Brendan Gleeson

68, from Dublin, Ireland

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Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA's, and a Primetime Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award, five times for a Golden Globe Award and once for an Academy Award. In 2020, he was listed at number 18 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. He is the father of actors Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson.

He is best known for his performance as Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films (2005–2010). He is also known for his supporting roles in films such as Braveheart (1995), Michael Collins (1996), 28 Days Later (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Troy (2004), Suffragette (2015), Paddington 2 (2017), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), and The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021). He is also known for his leading roles in films such as The General (1998), In Bruges (2008), The Guard (2011), Calvary (2014), Frankie (2019), and The Banshees of Inisherin (2022). He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the lattermost film.

He won an Primetime Emmy Award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the television film Into the Storm. He also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance as Donald Trump in the Showtime series The Comey Rule (2020). From 2017 to 2019 he starred in the crime series Mr. Mercedes. He received an Emmy Award nomination for Stephen Frears' Sundance TV series State of the Union (2022).


2023Aged 68

  • Poster for On the Red Carpet Presents: The Banshees of Inisherin


  • Poster for A Greyhound of a Girl

    Paddy (voice)

2022Aged 67

  • Poster for The Banshees of Inisherin

    Colm Doherty

2021Aged 66

  • Poster for Riverdance: The Animated Adventure

    Huntsman (voice)

  • Poster for The Tragedy of Macbeth


2019Aged 64

  • Poster for Frankie


  • Poster for Lost Lives


2018Aged 63

  • Poster for Psychic


  • Poster for Captain Morten and the Spider Queen

    Captain Vicks (voice)

  • Poster for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")

2017Aged 62

  • Poster for Hampstead

    Donald Horner

  • Poster for Paddington 2

    Knuckles McGinty

2016Aged 61

  • Poster for Atlantic


  • Poster for Alone in Berlin

    Otto Quangel

  • Poster for Trespass Against Us

    Colby Culter

  • Poster for Assassin's Creed

    Joseph Lynch

  • Poster for Live by Night

    Thomas Coughlin

2015Aged 60

  • Poster for Pursuit


  • Poster for Suffragette

    Arthur Steed

  • Poster for In the Heart of the Sea

    Old Thomas Nickerson

2014Aged 59

  • Poster for Calvary

    Father James Lavelle

  • Poster for Edge of Tomorrow

    General Brigham

  • Poster for The Grand Seduction

    Murray French

  • Poster for Song of the Sea

    Conor / Mac Lir (voice)

  • Poster for Stonehearst Asylum

    The Alienist

2013Aged 58

  • Poster for The Smurfs 2

    Victor Doyle

2012Aged 57

  • Poster for Safe House

    David Barlow

  • Poster for The Raven

    Colonel Hamilton

  • Poster for The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    Pirate with Gout (voice)

  • Poster for So You Want To Be A Pirate!

    The Pirate With Gout

  • Poster for The Company You Keep

    Henry Osborne

2011Aged 56

  • Poster for The Guard

    Sergeant Gerry Boyle

  • Poster for The Cup

    Dermot Weld

  • Poster for Albert Nobbs

    Dr. Holloran

2010Aged 55

  • Poster for Green Zone

    Martin Brown

  • Poster for Noreen

    Con Keogh

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

2009Aged 54

  • Poster for The Secret of Kells

    Abbot Cellach (voice)

  • Poster for Into the Storm

    Winston Churchill

  • Poster for Perrier's Bounty

    Darren Perrier

2008Aged 53

  • Poster for In Bruges

    Ken Daley

2007Aged 52

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

  • Poster for Black Irish

    Desmond McKay

  • Poster for Beowulf


2006Aged 51

  • Poster for The Path to Redemption


  • Poster for Studs

    Walter Keegan

  • Poster for The Tiger's Tail

    Liam O'Leary

2005Aged 50

  • Poster for Deconstructing 'The Village'


  • Poster for Kingdom of Heaven

    Reynald de Chatillon

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

  • Poster for Breakfast on Pluto

    John Joe Kenny

2004Aged 49

  • Poster for In My Country

    De Jagar

  • Poster for Troy


  • Poster for The Village

    August Nicholson

  • Poster for Six Shooter


2003Aged 48

  • Poster for Cold Mountain

    Stobrod Thewes

2002Aged 47

  • Poster for 28 Days Later


  • Poster for Gangs of New York

    Walter "Monk" McGinn

  • Poster for Dark Blue

    Jack van Meter

2001Aged 46

  • Poster for Cáca Milis


  • Poster for The Tailor of Panama

    Mickie Abraxas

  • Poster for A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Lord Johnson-Johnson

2000Aged 45

  • Poster for Mission: Impossible II

    John C. McCloy

  • Poster for Harrison's Flowers

    Marc Stevenson

  • Poster for Saltwater

    Simple Simon

  • Poster for Wild About Harry

    Harry McKee

1999Aged 44

  • Poster for Sweety Barrett

    Sweety Barrett

  • Poster for This Is My Father

    Garda Jim

  • Poster for Lake Placid

    Sheriff Hank Keough

  • Poster for My Life So Far

    Jim Menzies

1998Aged 43

  • Poster for The Butcher Boy

    Father Bubbles

  • Poster for The General

    Martin Cahill

1997Aged 42

  • Poster for A Further Gesture


  • Poster for Turbulence


  • Poster for Angela Mooney Dies Again

    Barney Mooney

  • Poster for I Went Down

    Bunny Kelly

1996Aged 41

  • Poster for Trojan Eddie


  • Poster for Michael Collins

    Liam Tobin

  • Poster for Messaggi quasi segreti

    Frank Ferguson

1995Aged 40

  • Poster for Braveheart

    Hamish Campbell

1993Aged 38

  • Poster for Love Lies Bleeding

    Thomas Macken

  • Poster for The Snapper


1992Aged 37

  • Poster for Far and Away

    Social Club Policeman

  • Poster for Into the West

    Inspector Bolger

1991Aged 36

1990Aged 35

Year unknown