Aidan Gillen

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Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen.jpg
Gillen while filming in Singapore, February 2012
BornAidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1985–present

Olivia O'Flanagan;

2 children
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Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen.jpg
Gillen while filming in Singapore, February 2012
BornAidan Murphy
(1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1985–present

Olivia O'Flanagan;

2 children

Aidan Gillen (born 24 April 1968) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles as Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series, Queer as Folk, John Boy in the Irish crime drama, Love/Hate, Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish in HBO's 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[edit]

Gillen was born Aidan Murphy in Drumcondra, Dublin, and educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. His sister, Fionnuala Murphy, is also an actress, while his brother, John Paul Murphy is a playwright, and another sister, Patricia Murphy, is a teacher. Gillen 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 ground-breaking 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 joined the main cast of HBO's acclaimed television series The Wire, portraying Tommy Carcetti, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television. In 2008 Gillen was named an Irish cult hero by the Sunday Tribune. Gillen appeared alongside the professional wrestler John Cena in the 2009 film 12 Rounds. In July of that year, he appeared in a one-off BBC2 drama Freefall along with Dominic Cooper and Sarah Harding. He has co-starred with David Morrissey, as Phil Hendrick, in the British drama Thorne.

In 2011, Gillen joined the main cast of HBO's award-winning series Game of Thrones, portraying Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination.[6] He starred with Jason Statham and David Morrissey as cop killer Barry Weiss in the British crime-thriller Blitz, and in the British horror film Wake Wood, alongside Timothy Spall. Gillen played crime boss John Boy in the acclaimed Irish crime-drama Love/Hate,[7] for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination, and second win. He played a CIA agent in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises, and starred with Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson, in the British spy-drama Shadow Dancer. He was announced as the new host of the music show Other Voices.[8][9] He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary, with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd, which is currently being filmed, and in the BBC five part-thriller Mayday.[10] Gillen 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 a short film directed by Nick Abrahams called Ekki Múkk, created for the 'Valtari' Mystery Film Experiment staged by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Gillen married his girlfriend Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland, with children Berry (born in 1997) and Joe (born in 2000).[11] In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to Olivia and their two children.[12] He is generally very private regarding his personal life.



1985The DripYoung Guy 1Short
1987The Lonely Passion of Judith HearneYouth at Liquor StoreCredited as Aidan Murphy
1988The CourierBoy picked up by ValCredited as Aidan Murphy
1995Circle of FriendsAidan Lynch
1996Some Mother's SonGerard Quigley
1998Gold in the StreetsPaddy
Amazing GraceYoung ManShort
1999Buddy BoyFrancis
2000The Second DeathPool player 1Short
The Low DownFrank
2001My KingdomBarry Puttnam
Robertson MajorWilliam RobertsonShort
2002The Final CurtainDave Turner
2003Photo FinishJoe Wilde
Shanghai KnightsLord Nelson Rathbone
Burning the BedStephenShort
2006Trouble with SexConor
200912 RoundsMiles Jackson
2010Treacle Jr.Aidan
2011Wake WoodPatrick Daley
BlitzBarry Weiss
2012The Dark Knight RisesCIA AgentOpening Scene
Shadow DancerGerry
Ekki MúkkLittle oneShort-film
The Good ManMichael
The NoteLarsShort
Mister JohnGerry Devine
Beneath the Harvest SkyClayton
2014CalvaryUnknown Role


1990The Play on OneHarryEpisode: "Killing Time"
1992An Ungentlemanly ActMarine WilcoxTelevision film
1993A Handful of StarsTonyTelevision film
BelfryDominicTelevision film
The BillJeff BarrattEpisode: "Play the Game"
Screenplay - SafeGypo
1994In Suspicious CircumstancesJames CrozierEpisode: "To Encourage the Others"
1999–2000Queer as FolkStuart Alan Jones10 episodes
2000The DarklingJeff OboldTelevision film
Lorna DooneCarver DooneTelevision film
2001DiceGlenn TaylorMiniseries
2002First Communion DaySeamusTelevision film
2003Agatha Christie's PoirotAmyas CraleEpisode: "Five Little Pigs"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJimmy ColbyEpisode: "Vigilante"
The Last DetectiveSteve FallonEpisode: "Willesden Confidential"
Walk Away and I StumblePaul
2004–2008The WireThomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti35 episodes
2009FreefallGusTelevision film
2010Thorne: SleepyheadPhil Hendricks
Thorne: Scaredy CatPhil Hendricks
IdentityDI John Bloom6 episodes
2010–2011Love/HateJohn Boy Power10 episodes
2011–presentGame of ThronesPetyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish19 episodes
2012-Other VoicesHimselfPresenter
2013MaydayEverett NewcombeMiniseries
2014Citizen CharlieCharles J, HaugheyMiniseries, pre-production


YearTitleRoleVenue / Notes
1988The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of StarsTonyBush Theatre, London
1989Juno and the PaycockSoldierNational Theatre· Lyttelton
BlueEd Ache; FredNational Theatre Studio
The Long Way RoundAlbinNational Theatre· Cottesloe
The Water EngineBernieHampstead Theatre
1990Lovers MeetingJoe HessionDruid Theatre Company, Irish Tour
1991The Patriot GamePearseAbbey Theatre· Peacock, Dublin
The Wexford Trilogy: BelfryDominicBush Theatre
1992Drama at InishEddie TwohigAbbey Theatre, Dublin
1993The Wexford TrilogyTony / DominicAbbey Theatre· Peacock
Marvin's RoomHankHampstead Theatre / Comedy Theatre
1994The Playboy of the Western WorldChristopher MahonAlmeida Theatre
1995MojoSkinnyRoyal Court Theatre
2000The TempestArielAlmeida Theatre
2001PlatonovPlatonovAlmeida Theatre
2003The CaretakerMickRoundabout Theatre, New York
2005Someone Who'll Watch Over MeEdwardNew Ambassadors Theatre
2007American BuffaloTeachGate Theatre, Dublin
Glengarry Glen RossRichard RomaApollo Theatre[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2000Queer as FolkBritish Academy Television Award for Best ActorNominated
2000The Low DownEdinburgh International Film Festival for Best British Newcomer[14]Won
2004The CaretakerDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlayNominated
Tony 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
2011Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actor[15]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

Audiobooks and reciting[edit]

Gillen has recorded audiobooks as a Narrator.


  1. ^ "IFTA winners 2012 announced". RTE. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards for Aidan Gillen". IMDb. Retrieved August 15, 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 August 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced". RTE. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aidan Gillen - Nominated for TWO IFTA awards". Live Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Third series of Love/Hate in development". RTE. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gillen is new Other Voices host". RTE. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "I did warn you not to trust me…". UniversityObserver. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller Mayday". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hot off the Wire". Herald. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Winners of the 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Gillen's own CV in the Apollo Theatre programme, 2007: checked against and with additional material from Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
  14. ^ "Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards for 2000". IMDb.Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ "MIFF Awards Winners MIFF Tour". Milan International Film Festival Awards. 

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