24 April 1968
Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Olivia O'Flanagan (m. 2001)|
Aidan Gillen (//; born Aidan Murphy; 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the RTÉ Television series Love/Hate and Tommy Carcetti in the HBO series The Wire.
Gillen is the current host of Other Voices. He has won two Irish Film & Television Awards and has been nominated for a British Academy Television Award, a British Independent Film Award, and a Tony Award.
Gillen was born in Drumcondra, Dublin. He was educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. He began his acting career as a teenager with the Dublin Youth Theatre, playing Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Project Arts Centre before moving to London.
Gillen played Stuart Alan Jones in the groundbreaking Channel 4U television series Queer as Folk, and its sequel, for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his highly acclaimed Broadway role in Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker, and has also been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Teach in the Dublin Gate Theatre's 2007 production of David Mamet's American Buffalo.
In 2004, having been spotted by producers in The Caretaker, Gillen portrayed Tommy Carcetti in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television. In 2008, he was named an "Irish cult hero" by the Sunday Tribune. He appeared in the 2009 film 12 Rounds, and in July of that year, he appeared in the one-off BBC2 drama Freefall. He co-starred as Phil Hendrick in the British drama Thorne.
In 2011, Gillen began playing Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish on the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination. To date he has appeared in all five broadcast seasons. He starred as cop killer Barry Weiss in the British crime-thriller Blitz, and in the British horror film Wake Wood. He played crime boss John Boy in the acclaimed Irish crime-drama Love/Hate, for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination and second win.
In 2012, Gillen played CIA agent Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises and starred in the British spy-drama Shadow Dancer. He was announced as the new host of the music show Other Voices. He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary and the BBC five-part thriller Mayday. He shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the cast of Game of Thrones for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also starred in the short film Ekki Múkk, created for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.
In 2001, Gillen married Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland with their children Berry and Joe. In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to his wife and children, whom Gillen has stated "were a big motivation for him." His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy, is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher.
|1985||The Drip||Young Guy||Short film|
|1987||The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne||Youth at Liquor Store||Credited as Aidan Murphy|
|1988||The Courier||Boy||Credited as Aidan Murphy|
|1992||An Ungentlemanly Act||Marine Wilcox||Television film|
|1993||A Handful of Stars||Tony||Television film|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Aidan Lynch|
|1996||Some Mother's Son||Gerard Quigley|
|1998||Gold in the Streets||Paddy|
|1998||Amazing Grace||Young Man||Short film|
|2000||The Second Death||Pool Player||Short film|
|2000||The Low Down||Frank|
|2000||The Darkling||Jeff Obold||Television film|
|2000||Lorna Doone||Carver Doone||Television film|
|2001||My Kingdom||Barry Puttnam|
|2001||Robertson Major||William Robertson||Short film|
|2002||The Final Curtain||Dave Turner|
|2002||First Communion Day||Seamus||Television film|
|2003||Photo Finish||Joe Wilde|
|2003||Shanghai Knights||Lord Nelson Rathbone|
|2003||Burning the Bed||Stephen||Short film|
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Paul||Television film|
|2006||Trouble with Sex||Conor|
|2009||12 Rounds||Miles Jackson|
|2011||Wake Wood||Patrick Daley|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Bill Wilson|
|2012||Ekki Múkk||Little One||Short film|
|2012||The Good Man||Michael|
|2013||The Note||Lars||Short film|
|2013||Mister John||Gerry Devine|
|2013||Beneath the Harvest Sky||Clayton|
|2014||Calvary||Dr. Frank Harte|
|2014||Ambition ||Master||Short film|
|2015||You're Ugly Too||Will|
|2015||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Janson||Post-production|
|2016||Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur||Goosefat Bill||Filming|
|1990||The Play on One||Harry||Episode: "Killing Time"|
|1993||The Bill||Jeff Barratt||Episode: "Play the Game"|
|1994||In Suspicious Circumstances||James Crozier||Episode: "To Encourage the Others"|
|1999–2000||Queer as Folk||Stuart Alan Jones||10 episodes|
|2001||Dice||Glenn Taylor||2 episodes|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Amyas Crale||Episode: "Five Little Pigs"|
|2004–2008||The Wire||Thomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti||35 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Jimmy Colby||Episode: "Vigilante"|
|2005||The Last Detective||Steve Fallon||Episode: "Willesden Confidential"|
|2010||Thorne||Phil Hendricks||6 episodes|
|2010||Identity||DI John Bloom||6 episodes|
|2010–2011||Love/Hate||John Boy Power||10 episodes|
|2011–present||Game of Thrones||Petyr Baelish||Main role|
|2013||Mayday||Everett Newcombe||5 episodes|
|2015||Charlie||Charles J. Haughey||3 episodes|
|1988||The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of Stars||Tony||Bush Theatre|
|1989||Juno and the Paycock||Soldier||Royal National Theatre|
|1989||Blue||Ed Ache / Fred||National Theatre Studio|
|1989||The Long Way Round||Albin||Royal National Theatre|
|1989||The Water Engine||Bernie||Hampstead Theatre|
|1990||Lovers Meeting||Joe Hession||Druid Theatre Company|
|1991||The Patriot Game||Pearse||Abbey Theatre|
|1991||The Wexford Trilogy: Belfry||Dominic||Bush Theatre|
|1992||Drama at Inish||Eddie Twohig||Abbey Theatre|
|1993||The Wexford Trilogy||Tony / Dominic||Abbey Theatre|
|1993||Marvin's Room||Hank||Hampstead Theatre
|1994||The Playboy of the Western World||Christopher Mahon||Almeida Theatre|
|1995||Mojo||Skinny||Royal Court Theatre|
|2000||The Tempest||Ariel||Almeida Theatre|
|2003||The Caretaker||Mick||Roundabout Theatre|
|2005||Someone Who'll Watch Over Me||Edward||New Ambassadors Theatre|
|2007||American Buffalo||Teach||Gate Theatre|
|2007||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma||Apollo Theatre|
Audiobooks and narration
- 1995 The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle. ISBN 1860219152, ISBN 1860219799, ASIN B002SQCXX6
- 1998 Irish Short Stories, ed.Colm Toibin. ISBN 0140863664
- 2010 The Poetry of Ireland (Album). ASIN B003GQ6S2O, available online (Gillen recited several famous Irish poems: An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by W.B. Yeats, Cashel of Munster by Sir Samuel Ferguson, She Weeps over Rahoon by James Joyce, Do You Remember That Night by Eugene O'Curry, An Cuimhin Leat An Oiche Ud)
- 2013 The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gillen as Munroe Stahr. BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama D/L ISBN 9781471356612, ASIN: B00D52FL90, Audio Download
- 2015 The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Audiobook narrated by Gillen.
Awards and nominations
- "IFTA winners 2012 announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Awards for Aidan Gillen". IMDb. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Mark Lawson (2 October 2007). "'I don't mind nasty roles'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- "Aidan Gillen Tony Award". Broadwayworld. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Aidan Gillen – Nominated for TWO IFTA awards". Live Journal. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Dresdale, Andrea (12 April 2015). "'Game of Thrones' Premiere: What to Expect from Season 5". ABC News (Go.com). Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "Third series of Love/Hate in development". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Gillen is new Other Voices host". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "I did warn you not to trust me…". UniversityObserver. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller Mayday". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk". Vimeo. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Game of Thrones star takes lead in hard sci-fi 'Ambition' (Wired UK)". Wired.
- "Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards for 2000". IMDb.Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- "MIFF Awards Winners MIFF Tour". Milan International Film Festival Awards.
- Aidan Gillen at the Internet Movie Database
- The Guardian profile. 2012
- The Guardian profile. 2009
- Guardian profile. 2007