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The Debt marks the sixth teaming of Ciarán Hinds with Helen Mirren, following Some Mother’s Son, directed by Terry George and co-produced by Ms. Mirren; Nigel Cole’s Calendar Girls; Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover; John Boorman’s Excalibur; and David Drury’s miniseries Prime Suspect 3.
Also for Focus Features, Mr. Hinds starred opposite Frances McDormand in Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; and made a cameo appearance alongside Colin Farrell in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges.
He began his acting career with The Glasgow Citizens Theatre, and was a company member for many years. In Ireland, he has performed with the Lyric Theatre in Belfast; the Druid Theatre in Galway; and at the Project and the Abbey in Dublin, where he last appeared as Captain Jack in Juno and the Paycock. At Dublin’s Gate Theatre, he has appeared in The Field Day Company’s stagings of Antigone, The School for Wives, The Yalta Game; and, most recently, in Conor McPherson’s The Birds.
Mr. Hinds has toured internationally with Peter Brook’s company in The Mahabharata and has starred with and/or at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre. It was at the latter that he originated the role of Larry in Patrick Marber’s Closer, which he also played in the Broadway production. He returned to Broadway in 2007, in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer.
Worldwide television audiences saw him as Julius Caesar in the series Rome; his portrayal was honored with anIrish Film & Television (IFTA) Award. This followed his starring roles in such telefilms and miniseries as David Thacker’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, for which he also an IFTA Award; and Robert Young’s Jane Eyre,opposite Samantha Morton. He starred in the telefilm Above Suspicion, directed by Christopher Menaul, which has spawned several follow-ups.
Mr. Hinds’ many feature film credits include Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s December Bride; Pat O’Connor’s Circle of Friends; Roger Michell’s Persuasion and Titanic Town;Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar and Lucinda; Chris Menges’ The Lost Son; Kathryn Bigelow’s The Weight of Water;Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition; Phil Alden Robinson’s The Sum of All Fears; Joel Schumacher’s Veronica Guerin, for which he was an IFTA Award nominee, and The Phantom of the Opera; Steven Spielberg’s Munich; Michael Mann’s Miami Vice; Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace; Catherine Hardwicke’s The Nativity Story; David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe; Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding; Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, opposite Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis; John Boorman’s The Tiger’s Tail; Kimberley Peirce’s Stop-Loss; Andy Fickman’s Race to Witch Mountain; Todd Solondz’ Life During Wartime; and Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse, for which he was named Best Actor at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Among other upcoming projects, he will shortly be seen in David Yates’ globally awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and James Watkins’ The Woman in Black, with a screenplay adaptation by The Debt screenwriter Jane Goldman, both opposite Daniel Radcliffe; and in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The latter’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by The Debt screenwriter Peter Straughan.
In 2010, Mr. Hinds was honored with the Dublin International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award.