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Brendan Gleeson

Actor Date of birth 29th March 1955
Place of birth Co.Dublin, Ireland
Year of debut 1990
First feature film The Field

Awards

  • BAFTA Awards nominated1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated2
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Biography

Brendan Gleeson worked in an office for two years before training at RADA. After graduating, he returned to Ireland where he studied Irish and English at University College Dublin. He worked as a teacher for ten years. At the age of 34, he embarked on a movie career. He began acting in Irish movies such as Into The West. In 1995, he got his big break in Braveheart. He has since starred in a range of movies from In Bruges to the Harry Potter franchise.

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Brendan Gleeson's films

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Packshot for the film Edge Of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
113 Mins
Released
2014

A futuristic soldier (Tom Cruise) must live out the last day of his life over and over as he battles alien invaders. Moderate violence, threat, infrequent strong language.

Rent for £3.99
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
140 Mins
Released
2010

Teen wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends (Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) take on the evil Voldemort. With Bill Nighy. Moderate fantasy violence and threat.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
133 Mins
Released
2007

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) clashes with a new teacher while training a group of wizards to battle Lord Voldemort. Supernatural scares, violence and mild language.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
151 Mins
Released
2005

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) competes in a wizardry tournament. Co stars Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson. Moderate fantasy violence.

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Packshot for the film Troy
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
157 Mins
Released
2003

An epic war starts over the Queen of Sparta. With Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana. Contains strong battle violence.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Mission: Impossible II
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
119 Mins
Released
2000

Directed by John Woo. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to stop a rogue agent (Dougray Scott). Strong violence and infrequent mild language.

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Packshot for the film Braveheart
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
171 Mins
Released
1995

William Wallace (Mel Gibson) leads a Scottish army against the King of England and his forces. With Brian Cox. Features strong frequent violence and blood and torture.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Beowulf
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
110 Mins
Released
2007

Animated. Beowulf (Ray Winstone) rids a village of a terrifying beast. With Angelina Jolie. Contains moderate violence and sex references.

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Packshot for the film Green Zone
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
112 Mins
Released
2010

An army officer (Matt Damon) finds a government cover up while searching for weapons of mass destruction. Strong language, bloody war violence and injuries.

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Packshot for the film In Bruges
Certificate
18 Certificate
Duration
105 Mins
Released
2008

Two hit-men (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are hiding in Belgium are pursued by their angry boss. Strong bloody violence, very strong language and hard drug use.

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Packshot for the film Albert Nobbs
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
110 Mins
Released
2011

19th Century Ireland. A woman (Glenn Close) poses as a man so she can earn a living as a butler. With Mia Wasikowska. Infrequent strong language and sex.

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Did you know?

  • According to the Irish Independent, Brendan Gleeson was once told by a Hollywood agent that he was "too fat, too old and not good-looking enough" to make it in the film industry.
  • In 2009, he won an Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in Into The Storm.
  • He began acting in a school production of Waiting For Godot.
  • He married Mary in 1982. They have four sons together. His eldest son Domhnall is also an actor. Domnhall played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.
  • Before his movie career kicked off, he acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company for several seasons.

Awards

  • 1 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2008 Supporting Actor - In Bruges
  • 2 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - The Guard
    • 2009 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - In Bruges