Mullan at BAFTA in Scotland, 2005
2 November 1959 |
Peter Mullan (born 2 November 1959) is a Scottish actor, filmmaker and socialist. He is known for his acting role in My Name Is Joe, winning Best Actor Award at 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Mullan appeared as supporting or guest actor in numerous cult movies, including Ken Loach's Riff-Raff, Mel Gibson's Braveheart, Danny Boyle's Trainspotting , Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, Steven Spielberg's War Horse and Harry Potter film series.
He is also acclaimed art house movie director, winning Golden Lion at 59th Venice International Film Festival for The Magdalene Sisters, listed by many critics among best films of 2003, and Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival for Neds.
Mullan was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the son of Patricia (a nurse) and Charles Mullan (a lab technician at Glasgow University). The second youngest of eight children, Mullan was brought up in a working class Roman Catholic family. They later moved to Mosspark, a district in Glasgow. An alcoholic and sufferer from lung cancer, Mullan's father became increasingly tyrannical and abusive. For a brief period, Mullan was a member of a street gang while at secondary school, and worked as a bouncer in a number of south-side pubs. His father died on the day Mullan began studying economic history and drama at the University of Glasgow.
Mullan began acting at university and continued stage acting after graduation. He had roles in films such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Braveheart and Riff-Raff. His first full-length film, Orphans, won an award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002, he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters, based on life in an Irish Magdalene asylum. Mullan won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.
Mullan's role as a recovering alcoholic in My Name Is Joe won him the Best Actor Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. He appeared in the lead role in 2001's Session 9. In 2004, he starred in On a Clear Day and Criminal. He also played Michel Scot in the BBC series Shoebox Zoo. In 2006, he had a small role in Children of Men. In 2007, he played a prominent role in the Channel 4 adaptation of Boy A, and starred as James Connolly in the movie Connolly.
He co-starred in the Red Riding Trilogy and in two seasons of the ITV crime drama The Fixer. Mullan appeared in the last two Harry Potter films as Yaxley, and starred in Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur. His latest film as director, Neds, was released in October 2010. He also appeared in the Steven Spielberg 2011 film War Horse. In December 2012, he starred in Channel 4's four-part drama series The Fear.
Mullan is a lifelong supporter of Celtic Football Club. A Marxist, he was a leading figure in the left-wing theatre movement which blossomed in Scotland during the Conservative Thatcher government, including stints in the 7:84 and Wildcat Theatre companies. A passionate critic of Tony Blair's New Labour government, he told The Guardian "the TUC and the Labour Party sold us [the working class] out big style, unashamedly so". Mullan took part in a 2005 occupation of the Glasgow offices of the UK Immigration Service, protesting against the UKIS's "dawn raid" tactics when deporting failed asylum seekers.
In January 2009, Mullan joined other actors in protesting against the BBC's refusal to screen a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza. They told BBC director general Mark Thompson: "Like millions of others, we are absolutely appalled at the decision to refuse to broadcast the appeal. We will never work for the BBC again unless this disgraceful decision is reversed. We will urge others from our profession and beyond to do likewise." Mullan has agreed to appear in an adaptation of Iain Banks’ Stonemouth after the BBC aired a DEC appeal for Gaza in late 2014. 
Mullan was a supporter of the Yes Scotland campaign in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014. In 2015 he criticised the BBC for "horrendous bias" against the Yes campaign and told the Radio Times that the broadcaster had "broke his heart".
Peter has three children from his long-term partner Anne Swan.
|1990||The Big Man||Vince|
|1991||Riff Raff||Jake||European Film Award for Best European Film|
|Good Day for the Bad Guys||John||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1996||Trainspotting||Swanney "Mother Superior"|
|1997||Poor Angels||Gordon||Short film|
|Fairy Tale: A True Story||Sergeant Farmer|
|My Name Is Joe||Joe Kavanagh||Cannes Award for Best Actor|
|Mauvaise passe||Patricia's husband|
|2000||Ordinary Decent Criminal||Stevie|
|Claim, TheThe Claim||Daniel Dillon|
|2001||Session 9||Gordon Fleming|
|2002||Magdalene Sisters, TheThe Magdalene Sisters||Mr O'Connor||Yes||Yes||Winner of Golden Lion|
|2003||Young Adam||Les Gault|
|Kiss of Life||John|
|2004||Out of This World||Jim|
|2005||On a Clear Day||Frank Redmond|
|Children of Men||Syd|
|2007||Last Legion, TheThe Last Legion||Odoacer|
|Dog Altogether||Joseph||Short film|
|2008||Stone of Destiny||Ian's dad|
|2009||Red Riding: 1974||Martin Laws|
|Red Riding: 1980||Martin Laws|
|Red Riding: 1983||Martin Laws|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Yaxley|
|Neds||Mr. McGill||Yes||Yes||Winner of Golden Shell|
|2011||Tyrannosaur||Joseph||World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic (Male)|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Yaxley|
|War Horse||Ted Narracott|
|2013||Sunshine on Leith||Robert Henshaw|
|Welcome to the Punch||Roy Edwards|
|2017||Jungle Book: Origins||Akela||Filming|
|1990||Your Cheatin Heart||Tonto||Series 1, Episodes 3–5|
|1990||Taggart||Peter Latimer||Series 5, Episode 2 and Series 6, Episode 3|
|1992||Rab C. Nesbitt||Peter the Warlock||Series 2, Episode 6|
|1994||The Priest and the Pirate||Billy Hill|
|1995||Harry||Jimmy||Series 2, Episode 6|
|1997||Longest Memory, TheThe Longest Memory||Sanders Sr.||Whitbread First Novel Award for First Novel|
|2003||This Little Life||Consultant|
|2003||Richard & Judy||Himself|
|2004||Shoebox Zoo||Michael Scot|
|2005||Sunday Morning Shootout||Himself||Series 2, Episode 15|
|2007||British Film Forever||Himself||Series 1, Episode 3|
|2007||Trial of Tony Blair, TheThe Trial of Tony Blair||Gordon Brown|
|2008–09||Fixer, TheThe Fixer||Lenny Douglas||Series 1–2|
|2009||Scotland on Screen||Himself|
|2012||Fear, TheThe Fear||Richie Beckett|
|2013||Top of the Lake||Matt Mitcham||Series Regular
Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Miniseries or Telemovie
Nominated - AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||Jim O'Casey||HBO miniseries, episodes 1-3|
|TBA||Quarry||The Broker||Upcoming series|
References and notes
- Sources differ as to Mullan's exact birthdate; the Internet Movie Database states 2 November 1959.
- "Peter Mullan Biography (1960–)" Yahoo.com (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- "Biography: Peter Mullan", FilmReference.com (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- Malcolm, Derek; "Sins of the sisters", Guardian.co.uk 16 September 2002 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- Ramsey, Nancy (27 July 2003). "An Abuse Scandal With Nuns As Villains". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
- Matheou, Demetrios; "Local Hero" Guardian.co.uk, 7 January 2001 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- "Peter Mullan & Anne-Marie Duff" FutureMovies.co.uk, 9 July 2003 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- "Festival de Cannes: My Name Is Joe". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
- "The Players: Peter Mullan" Guardian.co.uk (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- "Protesters in 'asylum raid' demo" news.BBC.co.uk, 2 November 2005 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- English, Paul; "Peter Mullan and other stars to boycott BBC over Gaza charity snub" DailyRecord.co.uk, 27 January 2009 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
- "Peter Mullan: I would love to do more comedy in the future" Metro.co.uk (Retrieved: 14 September 2015)
- "Peter Mullan: BBC showed 'horrendous bias' in Scottish referendum coverage" Guardian.co.uk (Retrieved: 14 September 2015)