Aidan Gillen

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Aidan Gillen
BornAidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 46)
Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Olivia O'Flanagan (2001–present)
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Aidan Gillen
BornAidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 46)
Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Olivia O'Flanagan (2001–present)

Aidan Gillen (/ˈɡɪlˈɛn/; born Aidan Murphy, 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the crime drama Love/Hate, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, and Tommy Carcetti in the HBO drama The Wire. He is the current host of Other Voices. He has been nominated for the British Academy Television Award, the British Independent Film Award and a Tony Award, and has won two Irish Film & Television Awards.[1][2]

Early years

Gillen was born in Drumcondra, Dublin, and educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. He began his acting career as a teenager, with the Dublin Youth Theatre, playing Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Project Arts Centre, before moving to London.[3]


Gillen played Stuart Alan Jones in the groundbreaking Channel 4 television series Queer as Folk, and its sequel, for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his highly acclaimed Broadway role in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker,[4] and has also been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Teach in the Dublin Gate Theatre's 2007 production of David Mamet's American Buffalo.[5]

In 2004, having been spotted by producers in The Caretaker, Gillen portrayed Tommy Carcetti in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television. In 2008, he was named an "Irish cult hero" by the Sunday Tribune. He appeared in the 2009 film 12 Rounds, and in July of that year, he appeared in the one-off BBC2 drama Freefall. He co-starred as Phil Hendrick in the British drama Thorne.

In 2011, Gillen began playing Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish on the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination.[6] To date he has appeared in all four broadcast seasons, and will reprise the role once more in Season 5.[7] He starred with as cop killer Barry Weiss in the British crime-thriller Blitz, and in the British horror film Wake Wood. He played crime boss John Boy in the acclaimed Irish crime-drama Love/Hate,[8] for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination and second win.

In 2012, Gillen played CIA in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises and starred in the British spy-drama Shadow Dancer. He was announced as the new host of the music show Other Voices.[9][10] He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary and the BBC five-part thriller Mayday.[11] He shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the cast of Game of Thrones for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also starred in the short film Ekki Múkk,[12] created for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

Personal life

In 2001, Gillen married his girlfriend, Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland with their daughter Berry (born 1997) and son Joe (born 2000).[13] In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to his wife and children.[14] His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy, is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher.



1985The DripYoung GuyShort film
1987The Lonely Passion of Judith HearneYouth at Liquor StoreCredited as Aidan Murphy
1988The CourierBoyCredited as Aidan Murphy
1992An Ungentlemanly ActMarine WilcoxTelevision film
1993A Handful of StarsTonyTelevision film
1993BelfryDominicTelevision film
1995Circle of FriendsAidan Lynch
1996Some Mother's SonGerard Quigley
1998Gold in the StreetsPaddy
1998Amazing GraceYoung ManShort film
1999Buddy BoyFrancis
2000The Second DeathPool PlayerShort film
2000The Low DownFrank
2000The DarklingJeff OboldTelevision film
2000Lorna DooneCarver DooneTelevision film
2001My KingdomBarry Puttnam
2001Robertson MajorWilliam RobertsonShort film
2002The Final CurtainDave Turner
2002First Communion DaySeamusTelevision film
2003Photo FinishJoe Wilde
2003Shanghai KnightsLord Nelson Rathbone
2003Burning the BedStephenShort film
2005Walk Away and I StumblePaulTelevision film
2006Trouble with SexConor
2009FreefallGusTelevision film
200912 RoundsMiles Jackson
2009SpunkbubbleDessieShort film
2009RunnersTerryShort film
2010Treacle Jr.Aidan
2011Wake WoodPatrick Daley
2011BlitzBarry Weiss
2012The Dark Knight RisesCIA
2012Shadow DancerGerry
2012Ekki MúkkLittle OneShort film
2012The Good ManMichael
2013The NoteLarsShort film
2013Mister JohnGerry Devine
2013Beneath the Harvest SkyClayton
2013SongDanShort film
2014CalvaryDr. Frank Harte
2014SongDanShort film
2014Ambition [15]MasterShort film
2015You're Ugly TooWillPost-production
2015Sing StreetPost-production
2015The Maze Runner: Scorch TrialsJanson/Rat ManFilming


1990The Play on OneHarryEpisode: "Killing Time"
1993The BillJeff BarrattEpisode: "Play the Game"
1993ScreenplayGypoEpisode: "Safe"
1994In Suspicious CircumstancesJames CrozierEpisode: "To Encourage the Others"
1999–2000Queer as FolkStuart Alan Jones10 episodes
2001DiceGlenn Taylor2 episodes
2003Agatha Christie's PoirotAmyas CraleEpisode: "Five Little Pigs"
2004–2008The WireThomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti35 episodes
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJimmy ColbyEpisode: "Vigilante"
2005The Last DetectiveSteve FallonEpisode: "Willesden Confidential"
2010ThornePhil Hendricks6 episodes
2010IdentityDI John Bloom6 episodes
2010–2011Love/HateJohn Boy Power10 episodes
2011–presentGame of ThronesPetyr "Littlefinger" Baelish24 episodes
2011–presentOther VoicesHimselfPresenter
2013MaydayEverett Newcombe5 episodes
2015CharlieCharles J. Haughey3 episodes


1988The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of StarsTonyBush Theatre
1989Juno and the PaycockSoldierRoyal National Theatre
1989BlueEd Ache / FredNational Theatre Studio
1989The Long Way RoundAlbinRoyal National Theatre
1989The Water EngineBernieHampstead Theatre
1990Lovers MeetingJoe HessionDruid Theatre Company
1991The Patriot GamePearseAbbey Theatre
1991The Wexford Trilogy: BelfryDominicBush Theatre
1992Drama at InishEddie TwohigAbbey Theatre
1993The Wexford TrilogyTony / DominicAbbey Theatre
1993Marvin's RoomHankHampstead Theatre
Comedy Theatre
1994The Playboy of the Western WorldChristopher MahonAlmeida Theatre
1995MojoSkinnyRoyal Court Theatre
2000The TempestArielAlmeida Theatre
2001PlatonovPlatonovAlmeida Theatre
2003The CaretakerMickRoundabout Theatre
2005Someone Who'll Watch Over MeEdwardNew Ambassadors Theatre
2007American BuffaloTeachGate Theatre
2007Glengarry Glen RossRichard RomaApollo Theatre

Audiobooks and narration

Awards and nominations

2000Queer as FolkBritish Academy Television Award for Best ActorNominated
2000The Low DownEdinburgh International Film Festival for Best British Newcomer[16]Won
2004The CaretakerDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
2004The CaretakerOuter Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
2004The CaretakerTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
2009The WireIrish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role TelevisionWon
2010Treacle Jr.British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an ActorNominated
2011Treacle Jr.Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[17]Won
2012Love/HateIrish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role TelevisionWon
2012Game of ThronesIrish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Supporting Role TelevisionNominated


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  2. ^ "Awards for Aidan Gillen". IMDb. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Mark Lawson (2 October 2007). "'I don't mind nasty roles'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aidan Gillen Tony Award". Broadwayworld. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced". RTÉ. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aidan Gillen – Nominated for TWO IFTA awards". Live Journal. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Press Roundup: Sophie Turner on Sansa’s surprising fifth season, John Bradley on sex scenes and more". Watchers On The Wall. August 22, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Third series of Love/Hate in development". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gillen is new Other Voices host". RTÉ. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "I did warn you not to trust me…". UniversityObserver. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller Mayday". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk". Vimeo. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Game of Thrones star takes lead in hard sci-fi 'Ambition' (Wired UK)". Wired. 
  16. ^ "Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards for 2000". IMDb.Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "MIFF Awards Winners MIFF Tour". Milan International Film Festival Awards. 

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