Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen

Birth name: Aidan Murphy
Born: April 24, 1968
Age: 55
Birthplace: Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
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Aidan Gillen (/ˈɡɪlɛn/; born Aidan Murphy; 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying CIA operative Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the RTÉ Television series Love/Hate, and Tommy Carcetti in the HBO series The Wire.

Gillen is the current host of Other Voices. He has won two Irish Film & Television Awards and has been nominated for a British Academy Television Award, a British Independent Film Award, and a Tony Award.


Early years

Gillen was born in Drumcondra, Dublin. He was 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.


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 play The Caretaker 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.

In 2004, having been spotted by producers in The Caretaker, Gillen was cast as 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 HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he received his second Irish Film & Television Award nomination. To date he has appeared in all five broadcast seasons. He starred 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, for which he received his third Irish Film & Television Award nomination and second win.

In 2012, Gillen played CIA agent Bill Wilson in 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. He is set to star in the comedy-drama Calvary and the BBC five-part thriller Mayday. 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, created for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment by Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

Aiden also starred as Janson in the second film, The Scorch Trials, in the Maze Runner trilogy.

Personal life

In 2001, Gillen married Olivia O'Flanagan; the couple have two children. 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, whom Gillen has stated "were a big motivation" for him. By 2015 the couple, who lived in Dingle, had been separated for some time. Gillen currently lives in Dublin and is dating musician Camille O'Sullivan.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Drip Young Guy Short film
1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Youth at Liquor Store Credited as Aidan Murphy
1988 The Courier Boy Credited as Aidan Murphy
1995 Circle of Friends Aidan Lynch
1996 Some Mother's Son Gerard Quigley
1997 Mojo Baby
1998 Gold in the Streets Paddy
1998 Amazing Grace Young Man Short film
1999 Buddy Boy Francis
2000 The Second Death Pool Player Short film
2000 The Low Down Frank
2001 My Kingdom Barry Puttnam
2001 Robertson Major William Robertson Short film
2002 The Final Curtain Dave Turner
2003 Photo Finish Joe Wilde
2003 Shanghai Knights Lord Nelson Rathbone
2003 Burning the Bed Stephen Short film
2006 Trouble with Sex Conor
2008 Blackout Karl
2009 12 Rounds Miles Jackson
2009 Spunkbubble Dessie Short film
2009 Runners Terry Short film
2010 Treacle Jr. Aidan
2011 Wake Wood Patrick Daley
2011 Blitz Barry Weiss
2012 The Dark Knight Rises CIA Agent Bill Wilson
2012 Shadow Dancer Gerry
2012 Ekki Múkk Little One Short film
2012 The Good Man Michael
2013 Scrapper Ray
2013 The Note Lars Short film
2013 Mister John Gerry Devine
2013 Beneath the Harvest Sky Clayton
2013 Song Dan Short film
2014 Calvary Dr. Frank Harte
2014 Still Carver
2014 Song Dan Short film
2014 Ambition Master Short film
2015 You're Ugly Too Will
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Janson/Rat-Man
2016 Sing Street Robert
2017 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Janson/Rat-Man
2017 Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur Goosefat Bill Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Play on One Harry Episode: "Killing Time"
1992 An Ungentlemanly Act Marine Wilcox Television film
1993 A Handful of Stars Tony Television film
1993 Belfry Dominic Television film
1993 The Bill Jeff Barratt Episode: "Play the Game"
1993 Screenplay Gypo Episode: "Safe"
1994 In Suspicious Circumstances James Crozier Episode: "To Encourage the Others"
1999-2000 Queer as Folk Stuart Alan Jones 10 episodes
2000 The Darkling Jeff Obold Television film
2000 Lorna Doone Carver Doone Television film
2001 Dice Glenn Taylor Television miniseries, 2 episodes
2002 First Communion Day Seamus Television film
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Amyas Crale Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2004-2008 The Wire Thomas J. "Tommy" Carcetti 35 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jimmy Colby Episode: "Vigilante"
2005 The Last Detective Steve Fallon Episode: "Willesden Confidential"
2005 Walk Away and I Stumble Paul Television film
2009 Freefall Gus Television film
2010 Thorne Phil Hendricks 6 episodes
2010 Identity DI John Bloom 6 episodes
2010-2011 Love/Hate John Boy Power 10 episodes
2011-present Game of Thrones Petyr Baelish Main role
2011-present Other Voices Himself Presenter
2013 Mayday Everett Newcombe 5 episodes
2015 Charlie Charles J. Haughey 3 episodes


Year Title Notes
1994 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha ASIN B0051H6FW4,
1995 Felicia's Journey ASIN B000PYA4MA, ASIN B002X7UY36
1995 The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments ASIN B002SQCXX6
1998 Irish Short Stories
2010 The Poetry of Ireland ASIN B003GQ6S2O
2015 The Art of War


Year Title Notes
2013 The Last Tycoon BBC Radio 4

Video game

Year Title role
2016 Quantum Break Paul Serene (voice, likeness, and motion capture performance)


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Wexford Trilogy: A Hand of Stars Tony Bush Theatre
1989 Juno and the Paycock Soldier Royal National Theatre
1989 Blue Ed Ache / Fred National Theatre Studio
1989 The Long Way Round Albin Royal National Theatre
1989 The Water Engine Bernie Hampstead Theatre
1990 Lovers Meeting Joe Hession Druid Theatre Company
1991 The Patriot Game Pearse Abbey Theatre
1991 The Wexford Trilogy: Belfry Dominic Bush Theatre
1992 Drama at Inish Eddie Twohig Abbey Theatre
1993 The Wexford Trilogy Tony / Dominic Abbey Theatre
1993 Marvin's Room Hank Hampstead Theatre
Comedy Theatre
1994 The Playboy of the Western World Christopher Mahon Almeida Theatre
1995 Mojo Skinny Royal Court Theatre
2000 The Tempest Ariel Almeida Theatre
2001 Platonov Platonov Almeida Theatre
2003 The Caretaker Mick Roundabout Theatre
2005 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward New Ambassadors Theatre
2007 American Buffalo Teach Gate Theatre
2007 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Apollo Theatre
2015 The Dead Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Result
2000 Queer as Folk British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
2000 The Low Down Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best British Newcomer Won
2004 The Caretaker Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2004 The Caretaker Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2004 The Caretaker Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2009 The Wire Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role Television Won
2010 Treacle Jr. British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor Nominated
2011 Treacle Jr. Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actor Won
2012 Love/Hate Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role Television Won
2012 Game of Thrones Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Supporting Role Television Nominated
2012 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Game of Thrones Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Supporting Role Television Nominated
2015 Charlie Irish Film and Television Award for Actor in a Lead Role Television Won
2015 Game of Thrones Empire Hero Award Won
2016 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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