Colin Farrell as Corporal McBurney

Colin Farrell, a native of Ireland, has made movies around the world. 

He won a Golden Globe Award starring for writer/director Martin McDonagh in In Bruges, also for Focus Features, which was an Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay. He was recently once again a Golden Globe nominee for his performance in a movie Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster; and he also received European Film and British Independent Film Award nominations, among other accolades. Mr. Farrell has reteamed with Mr. Lanthimos for a new movie, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which also reunites him with Nicole Kidman of The Beguiled.

Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, he is the son of former football (or, to the U.S., soccer) player Eamon Farrell and the nephew of Tommy Farrell, both of whom played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers, in the 1960s. Mr. Farrell’s early teenage ambition was to follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps; however, his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, he landed a starring role in Deirdre Purcell’s telefilm Falling for a Dancer, directed by Richard Standeven; a starring role in the BBC series Ballykissangel and a role in the Tim Roth-directed The War Zone soon followed.

Among Mr. Farrell’s many films since have been Joel Schumacher’s Tigerland (for which he won a London Critics Circle Film Award), Phone Booth, and (in a cameo) Veronica Guerin; Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, for which he received an Empire Award nomination; Roger Donaldson’s The Recruit; Clark Johnson’s S.W.A.T.; John Crowley’s Intermission, for which he received a European Film Award nomination; Michael Mayer’s A Home at the End of the World, for which he won an Irish Film and Television Award; Oliver Stone’s epic Alexander; Terrence Malick’s acclaimed The New World; R0bert Towne’s Ask the Dust; Michael Mann’s Miami Vice; Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream; Gavin O’Connor’s Pride and Glory; Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Danis Tanovic’s Triage; Neil Jordan’s Ondine, for which he won an Irish Film and Television Award; Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart, with Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges; Peter Weir’s The Way Back; Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses, for which he was a Satellite Award nominee; Seven Psychopaths, which reteamed him with Martin McDonagh; John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks; Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, opposite Jessica Chastain; and J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates.

Mr. Farrell starred in the second season of the HBO series True Detective, broadcast in the summer of 2015, which marked his first project for American television.