Brían F. O'Byrne

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Brían F. O'Byrne
Born Brían Francis O'Byrne
(1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 49)
Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–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. He attended the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College in Dublin. He moved to New York City in 1990, and was cast in the Irish Repertory Theatre production of Philadelphia Here I Come.[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: A Parable (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, O'Byrne was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or 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.[3]

In 2012, O'Byrne was cast in the ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[4]

Personal life[edit]

O'Byrne is married to American actress Heather Goldenhersh, with whom he co-starred in the Broadway play Doubt: A Parable. The couple has two daughters together, the first born in 2008, the second in 2010.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Avenue X Sonny short film
1997 Electricity Graham Crouch short film
1997 The Fifth Province Timmy
1997 The Last Bus Home Jessop
2000 An Everlasting Piece George
2001 Bandits Darill Miller
2001 Disco Pigs Gerry
2001 The Grey Zone Gestapo Interrogator, SS-Untersturmfuhrer
2001 Mapmaker Richie Markey
2003 Easy Mick McCabe
2003 Intermission Mick
2004 Million Dollar Baby Father Horvak
2005 In an Instant The Man
2005 The New World Lewes
2006 Bug Dr. Sweet
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Bobby
2007 No Reservations Sean
2009 The International The Consultant
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Ronny Rosario
2011 Season of the Witch Grandmaster uncredited
2013 Medeas Ennis
2014 Jimmy's Hall Commander O’Keefe
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 TV Film
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Liam Connors Episode: “Ghost”
2007 American Experience Alexander Hamilton Episode: “Alexander Hamilton”
2007–08 Brotherhood Colin 18 episodes
2009–10 FlashForward Aaron Stark 17 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 Gilded Lilys Edwin Lily unsuccessful television pilot
2013–14 Love/Hate D.I. Mick Moynihan 11 episodes
2015–16 Aquarius Ken Karn 20 episodes
2015 The Bastard Executioner Baron Ventris 2 episodes
2015 Exposed Quigg unsuccessful television pilot
2015 The Last Ship Sean Ramsey 8 episodes
2015 Saints & Strangers John Billington, Sr.
2016 The Magicians Mayakovsky

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 Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Mildred Pierce Nominated


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