Brendan Gleeson

Academy Member

Brendan Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34, coming to prominence for his performance as Michael Collins in The Treaty for Irish television. He has featured in films such as Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Mission: Impossible II and many others. He won a Primetime Emmy and an IFTA Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Into the Storm (directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan); in 2014 he won an IFTA Award for his lead role in John Michael McDonagh's Calvary.

Brendan has also worked with John Michael McDonagh in The Guard, and with Martin McDonagh in Six Shooter and In Bruges. Brendan has also made three films with John Boorman - The Tailor Panama, The General, and The Tiger's Tale.

Brendan has worked with Tomm Moore and Cartoon Saloon on the Oscar nominated animated feature Secret of Kells and the follow-up Song of the Sea which goes on theatrical release in 2015. Younger audiences will also know him as Hogwarts' professor Mad-Eye Moody from the Harry Potter films

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Brendan Gleeson

Awards & Recognition

Calvary
  • IFTA Winner, Best Actor (2014)
  • BIFA Nominee, Best Actor (2014)
The Grand Seduction
  • Canadian Screen Award Nominee, Best Actor (2013)
The Guard
  • IFTA Nominee, Best Actor (2012)
  • Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actor – Comedy or Musical (2012)
Into the Storm
  • IFTA Winner, Best Actor Television (2009)
  • Primetime Emmy Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor (2009)
  • BAFTA Nominee, Best Actor (2009)
In Bruges
  • IFTA Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (2008)
  • Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actor – Comedy or Musical (2008)
  • BAFTA Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (2008) 

Key Credits

  • Song of the Sea [2015]
  • Calvary [2014]
  • Albert Nobbs [2011]
  • The Guard [2011]
  • Into the Storm [2009]
  • Perriers Bounty [2009]
  • In Bruges [2008]
  • Harry Porter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007]
  • Gangs of New York (2002) Walter 'Monk' McGinn
  • 28 Days Later (2002) Frank
  • The General (1998) Martin Cahill
  • Michael Collins (1996) Liam Toibin
  • Braveheart (1995) Hamish.
  • The Snapper (1993) Lester

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