Rory Keenan

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Rory Keenan
Born (1980-06-09) 9 June 1980 (age 38)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
Years active1999–present

Rory Keenan (born June 9, 1980) is an Irish actor.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dublin, Ireland, he attended CUS secondary school in Dublin city centre and the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College.


Primarily a stage actor, he has worked extensively in theatre in London. As well as frequently performing in the West End, he has worked in film and TV from a young age. Most recently he has performed in BAM, New York and Wyndhams Theatre in the West End as Jamie in Long Day's Journey Into Night directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and at The Donmar Warehouse in Saint Joan and Welcome Home Captain Fox![1] He was also seen recently in BBC's War & Peace and Peaky Blinders

Previous work at The Royal National Theatre includes The Kitchen, Damned By Despair and Liola, as well as the acclaimed Philadelphia Here I Come[2] and Dublin Carol at the Donmar Warehouse.

He has performed many leading roles in Ireland, having worked from an early age at The Abbey Theatre, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth. He was also named Best Supporting Actor at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards[3] for his role in The Last Days Of The Celtic Tiger

On television he appeared as Eric in RTE's 2017 drama Striking Out[4] and in 2018 as Leopold in the BBC's Versailles.



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Versailles Leopold 8 episodes
2017 Come Home Tomlinson 2 episodes
2017-18 Striking Out Eric 10 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Simon 2 episodes
2016 War & Peace Bilibin 4 episodes
2014 Peaky Blinders Donal 3 episodes
2012 Birdsong Brennan TV mini series
2011 Primeval Michael 1 episode
2005 Showbands Keith TV mini series
2003 The Clinic Michael 6 episodes
2001-02 On Home Ground Kevin King 16 episodes
1999 Aristocrats George TV mini series


Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Young Messiah The Demon
2016 Grimsby James Thurbeck
2012 Earthbound Gordon
2012 Keys To The City Paul
2011 National Theatre Live: The Kitchen Kevin
2011 The Guard McBride
2010 Windows Terry Short film
2010 The Crush Boyfriend nominated Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film[5]
2009 One Hundred Mornings Mark
2009 Zonad Guy Hendrickson
2006 Pride And Joy Rory Lawlor
2005 Showbands Keith TV movie
2005 Still Life Man Short film
2004 Ella Enchanted Otto
2003 Intermission Anthony Lowry
2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question Of Honor Malitiaman TV movie
2002 Reign Of Fire Devon


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2018 Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone Jr. Wyndham's Theatre
2016 Saint Joan The Inquisitor Donmar Warehouse
2016 The Seagull Trigorin Dublin Theatre Festival
2016 Welcome Home Captain Fox Gene Donmar Warehouse
2015 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward Chichister Festival Theatre
2013 Liola Liola Royal National Theatre
2012 Damned By Despair Pedrisco Royal National Theatre
2012 Philadelphia Here I Come Gar Private Donmar Warehouse
2012 Dublin Carol Mark Donmar Warehouse
2011 The Kitchen Kevin Royal National Theatre
2011 Lakeboat/Prairie du Chien Fred Arcola Theatre
2010 The Big Fellah Ruairi Lyric Hammersmith
2010 The Importance Of Being Earnest Jack Rough Magic/ Gaiety Theatre
2009 Macbeth Macbeth Siren Productions/The Empty Space
2009 The Last Days Of The Celtic Tiger Ronan Olympia Theatre Best Actor In Supporting Role, Irish Times Theatre Awards
2007 Don Carlos Don Carlos Rough Magic
2007 Saved Fred Abbey Theatre


  1. ^ "Rory Keenan | Interview —". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ "Review Round-Up: Critics crow for Philadelphia, Here I Come". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  3. ^ "Abbey Theatre leads Irish Times Theatre Awards | News | The Stage". The Stage. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  4. ^ "Rory Keenan "had a laugh" filming with Amy Huberman". 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  5. ^ "NI film 'The Crush' is shortlisted for an Oscar". BBC News. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2017-02-07.

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