Michael Colgan (actor)

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Michael Colgan is a Keady, County Armagh, Northern Ireland-born actor and novelist.

Colgan's birthname is Michael Hughes. He adopted his stage name as there was already an actor named Michael Hughes registered with the Actors' Equity Association.

Colgan was educated at Saint Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he read English. He studied at l'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and now lives in London.

A notable early performance in Saint Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh was the role of Harpagon in Molière's L'Avare, which was performed entirely in French. After theatre school in Paris he went back to Ireland to work with his younger brother, film director Enda Hughes, in 1996 in the feature film The Eliminator.

Colgan starred in the 2002 feature film This Is Not a Love Song directed by Bille Eltringham. He also spent a year working in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and has appeared in several television productions, including Rebel Heart and Sunday (2002) for the BBC.[1]

Colgan has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in productions at the Royal Exchange, the Abbey Theatre, the Lyric Players' Theatre, Belfast, the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, the Young Vic and the Tricycle Theatre.

In 2009 he was appearing at the Young Vic in Rupert Goold's critically acclaimed production of King Lear starring Pete Postlethwaite.[2]

In 2013, Colgan played Richard Webb in the drama series What Remains. In 2014 he appeared in the first episode of the Channel 5 detective drama Suspects (TV series).

In 2016, Colgan published his first novel, The Countenance Divine, under his real name Michael Hughes.[3]


  1. ^ "Charisma on the Stand: An Interview with Michael Colgan by Rada Djurica". Wild Violet. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Case study: Michael Colgan, actor". Creative Choices. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "John Murray acquires 'ambitious, genre-blending' British debut". Retrieved 9 October 2016. 

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