Ciarán Hinds

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Ciarán Hinds
Ciaran hinds.jpg
Ciarán Hinds, 2008
Born (1953-02-09) 9 February 1953 (age 61)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Partner(s) Hélène Patarot (1987–present); 1 child

Ciarán Hinds (/ˈkɪərɔːn ˈhndz/ KEER-awn HYNDZ; born 9 February 1953) is an Irish film, television and stage actor. He has built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, Bud Hammond in Political Animals and Mance Rayder in Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones. As a stage actor, Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens' Theatre.[1][2] Adding to his New York Broadway theatre performances, Hinds starred in a production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Big Daddy in early 2013.

Early life[edit]

Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Brought up as a Catholic[3] in North Belfast, he was one of five children and the only son of his doctor father and schoolteacher mother. His mother, Moya, was also an amateur actress. He was an Irish dancer in his youth and was educated at Holy Family Primary School and St. Malachy's College. After leaving St. Malachy's, he enrolled as a law student at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB), but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen's to enrol at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).[4][5][6][7][8]

Career[edit]

Hinds began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in a 1976 production of Cinderella. He remained a frequent performer at the Citizens' Theatre during the late 1970s and through the mid-1980s. During this same period, Hinds also performed on stage in Ireland with the Abbey Theatre, the Field Day Theatre Company, the Druid Theatre, the Lyric Players' Theatre and at the Project Arts Centre. In 1987, he was cast by Peter Brook in The Mahabharata, a six-hour theatre piece that toured the world, and he also featured in its 1989 film version. Hinds almost missed the casting call in Paris due to difficulties renewing his Irish passport.[9] In the early 1990s, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He appeared in the title role of the RSC's 1993 production of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes; Mendes turned to Hinds as a last minute replacement for an injured Simon Russell Beale. Hinds gained his most popular recognition as a stage actor for his performance as Larry in the London and Broadway productions of Patrick Marber's Tony Award-nominated play Closer. In 1999, Hinds was awarded both the Theatre World Award for Best Debut in NYC and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Special Achievement (Best Ensemble Cast Performance) for his work in Closer. He was on stage in 2001 in The Yalta Game by Brian Friel at Dublin's Gate Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, which ran at the Booth Theatre from December 2007 through March 2008. In February 2009 Hinds took the leading role of General Sergei Kotov in Burnt by the Sun by Peter Flannery at London's National Theatre.[10] Hinds returned to the stage later in 2009 with a role in Conor McPherson's play The Birds, which opened at Dublin's Gate Theatre in September 2009.

Hinds made his feature film debut in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). He played Captain Frederick Wentworth in Jane Austen's Persuasion (1995), Jonathan Reiss in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), John Traynor in Veronica Guerin (2003), and Firmin in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Hinds also played Carl, a cover-up professional assisting a group of assassins, in Steven Spielberg's political thriller, Munich (2005). In 2006, he appeared in Michael Mann's film adaptation of the 80's television show, Miami Vice, and as Herod the Great in The Nativity Story.[11] In the 2006 film Amazing Grace, Hinds portrayed Sir Banastre Tarleton, one of the chief opponents of abolition of the slave trade in parliament. He starred in Margot at the Wedding, alongside Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh, in a drama-comedy about family secrets and relationships. He also appeared in There Will Be Blood (2007) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

On television, Hinds portrayed Gaius Julius Caesar in the first season of BBC/HBO's series, Rome (2006). He has also been featured in a number of made-for-television movies, including the role of Michael Henchard in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge (2004), for which he received the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Additional television performances include Edward Parker-Jones in the crime drama series Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Abel Mason in Dame Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried (1993), Jim Browner in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes episode The Cardboard Box (1994), Fyodor Glazunov in the science fiction miniseries Cold Lazarus (1996), Edward Rochester in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1997), the Knight Templar Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1997) and a portrayal of the French existentialist Albert Camus in Broken Morning (2003).

Hinds was featured in two notable television docudramas: Granada Television's 1990 docudrama Who Bombed Birmingham? in which Hinds portrayed Richard McIlkenny, a Belfastman falsely imprisoned for an IRA bombing; and HBO's 1993 docudrama Hostages, where he portrayed Irish writer and former hostage Brian Keenan. Hinds starred opposite Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion, a TV adaptation of Lynda La Plante's detective story, which aired in the United Kingdom in January 2009; he came back again as DCI Langton for Lynda La Plante's sequels The Red Dahlia in 2010, Deadly Intent in 2011 and Silent Scream in 2012. Hinds has performed in audiobook and radio productions as well. He performed as Valmont in the BBC Radio production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Hinds also narrated the Penguin Audiobook Ivanhoe. He also performed in Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter's Tale as part of The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, an audio production of Shakespeare's plays which won the 2004 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama. He read the short story "A Painful Case" for the Caedmon audio version of James Joyce's Dubliners.[citation needed]

Hinds played the role of Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth (replacing Jim McManus, who played the role in a cameo in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter series. Also in 2011, he appeared as David Peretz in the 1997 sections of The Debt alongside Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. Hinds played Roy Bland in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

In September 2011, Hinds returned to the Abbey Theatre Dublin, to star as Captain Jack Boyle in an acclaimed revival of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, alongside Sinéad Cusack as Juno. The production transferred to the National Theatre of Great Britain in November 2011 for a three-month run. He played "Joe" in the film The Shore (2011), written and directed by Terry George. The Shore won the Best Short Film, Live Action category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) in 2012.

In the 2012-2013 third season of Game of Thrones [12] Hinds was Mance Rayder, the "King Beyond The Wall". At Richard Rodger's NY Broadway theatre, he was Big Daddy to Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opened 17 January 2013,[13][14][15] previews from 18 December 2012.

In the summer of 2013, he performed at the Donmar Warehouse in London in the premiere production of The Night Alive, a play by Conor McPherson, which transferred in November 2013, with Hinds in the lead role, to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.

Personal life[edit]

Hinds lives in Paris with his long-time partner, Hélène Patarot; they met in 1987 while in the cast of Peter Brook's production of The Mahabharata. They have a daughter, Aoife, born in 1991.[16]

Hinds is a close friend of fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson and served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Neeson's wife, actress Natasha Richardson, in upstate New York on 22 March 2009.[17]

Other[edit]

Hinds has become Patron of the charity YouthAction Northern Ireland.[18] YouthAction's Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts is a youth arts projects with 450 young people taking part in a range of workshops and classes. Hinds' mother, Moya, is also a patron and has been a supporter of the charity for many years.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Excalibur King Lot Credited as Ciaran Hinds
1989 Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, TheThe Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Cory
1991 December Bride Frank Echlin
1993 The Man Who Cried Abel Mason
1995 Persuasion Captain Frederick Wentworth
1995 Circle of Friends Professor Flynn
1996 Mary Reilly Sir Danvers Carew Credited as Ciaran Hinds
1996 Some Mother's Son Danny Boyle
1997 Life of Stuff, TheThe Life of Stuff David Arbogast
1997 Jane Eyre Edward Fairfax Rochester
1997 Oscar and Lucinda Rev. Dennis Hasset Credited as Ciaran Hinds
1998 Titanic Town Aidan McPhelimy
1999 Lost Son, TheThe Lost Son Carlos
1999 The Lost Lover Adam
2000 Jason and the Argonauts King Aeson
2000 Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of Water Louis Wagner
2002 Sum of All Fears, TheThe Sum of All Fears President Alexander Nemerov
2002 Road to Perdition Finn McGovern
2003 Veronica Guerin John Traynor
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Jonathan Reiss
2003 Calendar Girls Rod
2003 Statement, TheThe Statement Pochon
2004 Mickybo & Me Jonjo's Da
2004 Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the Opera Richard Firmin
2005 Munich Carl
2006 Miami Vice FBI Agent John Fujima
2006 Amazing Grace Lord Tarleton
2006 Tiger's Tail, TheThe Tiger's Tail Father Andy
2006 Nativity Story, TheThe Nativity Story King Herod
2007 Hallam Foe Julius Foe
2007 Margot at the Wedding Dick Koosman
2007 There Will Be Blood Fletcher
2008 In Bruges The Priest Uncredited
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Joe Blomfield
2008 Stop-Loss Roy King
2008 Cash Barnes
2008 Tale of Despereaux, TheThe Tale of Despereaux Botticelli Voice role
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Henry Burke
2009 Eclipse, TheThe Eclipse Michael Farr Best Actor Award 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
2009 Life During Wartime Bill Maplewood
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Aberforth Dumbledore Took over the role from Jim McManus
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Aberforth Dumbledore
2011 Debt, TheThe Debt David Peretz
2011 Rite, TheThe Rite Father Xavier
2011 Salvation Boulevard Jim Hunt
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Roy Bland
2011 Shore, TheThe Shore Joe
2012 Woman in Black, TheThe Woman in Black Sam Daily
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Roarke (a guise of The Devil) Took over the role from Peter Fonda
2012 John Carter Tardos Mors
2013 Closed Circuit Devlin
2013 The Sea Max Morden
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Spencer Ludlow
2013 Frozen Troll King Voice role
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Waitler Voice role
2014 Last Days in the Desert Post-production
2015 Agent 47 Scientist Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Our Boys Brother
1989 Tales From The Crypt Jack Lynch Season 7, episode 11, Confession
1989 The Mahabharata Ashwattaman
1990 Who Bombed Birmingham? Richard McIlkenny
1990 The Play on One Martin Pitt Episode 16, Yellowbacks
1992 Perfect Scoundrels (TV series) Jack Vosper Season 3, episode 6, The Good-Bye Look
1992 Between the Lines Det. Insp. Micky Flynn Season 1, episode 1, Private Enterprise
1993 Hostages Brian Keenan
1993 The Man Who Cried Abel Mason
1993 Prime Suspect 3 Edward Parker-Jones
1993 Soldier, Soldier Clive Hickey Season 3, episode 7, Trouble and Strife
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Jim Browner Season 1, episode 6, The Cardboard Box
1994 A Dark-Adapted Eye Paolo
1994 Seaforth John Stacey TV series
1995 Rules of Engagement Cambell Ferguson
1995 The Affair Edward Leyland
1995 Persuasion Captain Frederick Wentworth
1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation Lucifer / Satan Episode: Creation and the Flood Voice only
1996 Cold Lazarus Fyodor
1997 Jane Eyre Edward Rochester
1997 Ivanhoe Brian de Bois-Guilbert
1998 Getting Hurt Charlie Cross
2000 Jason And The Argonauts King Aeson
2000 The Sleeper Fergus Moon
2000 Thursday the 12th Marius Bannister
2003 Broken Morning Albert Camus
2004 The Mayor of Casterbridge Michael Henchard Credited as Ciaran Hinds
2005 Rome Gaius Julius Caesar
2009 Above Suspicion DCI James Langton
2010 Above Suspicion:The Red Dahlia DCI James Langton
2011 Above Suspicion:Deadly Intent DCS James Langton
2012 Above Suspicion: Silent Scream DCS James Langton
2012 Political Animals Bud Hammond
2013- Game of Thrones Mance Rayder

Theatre[edit]

Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company[edit]

1976–77
1977–78
1978–79
1980–81
1982–83
1983 (autumn)
1985
1986
1988

Other Theatre[edit]

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts[edit]

1975
  • Anton Chekhov The Seagull Peter Watson Konstantin (Kostya)
  • Anonymous Arden of Faversham Geoff Bullen Black Will
  • John Wilson Hamp Euan Smith Prosecutive Officer
  • Caryl Churchill Objections to Sex and Violence Arrogant pseudo-intellectual
1976

Lyric Theatre, Belfast[edit]

1977–78
1978–79
  • Brian Clark Whose Life is it Anyway? Tony Dinner Philip Hill (the solicitor)
  • Mary O'Malley Once a Catholic Michael Poynor Derek (a Teddy Boy)
1983
  • Jennifer Johnston Indian Summer Robert Cooper Cathal Dillon

Project Arts Centre, Dublin[edit]

1979–80
1981
1982

Greenwich Theatre, London[edit]

1984
  • John Webster The White Devil Philip Prowse Lodovico
  • William Congreve Way of the World Giles Havergal Fainall
  • Anton Chekhov The Seagull Philip Prowse Trigorin
1986
  • Thomas Otway The Orphan Philip Prowse Castalio

Royal Shakespeare Company[edit]

1990–91
  • Tirso de Molina/Nick Dear The Last Days of Don Juan Danny Boyle Don Pedro Tenorio
  • Christopher Marlowe Edward II Gerard Murphy Roger Mortimer
  • Richard Nelson Two Shakespearean Actors Roger Michell Dion Boucicault
  • William Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida Sam Mendes Achilles
1993

Abbey/Peacock Theatres, Dublin[edit]

1979
  • J. Graham Reid The Death of Humpty Dumpty Patrick Mason Doctor
1987
  • Peter Sheridan Dialann Ocrais/Diary Of A Hunger Strike Peter Sheridan O'Connor
1989
  • William Butler Yeats Cuchulain Cycle James W. Flannery Cuchulain
2011

Royal National Theatre, London[edit]

1993
  • Sophie Treadwell Machinal Stephen Daldry The Young Man
1997
2009
2011

Others[edit]

1981
  • Anton Chekhov/Thomas Kilroy The Seagull Patrick Mason Konstantin Grand Opera House, Belfast
1982
  • James Ellis/W.B. Yeats On Baile's Strand Christopher Fitz-Simon Cuchulain Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
  • Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot Ben Barnes Estragon Belltable Arts Centre
  • Liz Lochhead Blood and Ice Kenny Ireland Byron/the Monster Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh
1984
  • Tom Paulin The Riot Act (Antigone) Stephen Rea Chorus Leader Field Day Touring Company, Derry
  • Derek Mahon High Time (School for Husbands) Wolk and Long High Tech Field Day Touring Company
1985
  • John Ford Tis Pity She's a Whore Garry Hynes Giovanni Druid Theatre Company, Galway
  • Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Garry Hynes John Worthing Druid Theatre Company
1986
  • Shane Connaughton I Do Like To Be Jeff Teare David The Irish Company
  • Frank McGuinness Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme Michael Attenborough George Anderson Hampstead Theatre, London
1987
  • Adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière Mahabharata Peter Brook Ashwattaman/Nakula World Tour
1992
  • Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman Assassins Sam Mendes Samuel Byck Donmar Warehouse, London
1995
  • Sam Sheppard Simpatico James MacDonald Vinnie Royal Court Theatre, London
1999
  • Patrick Marber Closer (Broadway production) Patrick Marber Larry Music Box Theatre, New York
2001
  • Chekhov/Brian Friel The Yalta Game Karel Reisz Gurov Gate Theatre, Dublin
2007
  • Conor McPherson The Seafarer Conor McPherson Mr Lockhart Booth Theatre, New York
2009
  • Conor McPherson The Birds Conor McPherson Nat Gate Theatre, Dublin

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "',Festive T.V. Back from the Dead', Manchester Online". Ciaranhinds.eu. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
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  5. ^ http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourismguides/docs/MyBelfast.pdf
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  7. ^ "Star Ciarán's early career was a drag". Belfast Telegraph. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
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  10. ^ Coveney, Michael (5 March 2009). "Burnt By The Sun, National Theatre, London". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Strain, Arthur (6 December 2006). "Star shines in Herod nativity role". BBC News. Retrieved 30 Apxxril 2010. 
  12. ^ 'Game of Thrones' casts 'Rome' actor as Mance Rayder
  13. ^ Hughes, Mark (18 January 2013). "UK Telegraph review of NY "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Hampton, Wilborn (18 January 2013). "Huffington Post review of "Big Daddy" in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "UK Guardian review of NY "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Tribune.ie". Ciaranhinds.eu. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Northern Ireland". YouthAction. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

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