Brendan Gleeson

Actor, Director, Playwright
A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1955 in Dublin, IE


Actor (66)

Rebellion 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


In the Heart of the Sea 2015 (Movie)

Older Tom Nickerson (Actor)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)

Inspector Arthur Steed (Actor)

Trespass Against Us 2015 (Movie)


Calvary 2014 (Movie)

Father James Lavelle (Actor)

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

General Brigham (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)


Sexual Healing 2014 (Movie)

Freddy Cousaert (Actor)

Song of the Sea 2014 (Movie)

Conor (Voice)

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

Alienist (Actor)

Studs 2014 (Movie)


The Grand Seduction 2014 (Movie)

Murray French (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Henry Osborne (Actor)

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

David Barlow (Actor)

The Cup 2012 (Movie)

Dermont Weld (Actor)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

The Pirate with Gout (Voice)

The Raven 2012 (Movie)

Captain Hamilton (Actor)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Holloran (Actor)

The Guard 2011 (Movie)

Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Actor)

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

Martin Brown (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Alistor "Mad Eye" Moody (Actor)

Perrier's Bounty 2010 (Movie)

Perrier (Actor)

The Secret of Kells 2010 (Movie)

Abbot Cellach (Voice)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Into the Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

The Tiger's Tail 2008 (Movie)

Liam O'Leary/His Double (Actor)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

Wiglaf (Actor)

Black Irish 2007 (Movie)

Desmond (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody (Actor)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Bulgaria (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (Actor)

In My Country 2005 (Movie)

De Jager (Actor)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Reynald (Actor)

Six Shooter 2004 (Movie)


The Village 2004 (Movie)

August Nicholson (Actor)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

Menelaus (Actor)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Stobrod Thewes (Actor)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

Jack Van Meter (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Walter "Monk" McGinn (Actor)

Harrison's Flowers 2002 (Movie)

Marc Stevenson (Actor)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

Lord Johnson-Johnson (Actor)

Thanks For The Memories 2001 (Movie)


The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Mickie Abraxas (Actor)

Wild About Harry 2001 (Movie)

Harry McGee (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

McCloy (Actor)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

'Simple' Simon McCurdie (Actor)

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

Hank Keough (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Garda Jim (Actor)

I Went Down 1998 (Movie)

Bunny Kelly (Actor)

Sweety Barrett 1998 (Movie)

Sweety Barrett (Actor)

The Break 1998 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

Father Bubbles (Actor)

The General 1998 (Movie)

Martin Cahill (Actor)

The Treaty 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Angela Mooney Dies Again 1997 (Movie)

Barney Mooney (Actor)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

Stubbs (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Liam Tobin (Actor)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

Hamish (Actor)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

Inspector Bolger (Actor)

The Snapper 1993 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

Quarryman (Actor)

Kidnapped (TV Show)



A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in homegrown productions like "The Field" (1990) and "Into the West" (1992) led to small parts in American features like "Far and Away" (1992) and his big break as right hand man to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in the blockbuster "Braveheart" (1995). Three years later, his turn as Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General" (1998) boosted his profile on the international scene, so he was soon dividing his time between major Hollywood projects like "Mission: Impossible II" (1999) and independent efforts like "28 Days Later" (2001). Dependable in just about every field, from children's fantasy - he was Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in three of the Harry Potter films - to epics like "Gangs of New York" (2002), to even more intimate projects like "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005) and "In Bruges" (2008), Gleeson's versatility elevated him to the pantheon of the character actor's character actor.


Mary Gleeson

Married 1982

Domhnall Gleeson Actor

Born 1983; mother, Mary Gleeson Co-starred in "Studs" (2006)

Brian Gleeson Actor

Born Nov. 14, 1987; mother, Mary Gleeson Co-starred in "The Tiger's Tail" (2006)

Frank Gleeson


Fergus Gleeson

Mother, Mary Gleeson

Rory Gleeson

Mother, Mary Gleeson


University College


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Completed a three year acting drama course



Appeared in action drama "Safe House" opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds


Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"


Cast opposite John Cusack in mystery thriller "The Raven"


Voiced character of The Pirate with Gout for animated adventure "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"


Cast alongside Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, and Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"


Played an unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality opposite Don Cheadle in crime comedy "The Guard"


Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody in David Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"


Portrayed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in HBO movie "Into the Storm"


Co-starred with Colin Farrell as Irish contract killers in "In Bruges"


Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"


Co-starred in Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf," filmed using a special technique of motion capture


Cast opposite Orlando Bloom in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"


Portrayed Alastor 'Mad­-Eye' Moody in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in fantasy series by J.K. Rowling; directed by Mike Newell


Played a hard-drinking Irish emigrant opposite Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto"


Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"


Cast as Spartan king Menelaus in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"


Appeared in director Danny Boyle's post-modern zombie thriller "28 Days Later"


Played a corrupt police official in Los Angeles cop drama "Dark Blue"


Cast in director Anthony Minghella's film adaptation of "Cold Mountain"


Cast in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"


Co-starred in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," helmed by Steven Spielberg


Re-teamed with Boorman to play a drunken revolutionary in "The Tailor of Panama"


Landed featured role in "Mission: Impossible II," starring Tom Cruise


Co-starred with Brian Cox in "Salt Water"; adapted from McPherson's play "This Lime Tree Bower"


Played title role of Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General"


Portrayed a dimwitted, low-level criminal in "I Went Down," directed by Paddy Breathnach and scripted by Conor McPherson


Played sidekick to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in "Braveheart"


Acted in TNT adaptation of "Kidnapped"


Made feature acting debut in Jim Sheridan's "The Field"

Worked as a schoolteacher for nearly ten years while acting in semi-professional and professional productions