Tommy Flanagan (actor)

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Tommy Flanagan
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Born (1965-07-03) 3 July 1965 (age 57)
Easterhouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1992–present
Rachel Flanagan
(m. 1998; div. 2001)
Jane Ford
(m. 2007; div. 2010)
Dina Flanagan
(m. 2010)

Thomas Flanagan (born 3 July 1965) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his role as Filip "Chibs" Telford in the FX crime drama television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014) and its spin-off Mayans M.C. (2019), Cicero in Gladiator (2000), Morrison in Braveheart (1995), Tullk in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Williamson in All About The Benjamins (2002).


Flanagan was born in Easterhouse, Glasgow, the second of four children. His sister Sue is a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.[1] He was an altar boy.[2][3] His facial scars are the result of a knife attack outside a nightclub where he had been working as a DJ. After leaving the club he was attacked by a gang, stabbed and slashed with a knife, leaving him with scars.[4]

Flanagan and his wife, Dina, have a daughter.[5] He was previously married to Rachel Flanagan, and casting director Jane Ford.


His first television roles were in Screen One (1992) and Taggart (1993). Flanagan worked in Robert Carlyle's Raindog Theatre for three years before being cast in Braveheart (1995). He has had roles in Face/Off (1997), The Game (1997), Sunset Strip (2000), Gladiator (2000), All About the Benjamins (2002), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Sin City (2005), Smokin' Aces (2006), When a Stranger Calls (2006), The Last Drop (2006), Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and the TV mini-series Attila.

He portrayed arms dealer Gabriel Schecter in the first episode of 24's seventh season and appeared in the episode "Headlock" of Lie to Me, aired in the U.S. on Monday 2 August 2010. He was one of the main cast members of Sons of Anarchy, in which he plays an outlaw biker named Filip "Chibs" Telford.[6] In October 2010, Flanagan was revealed as the spokesperson for the Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru. In July 2016, he appeared in the music video for the song "Rotting in Vain" by Korn.

In July 2018, it was announced that Flanagan was cast in one of the main roles, Alec McCullough, on the Netflix series Wu Assassins.[7]

In 2022, he was cast as Walter Flynn for the Starz series Power Book IV: Force.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Braveheart Morrison
1997 The Saint Scarface
1997 Face/Off Leo
1997 The Detail
1997 The Game Solicitor/Taxi driver
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Eddie
1999 Ratcatcher George Gillespie
2000 Gladiator Cicero
2000 Sunset Strip Duncan
2000 Hidden McCracken Short film
2001 Strictly Sinatra Michelangelo
2001 Dead Dogs Lie Michael
2002 All About the Benjamins Williamson
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Irish Henchman
2004 Trauma Tommy
2004 Alien vs. Predator Mark Verheiden
2005 Sin City Brian
2006 The Last Drop Pvt. Dennis Baker
2006 When a Stranger Calls The Stranger
2006 Smokin' Aces Lazlo Soot
2008 Hero Wanted Derek Credited as Thomas Flannigan
2010 Luster Les
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Lazlo Soot
2010 Swifty & Veg Swifty Short film
2011 Grace and Danger
2012 Officer Down Father Reddy
2015 Winter Woods Weston
2016 Running Wild Jon Kilpatrick
2016 Sand Castle SGM McGregor
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Tullk Ul-Zyn
2017 Papillon Masked Breton
2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown Tom Harrah
2018 Legal Action Mr. Gates
2019 Killers Anonymous Markus
2019 The Rising Hawk Tugar
2019 The Wave Aeolus
2020 The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud Brock Donnelly
2021 Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher Holden
2022 Code Name Banshee Anthony Greene


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Screen One Episode: "Black and Blue"
1993 Tis the Season to be Jolly Prisoner TV film
1993 Taggart Tam McLeod Episode: "Instrument of Justice"
1995 Jolly: A Life Man at grotto TV film
1996 Rab C. Nesbitt Sean Episode: "Lottery"
1996 A Mug's Game Paul
1996 Bad Boys Harry Episode: "The Bonny Bonny Banks"
2000 Rebus Thomas Telford Episode: "The Hanging Garden"
2001 Attila Bleda TV miniseries
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Filip "Chibs" Telford 90 episodes
2009 24 Gabriel Schector Episode: "Day 7: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m."
2010 Lie to Me Ron Marshall Episode: "Headlock"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Albert Stram 2 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Murphy Episode: "Home Invasions"
2013 Peaky Blinders Arthur Shelby Sr. Episode: 'Episode 5'
2015 Revenge Malcolm Black 3 episodes
2015 Gotham Tom "The Knife" 1 episode "Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham"
2016 Motive Jack Stoker 4 episodes
2019 Wu Assassins Alec McCullough Main role
2019 Mayans M.C. Filip "Chibs" Telford Special guest star (season 2) Episode: "Kukulkan"
2020 Westworld Martin Conells / Dolores Abernathy (host) 3 episodes
2022 Power Book IV: Force Walter Flynn 8 episodes


  1. ^ Kay, Adam (2020). "Kevin Bridges". Dear NHS 100 Stories to say Thank You. ISBN 978-1-3987-0118-2.
  2. ^ "Tommy Flanagan interview". The Lab Magazine. 21 March 2012. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ Booth, Samantha (21 March 2010). "Scots actor Tommy Flanagan rocks on in Hollywood as biker gang drama takes off". Sunday Mail. Glasgow, Scotland.
  4. ^ Fretts, Bruce (November 2014). "Sons of Anarchy's Tommy Flanagan on Those Facial Scars, This Final Season, and Chibs". Vulture. New York. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Sons of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan enjoying life in Malibu". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ Kelley, Quinn. "Tommy Flanagan talks 'Sons of Anarchy,' motorcycles before Maryland Live Casino appearance". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (20 July 2018). "'Wu Assassins': Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan & Tzi Ma Join Netflix Martial Arts Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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