Brían F. O'Byrne

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Brían F. O'Byrne
Born Brían Francis O'Byrne
(1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 48)
Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Heather Goldenhersh
Children 2 daughters

Brían Francis O'Byrne (born 16 May 1967) is an Irish actor, best known for his work in the United States.

Early life and education[edit]

O'Byrne was born Brían Francis O'Byrne in Mullagh, County Cavan on 16 May 1967.[1]


O'Byrne first attracted notice for his performances in the Martin McDonagh plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996) as Pato Dooley (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play) and The Lonesome West (1997). He is known for taking on serious and dramatic roles, such as a serial killer in Frozen (1998) (for which he won a Tony Award) and a priest accused of child molestation in Doubt (2004), for which he received a Tony Award nomination. O'Byrne also appeared as a priest in the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. In May 2007, O'Byrne was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Alexander Herzen in Tom Stoppard's 2002 trilogy The Coast of Utopia. He appeared in the play by John Patrick Shanley Outside Mullingar on Broadway in 2014,and received a nomination for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actor In A Play.[2]

In 2011, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Mildred Pierce as Bert Pierce. O'Byrne was featured in the 2009–2010 ABC series FlashForward, in which he played Aaron Stark. The show was not renewed. FlashForward began airing in Ireland on January 4, 2010.[1]

O'Byrne will co-star on the upcoming ABC drama series Gilded Lillys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

O'Byrne is married to American actress Heather Goldenhersh with whom he co-starred in the broadway play Doubt. The couple has two daughters together, one being born in 2008, and the other being born in 2010.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Avenue X Sonny Short film
1997 The Fifth Province Timmy
1997 The Last Bus Home Jessop
1997 Electricity Graham Crouch Short film
2000 An Everlasting Piece George
2001 Mapmaker Richie Markey
2001 Bandits Darill Miller
2001 Disco Pigs Gerry
2001 The Grey Zone SS Interrogator
2003 Easy Mick McCabe
2003 Intermission Mick
2004 Million Dollar Baby Father Horvak
2005 The New World Lewes
2005 In an Instant The Man
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Bobby
2007 Bug Dr. Sweet
2007 No Reservations Sean
2009 The International The Consultant
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Ronny Rosario
2011 Season of the Witch Teutonic High Priest Uncredited[citation needed]
2014 Queen and Country RSM Digby


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Joe Forrester N/A Episode: "An Act of Violence"
1998 Amongst Women Luke 4 episodes
2001 Oz Padraig Connolly 3 episodes
2004 The Blackwater Lightship Larry Television film
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Liam Connors Episode: "Ghost"
2007–08 Brotherhood Colin Carr 18 episodes
2007 The American Experience Alexander Hamilton Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2009–10 FlashForward Aaron Stark 15 episodes
2010 Medium Clark Kerwin Episode: "The People in Your Neighborhood"
2011 Mildred Pierce Bert Pierce 5 episodes
2011–12 Prime Suspect Detective Reg Duffy 13 episodes
2013–14 Love/Hate Mick Moynihan 11 episodes
2015 Exposed Quigg Unsuccessful television pilot
2015–present Aquarius Ken Karn 7 episodes
2015 The Last Ship Lt. Cmdr. Sean Ramsey 8 episodes
2015 The Bastard Executioner Baron Erik Ventris 2 episodes
2015 Saints & Strangers John Billington

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2007 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Won
2007 Satellite Awards Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Mildred Pierce Nominated


  1. ^ a b FlashForward star talks about coming home. RTÉ. Tuesday, 29 December 2009.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. 64th Annual "Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced; 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Leads the Pack", April 22, 2014
  3. ^ Catriona Wightman (February 20, 2012). "Brian O'Byrne joins ABC's 'Gilded Lilys' pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 

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