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Dublin-born Brendan Gleeson previously starred for In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh in Six Shooter, which won the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film.
Audiences worldwide know the actor from (to date) two Harry Potter movies, The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix, directed by Mike Newell and David Yates, respectively, and both also starring Ralph Fiennes of In Bruges.
A former teacher, Mr. Gleeson left the profession to pursue a career in his first love – acting. He joined the Irish theater company Passion Machine and subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He has since starred on the stage (including with the Royal Shakespeare Company) and in films and television.
Following small roles in such films as Jim Sheridan's The Field, Mike Newell's Into the West, and Ron Howard's Far and Away, he landed his breakout role in Mel Gibson's Academy Award-winning Braveheart.
His portrayal of real-life criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's The General, tandemed with his performance in Paddy Breathnach's I Went Down, brought Mr. Gleeson Best Actor honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics. The General also earned him the Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) and London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
His many other films include John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama, In My Country (a.k.a. Country of My Skull), and The Tiger's Tail; Neil Jordan's Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, and Breakfast on Pluto; John Woo's Mission: Impossible II; Steven Spielberg's AI; Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later…; Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York; Wolfgang Petersen's Troy; Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven; and Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf.
Mr. Gleeson recently completed work on Thaddeus O'Sullivan's telefilm Churchill at War, in which he stars as Winston Churchill.