The film was well received by critics gaining consistent reviews, most of which highlighted Dormer's performance as a strength. Dormer's portrayal of Terri Hooley saw him nominated in the Best Actor award in the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards. He has since played important roles in Yann Demange's critically acclaimed film '71 alongside Jack O'Connell and forthcoming Gerard Johnson directed Hyena, 2014.
Dormer has become a well known television actor, more recently playing key roles in the Cinemax drama series Hunted and BBC One's Hidden. 2012 also saw Dormer taking over the role of Lord Beric Dondarrion, known as the "Lightning Lord", the leader of the "Brotherhood Without Banners" for Season 3 of HBO series Game of Thrones.
Dormer can be heard as the voice of the Dad on the children's animated series Lily's Driftwood Bay. The series aired in May on Nick Jr. in the UK and on Sprout in the US. It will also air on RTE in Ireland, ABC Australia, KiKa in Germany, MTV in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and HOP! in Israel later this year. Broadcasters in Australia and the US are keeping the original voices to the series.
In 2014 Dormer began filming on Sky Atlantic's Fortitude. Described as "their most ambitious project to date", he takes the role of Sheriff Dan Anderssen and stars alongside Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl. Fortitude aired on 29 January 2015.
|2014||Shooting for Socrates||Arthur||Post-production|
|2012||Good Vibrations||Terri Hooley||Nominated for IFTA best actor award|
|2009||Five Minutes of Heaven||Michael||Featured at Sundance Film Festival|
|2009||Best: His Mother's Son||Ad Director|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Comic|
|2005||The Mighty Celt||Ronan|
|2002||The Escapist||Denis' Brief|
|2000||A Further Gesture||Joe|
|2015||Fortitude||Sheriff Dan Anderssen|
|2014||Lily's Driftwood Bay||Dad|
|2013||Game of Thrones||Lord Beric Dondarrion|
|2011||Hidden||Frank Hanna||Television series shown on BBC One|
|2011||Brendan Smyth: Betrayl of Trust||Chris Moore|
|2010||An Crisis||Kyle Braid|
|2008||Last Man Hanging||James Brown|
|2007||My Boy Jack||Corporal John O'Leary||ITV movie with Daniel Radcliffe|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Civilian|
|1992||Soldier Soldier||Cpt David Lutchens|
- Hurricane, the story of Alex Higgins, back in Belfast, BBC News, 8 January 2011
- 20 questions with Richard Dormer. "What's on?". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
- Fisher, Phillip. "British Theatre Guide". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
- Billington, Michael. "The Guardian". http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2005/aug/26/theatre.
- United Artists. "United Artists". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (December 19, 2014). "Pivot Sets Jan. 29 Premiere for Stanley Tucci Drama ‘Fortitude’". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2014.