Once you get past the intimidating-looking name (hint: it rhymes with tonal) and his impressive pedigree (his father is well-known Irish actor Brendan Gleeson), it's easy to see why the multi-talented...
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|When Harvey Met Bob||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Bob Geldof||20107|
|A Dog Year||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||Anthony Armstrong||20097|
|Dredd 3D||2012||Actor||Clan Techie||20127|
|Never Let Me Go||2010||Actor||Rodney||20107|
|True Grit||2010||Actor||Moon (The Kid)||20107|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||2011||Actor||Bill Weasley||20117|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||2010||Actor||Bill Weasley||20107|
|Cast alongside Keira Knightly in "Anna Karenina."|
|Made TV debut on the BBC miniseries "Rebel Heart."|
|Featured in "Never Let Me Go."|
|Wrote and directed the short film "What Will Survive of Us."|
|Appeared in the RTE sketch comedy show "Your Bad Self."|
|Played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."|
Born in Dublin in the spring of 1983, Gleeson grew up watching his father, Brendan, leave behind a successful teaching career to pursue his love of acting. His initial protests of following in his footsteps died away when a particularly nervy speech, delivered while accepting an award on behalf of his father, landed him an agent. After studying media arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Gleeson made his acting debut in 2001's "Rebel Heart," a BBC miniseries about Ireland's struggle for independence. He balanced the occasional film and TV appearance with long stretches on stage in both London's West End and New York's Broadway, and in 2006 earned a Tony nomination for his lead role as Davey in the violently political "The Lieutenant of Inishmore."
But every high has a low and Gleeson was determined to create his own opportunities when none were being offered. In 2009 he wrote and directed the short film "What Will Survive of Us," before joining "Your Bad Self" in 2010 as a writer and lead actor. His hard work paid off that year when he appeared in a trio of high-profile films: first as the eldest Weasley brother in the opening half of the Harry Potter franchise's final installment; then as a restless clone in the adaptation of "Never Let Me Go;" and finally as an unlucky gunslinger in the Coen Brothers' critically acclaimed western, "True Grit." After reprising his role in the 2011 finale to the Harry Potter series, Gleeson re-united with two of his "Never Let Me Go" co-stars in 2012: Andrea Riseborough and Keira Knightley. In "Shadow Dancer" he portrayed an IRA member who's suspicious his that sister (Riseborough) has been flipped; and in the Russian epic "Anna Karenina," starring Knightley as the title aristocrat, he played the anxious landowner, Konstantin Levin. He next starred opposite Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy in the Richard Curtis time-travel romantic comedy-drama "About Time" (2013). This mainstream film was followed by a quirkier role opposite Michael Fassbender (wearing a giant papier-mache cartoon head) in "Frank" (2014), a Sundance favorite inspired by the life of Chris Sievey, a British post-punk musician who created a cartoon alter ego named Frank Sidebottom.
|Brendan Gleeson||Father||Born March 29, 1955; Co-starred in "Studs" (2006)|
|Dublin Institute of Technology|
|Portrayed Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Part 2;" his father, Brendan Gleeson, co-starred as Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody.|
|"I don't think anyone wants to be defined by what their parents do. So I naturally skewed more towards writing and directing, and then acting made its way into view, I suppose." - from Channel4.com, Jan. 22, 2013|
|Has written and directed several short films, one of which, 2010's "Noreen," starred his father Brendan and his younger brother Brian.|
|Was honored with the Shooting Star award, given to promising new talent, at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.|
|"I work a lot with a friend of mine on the writing front. So that's something which keeps my head busy creatively, so that if no-one else is giving me work can create some of my own." - from Channel4.com, Jan. 22, 2013|
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