Peter McDonald

Actor
This attractive, stage-trained light-haired actor broke through with his understated performance as a recently released criminal forced to collaborate with Brendan Gleeson's irascible Bunny at the behest of a crime lord ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1972 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (15)

The Bachelor Weekend 2012 (Movie)

The Machine (Actor)

Wreckers 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Damned United 2009 (Movie)

Johnny Giles (Actor)

Der Henker 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

MI-5 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blow Dry 2001 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Nora 2001 (Movie)

Stanislas Joyce (Actor)

When Brendan Met Trudy 2001 (Movie)

Brendan (Actor)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Some Voices 2000 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Felicia's Journey 1999 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Captain Jack 1998 (Movie)

Andrew 'Andy' Watts (Actor)

I Went Down 1998 (Movie)

Git Hynes (Actor)

Titanic (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Pentecost 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 2012 (Movie)

("Pentecost") (Director)
Writer (1)

Pentecost 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 2012 (Movie)

("Pentecost") (Producer)

Biography

This attractive, stage-trained light-haired actor broke through with his understated performance as a recently released criminal forced to collaborate with Brendan Gleeson's irascible Bunny at the behest of a crime lord in the underrated and unjustly overlooked Irish film "I Went Down" (1998). Dublin native Peter McDonald began his career in earnest in fringe theater while studying at University College. He made his film acting debut in the little-seen "Have You Ever Heard of Jimi Hendrix", as an alcoholic busker obsessed with the American rock star but it was "I Went Down" (which was a box-office hit in Ireland) that made audiences and others take notice. McDonald subsequently played an Australian who agrees to accompany a sea captain (Bob Hoskins) to the Arctic in "Captain Jack" (also 1998) and reteamed with the actor for Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey" (1999). McDonald also reunited with co-star Gleeson and scriptwriter Conor McPherson for the latter's directorial debut "Salt Water" (2000), an adaptation of the play "This Lime Tree Bower".

Relationships

Brenda Costigan

Mother
writes a cooking column for an Irish newspaper

Richard McDonald

Father

EDUCATION

University College

Dublin 1994

University College

Dublin 1993

Milestones

2001

Acted on the London stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind"

2001

Appeared opposite Catherine McCormack in Neil Jordan's one-act "White Horses"

2000

Played Stanislas Joyce in the biopic "Nora"

2000

Co-starred with Gleeson and Brian Cox in McPherson's feature directorial debut "Salt Water" adapted from the play "This Lime Tree Bower"

2000

Cast as a movie-loving teacher who finds an unlikely romance in "When Brendan Met Trudy"; screened as part of The Shooting Gallery film series

1999

Had supporting role alongside Hoskins in Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey"

1998

Breakthrough screen role as the lead in "I Went Down", scripted by McPherson and co-starring Brendan Gleeson

1998

Played an Australian who joins Bob Hoskins on a voyage to the Arctic in "Captain Jack"

Acted in a BBC Radio 4 version of Conor McPherson's "This Lime Tree Bower"

Joined Fly By Night Theater Company; first met Conor McPherson

Film acting debut in "Have You Ever Heard of Jimi Hendrix"

Began performing as an undergraduate at University College, Dublin

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm well aware that I've achieved a certain amount of fame at home, and that's one of the prices you pay to have clout as an actor. The more people see your work, the more people will want to see it again. But if you're going around acting like you're some new big thing, it will come back to you. Plus, I haven't felt any serious sense of fame at all. People don't bother you much in Dublin." --Peter McDonald quoted in THE BOSTON GLOBE, June 28, 1998

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