Barry Keoghan

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Barry Keoghan
Born (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 25)
Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present
Partner(s) Shona Guerin

Barry Keoghan (/kiˈɡən/; born 17 October 1992) is an Irish actor. He has appeared in the films Dunkirk along with Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Glynn-Carney; The Killing of a Sacred Deer with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone; and Trespass Against Us with Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. He has also played the "heartless cat killer" Wayne in the RTÉ drama Love/Hate.[1][2]

Keoghan is an ambassador for Dior.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Keoghan was born in Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland. His mother used heroin and died of an overdose aged 31 when Barry was young. He was later raised in 13 different foster homes, and then by his grandmother from age twelve. He has a brother named Eric.

Keoghan is an amateur boxer,[3] and started his acting career in 2011.[4][5]



Film performances
Year Title Role Notes Refs
2011 Stand Up Stand up Bully Short
Between the Canals Aido
2012 Stalker Tommy
King of the Travellers Young Dublin Lad
2013 Jack Taylor: Priest (TV Movie) Hoodie 1
Wasted Ben Short film
Life's a Breeze Pizza Guy
Stay Sean Meehan
2014 '71 Sean Bannon [4]
Standby Crusty
North Aaron Short
2015 Norfolk Boy [6][7]
Traders Ken
The Break Sean Short
2016 Mammal Joe [8][9]
Trespass Against Us Windows [10][11][12]
Candy Floss Shane Short film [13]
2017 Light Thereafter Pavel [14]
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Martin Lang [15][8]
Dunkirk George Mills [8]
2018 American Animals Spencer Reinhard [16]
Black 47 Hobson Post-production [17]


Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fair City Dave Donoghue 3 episodes[4]
2013 Love/Hate Wayne 6 episodes[4]
2016 Rebellion Cormac McDevitt 4 episodes[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2016 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role – Film Nominated Mammal[4]
2017 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Nominated The Killing of a Sacred Deer[18]
2017 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won The Killing of a Sacred Deer[19]
2018 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Film Won The Killing of a Sacred Deer


  1. ^ Barry Arnold (2017-05-23). "Irish actor Barry Keoghan spotted with Nicole Kidman amid rave reviews at Cannes – Irish Mirror Online". Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Barry Keoghan goes from Love/Hate cat killer to toast of the Dior catwalk in Paris". 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  3. ^ "The Creepy Kid from 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' Will Punch You Out". Vice. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "IFB and IFTA Announce Rising Star Award Nominees for 2017 – Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann". Irish Film Board. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Barry Keoghan specifically referenced Dublin 1 in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter". 11 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Norfolk review – maddening panorama of marshland weirdness". The Guardian. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Lodge, Guy (25 January 2015). "Rotterdam Film Review: 'Norfolk'". Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Ford, Rebecca (12 May 2017). "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: Cannes Breakout Barry Keoghan Draws on Tough Upbringing for His Roles". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Barry Keoghan and Rachel Griffiths for Mammal". Irish Film and Television Network. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  10. ^ De-Burca, Demelza (1 July 2014). "Top Hollywood role for Love/Hate's Barry Keoghan". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Kelly, Aoife (30 July 2014). "Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan set to star with Rachel Griffiths in new Hollywood film". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Corr, Alan (22 February 2017). "Trespass Against Us". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "UK Shorts". The Panoptic. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "'Light Thereafter': Rotterdam Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Kids are the break-out stars of Cannes film festival". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Berlin: Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Join 'American Animals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "'Gaunt and thin' extras wanted for Black 47 famine film –". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  18. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 21, 2017). "2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  19. ^ Niall (13 December 2017). "#Awards: The Dublin Film Critics Circle announce awards for 2017". Retrieved 18 December 2017. 

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