Paddy Considine

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Paddy Considine
Considine in 2023
Patrick George Considine

(1973-09-05) 5 September 1973 (age 50)
Alma materUniversity of Brighton
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • musician
Years active1999–present
Shelley Insley
(m. 2002)

Patrick George Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, director, and screenwriter. He has received two British Academy Film Awards, three Evening Standard British Film Awards, British Independent Film Awards and a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

His first major onscreen appearance was in his first collaboration with filmmaker/director Shane Meadows, was in A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), and was Alfie in Paweł Pawlikowski's Last Resort (2000). Other credits include Doctor Sleep (2002), 24 Hour Party People (2002), In America (2003), My Summer of Love (2004), Dead Man's Shoes (2004), winning the 2005 Empire Award for Best British Actor, and a nomination for the BIFA Award for Best Actor. He wrote and directed Dog Altogether (2007), winning a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film, and its 2011 feature film adaptation Tyrannosaur which won BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. He directed and starred in Journeyman.

On stage, Considine received Olivier Awards and Tony Award nominations as Best Actor in 2018 and 2019 for his performances in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, at the Gielgud Theatre, and at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. On television, Considine has been lead in Pu-239 (2006), My Zinc Bed (2008), Red Riding (2009), Informer (2018), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher series of television films (2013-2014). Other television credits include Peaky Blinders (2016), The Outsider (2020), The Third Day (2020), and most notably he played a lead role as King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon (2022).

Early life[edit]

Considine was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, where he still resides.[1][2] He grew up with his brother and four sisters in a council estate in Winshill, a village of Burton.[2][3] His father, Martin Joseph Considine, was Irish.[4] Considine attended, among other schools, Abbot Beyne Senior School and Burton College. In 1990, he enrolled to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Burton College, where he first met Shane Meadows.[1][3]

In 1994, Considine moved away to study photography at the University of Brighton. While there he studied under social documentarian Paul Reas, who described one project, portraits of Considine's parents in their house in Winshill, as "fucking brilliant".[2] At one point, Considine was threatened with expulsion, but graduated with a first-class BA.[1][2]

Acting career[edit]

After graduating from university, Meadows cast Considine in several short films, as well as his second film, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999). Considine, in his screen debut, played the disturbed character Morell.[5] Considine's performance in the film led to Paweł Pawlikowski casting him in his first starring role in Last Resort (2000). Considine played the lead role as love-struck misfit Alfie, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.[6] Considine increased his profile during the early to mid-2000s with supporting and starring roles in cult films such as 24 Hour Party People and In America.

In 2004, Considine starred in what was then the most significant role of his career, as Richard in Meadows' revenge film Dead Man's Shoes (2004), a film he cowrote[7][5] and for which he won the Best British Actor Award at the 2005 Empire Awards.[5] In the same year, he starred in My Summer of Love, his second film with director Pawel Pawlikowski. Both films were recognised on the award circuit, where Considine earned five nominations and two wins. The following year, Considine played Frank Thorogood (the suspected murderer of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones) in Stoned (2005). It was around this time that Considine earned his reputation as a popular portrayer of cinema villains, antiheroes, and darker characters. 2005 also saw the release of Considine's second Hollywood film, Cinderella Man.[8]

Considine appeared in the Spanish thriller Bosque de Sombras (2006). It was during the filming of this that Considine penned what later became his debut short, Dog Altogether. Considine claims that it was his co-star Gary Oldman who gave him the confidence to make the film, which led to him thanking Oldman during his BAFTA acceptance speech. In 2006, he starred in Pu-239 as Timofey Berezin, a worker at a Russian nuclear facility who gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In 2007, Considine landed roles in two popular big-budget films; the third film in the Bourne Trilogy film series, The Bourne Ultimatum, in which he played newspaper reporter Simon Ross,[7] and Hot Fuzz, in which he had his first comedic role as DS Andy Wainwright. In 2008, Considine starred in My Zinc Bed a TV film for BBC / HBO. In 2009, he starred as Peter Hunter in the Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1980, based on the novels by David Peace, and another collaboration with Meadows, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, a film which was unscripted, adlibbed, and filmed in five days at a cost of £48,000, and which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[3]

In 2011, Considine starred in a film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's book Submarine, which Richard Ayoade wrote and directed.[9] Also in 2011, Considine appeared as Porter Nash in the adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel Blitz, as well as starring as Jack Whicher in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, written by Helen Edmundson and Neil McKay. In the same year, Considine was briefly reunited with one of his A Room for Romeo Brass co-stars, BAFTA-winning actress Vicky McClure. The two shared the screen in a television advert to promote "Films for Life Season". The ad was shot over two days in Spain.[10]

He has appeared in several music videos, most notably "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (2002) by Coldplay and Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (2003),[6] as well as the Arctic Monkeys track "Leave Before the Lights Come On" (2006), for which he wrote the video.[3]

Considine starred in The World's End, as one of the "Five Musketeers" reattempting an "epic" pub crawl. Considine previously worked with the cast and crew on Hot Fuzz (2007). The film was released in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2013, and the United States on 23 August 2013.[11] In August 2015, Considine confirmed that he was writing the screenplay for the film Journeyman, in which he will also star. It is an adaptation of non-fiction novel The Years of the Locust by Jon Hotten, the true story of a sociopathic boxing promoter, Fat Rick Parker, and his doomed relationship with his naive fighter, Tim Anderson.[12] Considine is also writing a film from a ghost story called The Leaning,[13] with plans to direct both films. He will continue to work with Shane Meadows on King of the Gypsies, a biopic of bare-knuckle fighter Bartley Gorman, whom Considine met and became friends with whilst working as a photographer.[7] In 2015, Considine was cast along Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton in the UK zombie film in The Girl with All the Gifts, based on the 2014 novel The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey.[14]

In April 2017, Considine made his professional stage debut in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, ahead of a transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.[15][16][17]

The production transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway, beginning previews on 2 October 2018. The play, which went on to win four Tony Awards, closed on 7 July 2019.[18][19] For his performance as Quinn Carney Considine gained nominations for best actor at both the Olivier Awards and The Tony Awards. In 2020, he portrayed Mr Martin in the HBO Mini-Series The Third Day alongside Jude Law.[20]

In August 2022, Considine began appearing as King Viserys Targaryen[21] in the Game of Thrones series prequel House of the Dragon.[22] Considine will portray Brendan Ingle in the upcoming biographical sports drama Giant opposite Mena Massoud as Naseem Hamed.[23]

Filmmaking career[edit]

Dog Altogether/Tyrannosaur[edit]

In 2007, Considine wrote and directed his first short film Dog Altogether, starring Peter Mullan, partially based on Considine's father. Dog Altogether it won the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Short Film, as well as a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, a Best British Short at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize),[7] He later developed the short into his first feature length directorial debut Tyrannosaur with Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan resuming the story of the characters first presented in 'Dog Altogether'. Mark Kermode of BBC Radio 5 Live, hailed the film as one of the 11 Best Films of 2011.Kermode, Mark (6 January 2012). "Mark Kermode's film blog: Eleven from Eleven". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2016. Kermode went on to award Olivia Colman Best Actress in his own Annual Kermode Awards.[24] She tied with Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin.[24]

By 18 December 2011, the film had won 21 awards from 28 nominations worldwide. The Guardian included the film in its shortlist for the First Film Award for 2012.[25]

When the BAFTA Award nominations were announced on 17 January 2012, the omission of Olivia Colman in the Best Actress category led to global trending of both Olivia Colman and Tyrannosaur on Twitter.[26] as well as a World Cinema Directing Award for his feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.


Paddy's Follow-up film; 2017's Journeyman (film) which was written and directed and starred Paddy alongside Jodie Whittaker and, although less well received than Tyrannosaur it had a huge impact within the fighting community leading to Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping citing watching Journeyman whilst on a flight, being the key driver to his retirement from the sport.[27]

Musical career[edit]

After a short stint during college in a virtual comedy thrash group called 'Grunt', Considine and Shane Meadows formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by the Black Crowes song of the same name) with friends Richard Eaton, Simon Hudson, and Nick Hemming (later of The Leisure Society), with Meadows as vocalist and Considine as drummer.[3] Considine left the band, the remaining members re-formed, calling themselves Oslo. Appearing on Jools Holland's show, whilst Considine had moved on to study photography at the University of Brighton, where he formed a new group, a Britpop band called Pedestrians.[12] His rock band called Riding the Low,[2] released an EP They Will Rob You of Your Gifts (2009),[3][28] and an album What Happened to the Get To Know Ya? (2013).

Considine and Riding the Low got their big music break in 2014 after Tim Burgess of the Charlatans invited them to perform at his curated Tim Peaks Diner event at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion, Wales. Considine had contacted Burgess after reading his book Telling Stories, to discuss meditation. "The conversation developed and Tim generously offered to let us play at Portmeirion, It led to the band supporting the Charlatans at the O2 Academy in Leicester this year. I didn't get stage fright. We were ready. We did our history off-camera. We have evolved. We have got better. At first, it was raw – all we had was arrogance. We had a long way to go and we learnt our craft at all these pub gigs. We didn't expect a leg-up just because an actor is in the band." said Considine[12]

2016 saw the band release their second full-length album Are Here to Help the Neighbourhood, recorded in Rockfield Studios and produced by Bassist Chris Slusarenko of Boston Spaceships and Guided By Voices. Considine penned the words while the band wrote the music.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Considine remains private in his personal life and once said if he ever became a celebrity, he would "disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day-Lewis" (a reference to Day-Lewis' sabbatical working as a shoemaker in Italy).[29] In 2002, Considine married Shelley Insley, with whom he has been in a relationship since he was 18. They have three children. Considine still lives in his home town of Burton upon Trent with his family.[7][30]


In April 2011, then in his 30s, Considine revealed that he had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.[31][32]


Paddy Considine at The World's End Premiere, Leicester Square, July 10, 2013


Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Morell
2000 Last Resort Alfie
Born Romantic Ray
2001 Happy Now? Glen Marcus
The Martins Hatfield Recorder Editor
2002 24 Hour Party People Rob Gretton
Close Your Eyes Elliot Spruggs
My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 Him Short film
Bouncer Knife Man Short film
2003 In America Johnny
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Richard Also writer
My Summer of Love Phil
2005 Cinderella Man Mike Wilson
Stoned Frank Thorogood
2006 Bosque de Sombras Norman
Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
This Is England Uncredited writer
2007 Hot Fuzz DS Andy Wainwright
The Bourne Ultimatum Simon Ross
Dog Altogether Short film; writer/director
2009 The Cry of the Owl Robert Forrester
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Le Donk
2010 Submarine Graham T. Purvis
2011 Blitz Sgt. Porter Nash
Tyrannosaur Writer/director
2012 Girl on a Bicycle Derek
The Bourne Legacy Simon Ross Uncredited; archive footage
Now Is Good Father
2013 The World's End Steven Prince[33]
The Double Jack as PT Kommander Uncredited[34]
2014 Honour Bounty Hunter[35]
Pride Dai Donovan
2015 Child 44 Vladimir Malevich
Miss You Already Jago
Macbeth Banquo
2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Sergeant Eddie Parks
2017 The Death of Stalin Comrade Andreyev
Journeyman Matty Burton Writer/director
Funny Cow Angus
2019 How to Build a Girl Pat Morrigan
2021 Wolf The Zookeeper
TBA Heads of State Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow Television film
2006 Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 Peter Hunter
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House Detective Inspector Jack Whicher
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane
2014 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: 'Til Death Do Us Part
2016 Peaky Blinders Father John Hughes 4 episodes
2018 Informer Gabe Waters Miniseries[36]
2020 The Outsider Claude Bolton/The Outsider Miniseries; 10 episodes
The Third Day Mr. Martin Miniseries; 6 episodes
2022 House of the Dragon Viserys I Targaryen Main role; 9 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2017 The Ferryman Quinn Carney Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre. London.
2018 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. New York.

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Notes
2003 Coldplay "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
2003 Moloko "Familiar Feeling"
2006 Arctic Monkeys "Leave Before the Lights Come On" Also writer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival Award Best Actor (tied with Misel Maticevic) Last Resort Won
2003 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor In America Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
Best Screenplay (shared with Shane Meadows) Nominated
Best Supporting Actor/Actress My Summer of Love Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year In America Nominated
Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2005 Empire Awards Best British Actor Dead Man's Shoes Won
Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Won
London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Award Best Actor In America Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Supporting Actor of the Year Cinderella Man Nominated
2007 Venice Film Festival Award Silver Lion – Best Short Film Dog Altogether Won
British Independent Film Award Best British Short Film Won
Seattle International Film Festival Award Special Jury Prize, Narrative Won
Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Best British Short Film Nominated
2008 BAFTA Awards Best Short Film Won
2011 Sundance International Film Festival Award The World Cinema Award for Directing: Dramatic Tyrannosaur Won
Nantucket Film Festival Award Best Writer/Director Won
Munich Film Festival CineVision Award Outstanding Debut Feature Won
Voices Festival of independent European Cinema Voices Festival Prize: Best Film Won
Dinard British Film Festival France The Golden Hitchcock: Grand Jury Prize/Ciné+ Award Won
The Allianz Award: Best Screenplay Won
Zagreb Film Festival Croatia T-Com Audience Award: Best Film Won
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece Fischer Audience Award (For a film in the Open Horizons section) Won
Mar del Plata Film Festival Jury Special Award Won
Silver Astor for Best Screenplay Won
Argentine Film Critics Association ACCA Award Won
SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) Award Nominated
Stockholm Film Festival Best First Feature Won
British Independent Film Awards Best British Independent Film Won
Best Director Nominated
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) Won
Best Achievement in Production Nominated
International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best Screenplay: Original Nominated
Best First Feature Won
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best International Film Nominated
The Guardian First Film Award Best First Film Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards The Virgin Atlantic Award – Breakthrough British Film-Maker Nominated
British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Won
Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Jameson Empire Awards Best British Film Nominated
Bucharest International Film Festival Best Film Won
Critics' Choice Award Won
Transilvania International Film Festival FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award Won
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Screenplay Nominated
2017 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Journeyman Nominated
2018 Olivier Awards Best Actor The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre Nominated
2019 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play The Ferryman at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway, Nominated
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Nominated


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