Brendan Gleeson

29 Mar 1955


Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known films include the Harry Potter films, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm.

Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland and has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After leaving school for a short while, he worked for two years in an office with a health board. He then graduated from University College Dublin and went on to Drama School in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just after completing the 3 Year Acting Drama Course at RADA, Gleeson built a very respectable CV at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gleeson became known for his tremedous stage presence, particularly while performing in such works of William Shakespeare as King Lear, Richard III, and Hamlet.

Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992.
Gleeson has subsequently acted in more than 60 films including Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Artificial Intelligence: AI and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General.

Gleeson lives in Malahide, County Dublin. He is a talented fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He can be found from time to time playing at traditional music seisiúins in Hughes' pub in Chancery Street in Dublin 7. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club, and his son Domhnall is an actor. Gleeson is known for his love of football and recounts tales of attempting to get a clear radio reception so he could listen to how his team, Aston Villa, were faring on a Saturday.


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Filmography (54 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains"))
(movie, 2017)
···Paddington 2
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Knuckles McGinty)
(movie, 2017)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Donald Horner)
(movie, 2017)
···Alone in Berlin
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Otto Quangel)
(movie, 2016)
···Live by Night
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Thomas Coughlin)
(movie, 2016)
···Assassin's Creed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Joseph Lynch)
(movie, 2015)
···In the Heart of the Sea
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action, History
Role: Actor (as Old Thomas Nickerson)
(movie, 2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Steed · Inspector Arthur Steed)
(movie, 2014)
···Stonehearst Asylum
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Alienist)
(movie, 2014)
···Song of the Sea
Genre: Family, Animation, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Conor · Mac Lir (voice))
(movie, 2014)
···The Grand Seduction
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Murray French)
(movie, 2014)
···Edge of Tomorrow
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as General Brigham)
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Father James Lavelle)
(movie, 2013)
···The Smurfs 2
Genre: Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Animation
Role: Actor (as Victor Doyle)
(movie, 2013)
Role: Actor
(movie, 2012)
···The Company You Keep
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Henry Osborne)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Comedy
Role: Actor (as The Pirate with Gout (voice))
(movie, 2012)
···The Raven
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Colonel Hamilton)
(movie, 2012)
···Safe House
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as David Barlow)
(movie, 2011)
···Albert Nobbs
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Holloran)
(movie, 2011)
···The Guard
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sergeant Gerry Boyle)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody)
(movie, 2010)
···Green Zone
Genre: War, Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Martin Brown)
(movie, 2009)
···Perrier's Bounty
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Darren Perrier)
(movie, 2009)
···Into the Storm
Genre: Drama, History, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Winston Churchill)
(movie, 2009)
···The Secret of Kells
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Abbot Cellach)
(movie, 2008)
···In Bruges
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ken Daley)
(movie, 2007)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Animation
Role: Actor (as Wiglaf)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody)
(movie, 2007)
···Black Irish
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Desmond McKay)
(movie, 2006)
···The Tiger's Tail
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Liam O'Leary)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody)
(movie, 2005)
···Breakfast on Pluto
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as John-Joe)
(movie, 2005)
7.4Kingdom of Heaven
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, History, War
Role: Actor (as Reynald de Chatillon)
(movie, 2004)
7.1The Village
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as August Nicholson)
(movie, 2004)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Menelaos)
(movie, 2004)
···Country of My Skull
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as De Jager)
(movie, 2003)
···Cold Mountain
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Stobrod Thewes)
(movie, 2002)
···Dark Blue
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jack van Meter)
(movie, 2002)
8.3Gangs of New York
Genre: Drama, History, Crime
Role: Actor (as Walter "Monk" McGinn)
(movie, 2002)
7.528 Days Later
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Frank)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Lord Johnson-Johnson)
(movie, 2001)
···The Tailor of Panama
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas)
(movie, 2000)
···Harrison's Flowers
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Marc Stevenson)
(movie, 2000)
···Mission: Impossible II
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John C. McCloy)
(movie, 2000)
···Wild About Harry
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Harry McKee)
(movie, 1999)
···Lake Placid
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sheriff Hank Keough)
(movie, 1999)
···This Is My Father
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Garda Jim)
(movie, 1998)
···The General
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Martin Cahill)
(movie, 1998)
···The Tale of Sweety Barrett
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sweety Barrett)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Stubbs)
(movie, 1997)
···A Further Gesture
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Richard)
(movie, 1996)
···Michael Collins
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Liam Tobin)
(movie, 1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Hamish Campbell)