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Stephen Rea

Actor Date of birth 31st October 1946
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Year of debut 1970
First feature film Cry Of The Banshee


  • Academy Awards nominated1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated1
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Stephen Rea studied English at Queens University of Belfast. He trained in Dublin at Abbey Theatre School. He spent the 70s performing in Irish theatre groups and on stage in London. In 1982 he landed his first lead role in Neil Jordan’s Angel. In 1992 he gained critical recognition for his performance in Jordan’s third movie, The Crying Game. He has since starred in a range of movies from Ondine to V For Vendetta.

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Stephen Rea's films

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Packshot for the film Asylum
15 Certificate
89 Mins

The inmates of an insane asylum become possessed by demonic forces. Strong language, gore, sex references, sexualised nudity.

Rent for £3.49
Packshot for the film V For Vendetta
15 Certificate
128 Mins

A vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) attempts to bring down a totalitarian government. Very strong language and strong violence.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • He was born Graham Rea.
  • In 1980 he co-founded Field Day Theatre Company alongside Brian Friel. Their first production was the critically acclaimed play Translations.
  • In 1983 he married Dolours Price, a former member of the Irish Republican Army who went on hunger strike during her prison sentence in the seventies. They divorced in 2003. They have two children.
  • At the age of four, he landed his first stage role as the Wolf in a school production of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • His father was a bus driver and his mother was a school secretary.


  • 1 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1992 Actor in a Leading Role - The Crying Game
  • 1 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1992 Actor in a Leading Role - The Crying Game