Sean Campion

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Sean Campion
Born (1959-12-20) 20 December 1959 (age 62)

Sean Campion (born 20 December 1959) is an Irish actor known for his portrayal as Virginio Orsini in the historical drama television series Borgia. In theatre, he is best known for his portrayal as Jake Quinn in Marie Jones's Stones in His Pockets[1] which he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and for which he received a Drama Desk Special Award.[2][3] His notable feature film appearances are Goldfish Memory and Hallmark Hall of Fame's The Blackwater Lightship.


Television and film career[edit]

Campion first started his career in 1985, in the television film Cúirt an Mheán Oíche which is based on Siobhan McKenna's dramatic adaptation of Brian Merriman's 18th century poem. In 1988, he starred in the RTÉ One/Channel 4 four-part television miniseries period drama, Echoes, based on the novel of the same name by Maeve Binchy.[4]

In 2003, Campion starred in Goldfish Memory, about a small group of characters experiencing relationships which build and crumble before the viewers eyes.[5] The following year in 2004, Campion appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie adaptation of Colm Tóibín's novel The Blackwater Lightship, alongside Angela Lansbury, Dianne Wiest and Gina McKee. It aired on CBS on 4 February 2004.

In 2005, Campion guest-starred as Mike in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. He also guest-starred as Cliff Healy in the BBC One medical drama television series Holby City.[6]

In 2011, Campion has a recurring role as Virginio Orsini in the historical drama television series Borgia, which recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance.[7][8]

In 2014, Campion starred in the French film United Passions, about the origins of the world governing body of association football, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Theatre career[edit]

In 2009, Campion played Benedick in Timothy Sheader's production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, alongside Samantha Spiro, who played Beatrice.[9]

Campion played the role of the mother in Selma Dimitrijevic's production of her play titled Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone, alongside Scott Turnbull who played the role of the daughter, and presented by Grayscale.[10] The play revolves on what happens when people discover that parents are flawed human beings as people are, through the interactions of a mother (portrayed by Campion) and a daughter (portrayed by Turnbull).[11] In 2015 and 2016-2017 he also appeared in the premiere of All the Angels, a biographical play on the Dublin premiere of Handel's Messiah.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Most Important Solicitor
2003 Goldfish Memory Tom
2004 Timbuktu Cathal
2009 Why Don't You Dance? Tom Short film
Leaves Michael
2014 United Passions Werner Lutzi
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Blackwater Lightship Michael Breen Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie
2005 EastEnders Mike Episode: "8 April 2005"
2006 Holby City Mike Episode: "Roots"
2012 Vera Guthrie Episode "A Certain Samaritan"
2019 Father Brown Patrick O’Leary Episode "The House of God"


  1. ^ "20 Questions With…Sean Campion". What's On Stage. 2004. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "From the Desk of the Drama Desk". TheaterMania. 28 June 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Springtime at Drama Desk Awards". E! Online. 21 May 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ Sheehan, Helena (2004). The continuing story of Irish television drama: tracking the tiger. Four Courts Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-85182-688-9. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  5. ^ "DVDs of Albert Nobbs, Goldfish Memory and more". Windy City Media Group. 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Holby City: Season 8 Episode 16". Locate TV. 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Czech
  9. ^ "Samantha Spiro Plays Open Air Beatrice".
  10. ^ "Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone review – a mother and daughter … played by men". The Guardian. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone". Greyscale Theatre Company. 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.

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