Andrew Connolly

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Andrew Connolly
Born (1965-11-30) 30 November 1965 (age 53)
Alma materUniversity of Dublin[citation needed]
OccupationActor, director
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Karen Woodley
Childrenseraphina connolly, cassandra woodley-connolly

Andrew Connolly (born 30 November 1965) is an Irish stage and screen actor and director.


Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1965 and was raised in the Finglas and Ringsend areas.[1]

At sixteen years old he left school for a seven-month stint in the Merchant Navy,[2] and later served eighteen months of "torture" in the Irish Navy before returning to Dublin, where he became involved in the Dublin Youth Theater.[3] Connolly began his screen career with a recurring role in the RTÉ television series Inside in 1985,[4] with his first film role coming three years later opposite Gabriel Byrne in The Courier.[3] Connolly received roles in several high-profile projects in the 1990s, including the film adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel Patriot Games in 1993, and he received a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of an abusive soldier in 1995's Guiltrip.[3]

In 1997, Connolly, his wife (actress Karen Woodley), and their two children relocated to Los Angeles.[5] He had roles in several acclaimed television series, including Lost, Heroes, and The Closer. He wrote and directed the short film Flush in 2003, and made his feature film directoral debut with 2008's Quest for the Meaning of Life .[4] Connolly's most recent role was as ex-con Paddy Bishop in Fair City.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1985–1986 Inside Prisoner Twelve episodes
1986 Boom Babies Short
1987 Frankie and Johnnie Short
1988 The Courier Danny
1988 Joyriders Perky Rice
1988 Goodbye Piccadilly Matt Short
1990 The Truth About Claire Colman
1990 Saints and Scholars Jamie Short
1990 All My Lovely Boys Short
1991–1994 The Bill Steven Moss/Sean Tovey Two episodes
1992 Patriot Games Charlie Dugan
1993 Lovejoy Publican One episode
1993 Circle of Deceit Dermot McAuley
1994 Family Liam One episode
1995 Mad Dogs and Englishmen Clive Nathan
1995 Guiltrip Liam Nominated Best Actor, Amiens Film Festival[3]
1995 Runway One
1996–1997 Bramwell Dr. Finn O'Neill Eight episodes
1999 Shergar Colcannon
1999 Vendetta Sheriff Bill Villere
1999 Vicious Circle Detective Declan Finney
2000 Taggart DI Ronnie Greig One episode
2001 Revel Heart Eamon DeValera One episode
2002 The Secret Sea Karl Short
2002 Full Frontal Partygoer
2003 Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle Tom Molloy
2003 Flush Writer/Director/Co-producer Short
2007 Lost Brother Campbell One episode
2007 On Broadway Uncle Pete
2007 ER Brit No. 1 One episode
2008 Quest for the Meaning of Life Director/The Dog
2009 Heroes Joseph Sullivan Two episodes
2010 Chuck Jack Artman One episode
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Jacobus Troyger One episode
2010 The Closer Shariq Marku Two episodes
2011 The Cape Scales' Trainer
2011 Water for Elephants Weehawken Officer
2011 L.A. Noire Capt. James Donnelly Video game; voice and face modelling
2013 Fair City Paddy Bishop Recurring


  1. ^ "LOST & FOUND; Irish actor cracks the secret of cult TV show". Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Meet the Actors: Andrew Connolly". Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tracings: Connolly off to fast start in Hollywood". Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Andrew Connolly profile". Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Being a Fair City baddie is much harder than life in LA". Retrieved 6 November 2013.

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