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Dunbar in 2014
1 August 1958 |
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Occupation||Actor, Screenwriter, Director|
|Spouse(s)||Anna Nygh (1986–present)|
Adrian Dunbar (born 1 August 1958) is an actor and director from Northern Ireland, best known for his television and theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards.
More recently Dunbar is known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings in BBC Two drama Line Of Duty.
Dunbar was born and brought up in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, the eldest of seven siblings. He was educated by the Presentation Brothers before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Dunbar has appeared in such notable films as My Left Foot, The Crying Game, and The General. He has also had leading roles in the films Triggermen, Shooters, How Harry Became A Tree (with Colm Meaney), Richard III, and Widows' Peak. On television, he starred in the first episode of Cracker, a fine performance as an innocent murder suspect with amnesia, and also the last episode of A Touch of Frost, and has been in many British productions, including Tough Love, Inspector Morse, Kidnapped, Murphy's Law, Murder in Mind, Ashes to Ashes and the 2005 re-staging of The Quatermass Experiment.
Dunbar's theatre credits include: The Shaughraun and Exiles at Dublin's Abbey Theatre; Real Dreams and The Danton Affair at the Royal Shakespeare Company; King Lear, Pope's Wedding, Saved and Up To The Sun And Down To The Centre at Royal Court Theatre, Conversations on a homecoming at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast); A Trinity of Two (as Oscar Wilde) at Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre; Boeing Boeing (London, 2007). He directed a critically acclaimed production of Philadelphia Here I Come!. In 2008 he starred in and co-directed Brendan at the Chelsea by Janet Behan, playing the Irish playwright Brendan Behan. The play was the first to be staged in the Naughton Studion in the new Lyric Theatre (Belfast) after it reopened in 2011 and is being revived for a tour to Theatre Row in New York in September 2013.
He played the role of Aufidius in the BBC Radio production of Coriolanus. He also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi, and appeared on stage as Vermeer in an adaptation of Girl with a Pearl Earring.
In 2008, Dunbar played the role of Philip Conolly in the critically acclaimed award winning The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce. Dunbar shot the film with fellow Irish actor Ciaran McMenamin in the remote rain-forests of north west Tasmania. He has also joined the cast of the British Police procedural Television series, Line of Duty, in 2012 portraying the role of Superintendent Ted Hastings continuing on in this role for Series 2 (2014) and Series 3 (2016).
Dunbar also directs theatre and has staged productions for the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.
He played the mysterious character Martin Summers in the second series of Ashes to Ashes.
In 2014 he played the title character in a BBC comedy drama Walter
In other media
- He was cast as Bail Organa for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and appeared in costume in publicity stills, but his scene was cut, and the character was re-cast with Jimmy Smits for later episodes. Dunbar's likeness was retconned into the appearance of the character Bail Antilles.
- He fronts his own band, which has played in such American venues as Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas.
- He sings "The Curragh of Kildare" with Brian Kennedy on Kennedy's On Song, and fronts this song with his own band.
- He narrates the audiobook productions of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, a bestselling novel.
- He played a minor role in the 1988 film, The Dawning, alongside Anthony Hopkins and Hugh Grant, which led to further early roles in his acting career.
Dunbar has a daughter and stepson from his 1986 marriage to the Australian actress Anna Nygh. He lives in Crouch End in North London. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club in London.
|Walter||2014||TV comedy drama|
|Line of Duty||2012–present||TV Series|
|Death in Paradise||2011||TV Series|
|A Touch of Frost||2010||Last ever episode|
|Ashes to Ashes||2009||TV Series 8 Episodes Martin Summers|
|The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce||2008||Film|
|The Whistleblowers||2007||1 episode|
|Eye of the Dolphin||2007||Film|
|Child of Mine||2005||TV Film|
|The Quatermass Experiment||2005|
|Kidnapped||2005||Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel of the same name|
|Mickybo and Me||2004||Film|
|The Measure of My Days||2003|
|Murder in Mind||2003||1 episode: Justice|
|Murphy's Law||2003||1 episode: Manic Munday|
|How Harry Became a Tree||2001||Film|
|Wild About Harry||2000||Film|
|The Wedding Tackle||2000||Film|
|Tough Love||2000||2 episodes|
|The Officer from France||1998|
|The Jump||1998||4 episodes|
|The Near Room||1995||Film|
|The Blue Boy||1994|
|A Woman's Guide to Adultery||1993|
|A Statement of Affairs||1993|
|The Crying Game||1992||Film|
|Inspector Morse||1992||1 episode: Dead on Time|
|Force of Duty||1992|
|Children of the North||1991|
|Hear My Song||1991||Film|
|Drowning in the Shallow End||1990|
|The Englishman's Wife||1990|
|My Left Foot||1989||Film|
|A World Apart||1988||Film|
|The Four Minute Mile||1988|
|Unusual Ground Floor Conversion||1987||Film|
|Strangers in Utah||1987||1 Episode, also featuring Phyllis Law|
|The Price||1985||4 episodes, shot in UT and IL.|
|Play for Today||1984||1 episode: "The Cry"|
|After You've Gone||1984|
- Janet Maslin (19 January 1992). "Hear My Song (1991) Review/Film; Irish Tenor Is Focus Of Intrigue and Blarney". The New York Times.
- Masters, Time. "Beckett festival to feature play in the dark". BBC.
- Slater, Sasha. "Going to the Opera". Harper's Bazaar.
- Thorpe, Vanessa. "Sophie Hunter: The opera director who has to dodge paparazzie". Sophie Hunter Central.
- Kennedy, Maev. "Happy Days festival's Beckett treats to include a German Godot". The Guardian.
- BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d8y38 Retrieved 10 August 2014
- Adie Dunbar and the Jonahs
- Honorary Degree for Leading Ulster Actor Dunbar University of Ulster, 30 June 2009