Domhnall Gleeson

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Domhnall Gleeson (born May 12, 1983) is an Irish actor, director and writer from Dublin. He has acted on both stage and screen, picking up a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his part in the Broadway production The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He has performed in several shows at Dublin's Gate Theatre, including adaptations of American Buffalo and Great Expectations.

Gleeson's work on-screen includes the television series The Last Furlong, the comedy sketch show Your Bad Self and the films Six Shooter, Studs and Boy Eats Girl. He played Bill Weasley in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released in 2010/2011. He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, who plays Alastor Moody in the series.


[edit] Personal life

Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, the eldest son of the established actor Brendan Gleeson, and his wife, Mary. He has three younger brothers, Fergus, Bríain (also an actor) and Rúairí.[1]

Gleeson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.[1]

[edit] Career

After graduating, Gleeson began directing and writing for both film and stage.[1] In 2006, Gleeson starred in the feature film Studs, with his father appearing alongside him.[1]

Gleeson also starred in the Academy Award-winning movie short Six Shooter[2] and Boy Eats Girl, as well as the RTÉ television series The Last Furlong.[1] He also appeared on the Broadway theatre show The Lieutenant of Inishmore, aged twenty-three receiving a Tony Award nomination for the role.[1][2]

In late 2007, Gleeson played Herbert Pocket in the Hugh Leonard adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.[3] The part was described as "wittily played" by Irish Independent critic Bruce Arnold.[4] Earlier that year he had a role as Bobby in the David Mamet play American Buffalo, also at the Gate Theatre.[5]

In 2008, Gleeson starred in the one-off RTÉ comedy sketch show, Your Bad Self, which was broadcast on 26 December that year.[1][2] Other roles in 2008 included A Dog Year and Paddyville.[1]

In March 2009, it was confirmed that he had been cast as Bill Weasley in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[6][7] His father, Brendan, plays Alastor Moody in the series.[6][7] Gleeson had initially been reluctant to act alongside his father in the same film but later changed his mind.[8] In 2006, he said of his acting: "I'd been very certain about not wanting to do the acting thing because of my father. I thought I'd always have the father-son thing of "He got you the part".[7]

In the 2009 film Sensations, Gleeson plays the part of a randy young farmer whose "soulless encounter" with a call-girl "develops into a bittersweet love story".[9][10]

He had his breakout year in 2010 with his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Also in 2010, he starred alongside Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, and with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Academy Award nominated Coen Brothers' film True Grit.

Gleeson won the 2011 Ifta Award for Best Actor for his performance as Bob Geldof in the acclaimed biopic, When Harvey Met Bob.

Dohmnall has recently signed up to appear as Konstantin Levin in the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel ‘Anna Karenina'[11] which is being directed by Joe Wright.

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Six Shooter Cashier Short film
2005 Stars Brian (voice) Short film
2005 Boy Eats Girl Bernard
2005 Last Furlong, TheThe Last Furlong Sean Flanagan TV series
2006 Studs Trampis
2009 Dog Year, AA Dog Year Anthony Armstrong
2009 Perrier's Bounty Clifford
2009 Corduroy Short film
2010 Your Bad Self Various TV series
Also writer
2010 Never Let Me Go Rodney
2010 Sensation Donal
2010 When Harvey Met Bob Bob Geldof TV movie
2010 True Grit Moon (The Kid)
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Bill Weasley
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Bill Weasley
2011 At Swim-Two-Birds TBA Pre-production
2012 Dredd TBA[12][13] In production
2012 Anna Karenina Konstantin Levin[14][15] Pre-production
Writer & Director
Year Title Notes
2009 What Will Survive of Us Short film
2010 Noreen Short film

[edit] Awards

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2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Template:Nom
2011 When Harvey Met Bob IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role - TV Template:Won


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