Peter Mullan

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Peter Mullan
Mullan at BAFTA in Scotland, 2005
Born(1959-11-02) 2 November 1959 (age 54)
Peterhead, Scotland
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Years active1988–present
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Not to be confused with Peter Mullen.
Peter Mullan
Mullan at BAFTA in Scotland, 2005
Born(1959-11-02) 2 November 1959 (age 54)
Peterhead, Scotland
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Years active1988–present

Peter Mullan (born 2 November 1959)[1] is a Scottish actor and filmmaker who is best known for his roles in Trainspotting, My Name Is Joe and the Harry Potter film series.

Early life[edit]

Mullan was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the son of Patricia (a nurse) and Charles Mullan (a lab technician at Glasgow University).[2][3] The second youngest of eight children, Mullan was brought up in a working class Roman Catholic family.[4][5] They later moved to Mosspark,[citation needed] a district in Glasgow. An alcoholic and sufferer from lung cancer, Mullan's father became increasingly tyrannical and abusive.[6] For a brief period, Mullan was a member of a street gang while at secondary school,[6] and worked as a bouncer in a number of south-side pubs.[7] His father died on the day Mullan began studying economic history and drama at the University of Glasgow.


Mullan began acting at university and continued stage acting after graduation. He had roles in films such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Braveheart and Riff-Raff. His first full-length film, Orphans, won an award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002, he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters, based on life in an Irish Magdalene asylum. Mullan won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

Mullan's role as a recovering alcoholic in My Name Is Joe won him the Best Actor Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[8] He appeared in the lead role in 2001's Session 9. In 2004, he starred in On a Clear Day and Criminal. He also played Michel Scot in the BBC series Shoebox Zoo. In 2006, he had a small role in Children of Men. In 2007, he played a prominent role in the Channel 4 adaptation of Boy A, and starred as James Connolly in the movie Connolly.

He co-starred in the Red Riding Trilogy and in two seasons of the ITV crime drama The Fixer. Mullan appeared in the last two Harry Potter films as Yaxley, and starred in Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur. His latest film as director, Neds, was released in October 2010. He also appeared in the Steven Spielberg 2011 film War Horse. In December 2012, he starred in Channel 4's four-part drama series The Fear.

Personal life[edit]

Mullan is a lifelong supporter of Celtic Football Club. A Marxist,[6] he was a leading figure in the left-wing theatre movement which blossomed in Scotland during the Conservative Thatcher government, including stints in the 7:84 and Wildcat Theatre companies. A passionate critic of Tony Blair's New Labour government, he told The Guardian "the TUC and the Labour Party sold us [the working class] out big style, unashamedly so".[9] Mullan took part in a 2005 occupation of the Glasgow offices of the UK Immigration Service, protesting against the UKIS's "dawn raid" tactics when deporting failed asylum seekers.[10]

In January 2009, Mullan joined other actors in protesting against the BBC's refusal to screen a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza. They told BBC director general Mark Thompson: "Like millions of others, we are absolutely appalled at the decision to refuse to broadcast the appeal. We will never work for the BBC again unless this disgraceful decision is reversed. We will urge others from our profession and beyond to do likewise."[11]



1990The Big ManVince
1991Riff RaffJakeEuropean Film Award for Best European Film
1992SealladhSimShort film
1993CloseVincentShort film
1994Shallow GraveAndy
1995Good Day for the Bad GuysJohnShort film
1997Poor AngelsGordonShort film
1997Fairy Tale: A True StorySergeant Farmer
1998My Name Is JoeJoe KavanaghCannes Award for Best Actor
1999Miss JulieJean
1999Mauvaise passePatricia's husband
2000Ordinary Decent CriminalStevie
2000Claim, TheThe ClaimDaniel Dillon
2001Session 9Gordon Fleming
2002Magdalene Sisters, TheThe Magdalene SistersMr O'ConnorWriter and director
Winner of Golden Lion
2003Young AdamLes Gault
2003Kiss of LifeJohn
2004Out of This WorldJim
2004CriminalWilliam Hannigan
2004BlindedFrancis Black
2005On a Clear DayFrank Redmond
2006Children of MenSyd
2006True NorthRiley
2007Last Legion, TheThe Last LegionOdoacer
2007Dog AltogetherJosephShort film
2007Boy ATerry
2008Stone of DestinyIan's dad
2009Red Riding: 1974Martin Laws
2009Red Riding: 1980Martin Laws
2009Red Riding: 1983Martin Laws
2009ConnollyJames Connolly
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Yaxley
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Yaxley
2011War HorseTed Narracott
2013Sunshine on LeithRobert Henshaw
2013The LiabilityPeter


1988The SteamieAndy
1990Opium EatersWilly
1990Your Cheatin' HeartTontoSeries 1, Episodes 3–5
1990TaggartPeter LatimerSeries 5, Episode 2 and Series 6, Episode 3
1991Jute CityMallet
1992Rab C. NesbittPeter the WarlockSeries 2, Episode 6
1994The Priest and the PirateBilly Hill
1995Ruffian HeartsChez
1995HarryJimmySeries 2, Episode 6
1997Longest Memory, TheThe Longest MemorySanders Sr.Whitbread First Novel Award for First Novel
2003This Little LifeConsultant
2003Richard & JudyHimself
2004Shoebox ZooMichael Scot
2005Sunday Morning ShootoutHimselfSeries 2, Episode 15
2007British Film ForeverHimselfSeries 1, Episode 3
2007Trial of Tony Blair, TheThe Trial of Tony BlairGordon Brown
2008–09Fixer, TheThe FixerLenny DouglasSeries 1–2
2009Scotland on ScreenHimself
2012Fear, TheThe FearRichie Beckett
2013Top of the LakeMatt MitchamSeries Regular
Pending - AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie


2002The Magdalene Sisters

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources differ as to Mullan's exact birthdate; the Internet Movie Database states 2 November 1959.
  2. ^ "Peter Mullan Biography (1960–)" (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  3. ^ "Biography: Peter Mullan", (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  4. ^ Malcolm, Derek; "Sins of the sisters", 16 September 2002 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  5. ^ Ramsey, Nancy (27 July 2003). "An Abuse Scandal With Nuns As Villains". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Matheou, Demetrios; "Local Hero", 7 January 2001 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  7. ^ "Peter Mullan & Anne-Marie Duff", 9 July 2003 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  8. ^ "Festival de Cannes: My Name Is Joe". Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Players: Peter Mullan" (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  10. ^ "Protesters in 'asylum raid' demo", 2 November 2005 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)
  11. ^ English, Paul; "Peter Mullan and other stars to boycott BBC over Gaza charity snub", 27 January 2009 (Retrieved: 15 August 2009)

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