Peter Mullan

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
With his ginger hair, twinkling squint, and sparkplug physique, Peter Mullan was the perfect embodiment of the working class Scot. Also true to stereotype were Mullan's childhood abuse at the hands of his alcoholic ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1959 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (44)

Olive Kitteridge 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Quarry 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Stonemouth 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

Sitacles (Actor)

Out of This World 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sunshine on Leith 2013 (Movie)

Rab (Actor)

The Liability 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Top of the Lake 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome To the Punch 2013 (Movie)

Roy Edwards (Actor)

The Man Inside 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Long Distance Information 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tyrannosaur 2011 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

Ted Narracott (Actor)

1974: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Martin Laws (Actor)

1980: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 2 2010 (Movie)

Martin Laws (Actor)

1983: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 3 2010 (Movie)

Martin Laws (Actor)

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

Yaxley (Actor)

Neds 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boy A 2008 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

Ian's Father (Actor)

The Last Legion 2007 (Movie)

Odoacer (Actor)

Children of Men 2006 (Movie)

Syd (Actor)

On a Clear Day 2006 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

True North 2006 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

Cargo 2005 (Movie)

Brookes (Actor)

Blinded 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

Les (Actor)

Kiss of Life 2003 (Movie)

John (Actor)

This Little Life 2003 (Movie)

Consultant (Actor)

Session 9 2001 (Movie)

Gordon Fleming (Actor)

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

Stevie (Actor)

The Claim 2000 (Movie)

Daniel Dillon (Actor)

Miss Julie 1999 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

My Name Is Joe 1999 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Escort 1999 (Movie)

Patricia's Husband (Actor)

Bogwoman 1997 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Fairytale - A True Story 1997 (Movie)

Sergeant Farmer (Actor)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

Swanney (Actor)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

Veteran (Actor)

Shallow Grave 1995 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Ruffian Hearts 1994 (Movie)

Art Student No 2 (Actor)

Riff Raff 1993 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Crossing the Line 1991 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Riff-Raff (Movie)

Jake (Actor)
Writer (4)

Neds 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Magdalene Sisters 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Orphans 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fridge 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

Neds 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magdalene Sisters 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Orphans 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Fridge 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With his ginger hair, twinkling squint, and sparkplug physique, Peter Mullan was the perfect embodiment of the working class Scot. Also true to stereotype were Mullan's childhood abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father, his youth spent as a street thug, factory worker, and pub bouncer, and most importantly, his deeply poetic Scottish soul. Though Mullan made an early impression as a hard man in films such as "Trainspotting" (1996) and "My Name is Joe" (1998), he would also show incredible sensitivity in his writing and direction of such films as "Orphans" (1998) and "The Magdalene Sisters" (2002). This interest in the plight of the oppressed was readily evident in his earliest work in the Leftist political theater movement that emerged in Glasgow under the rule of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and continued to inform his work. In the talented hands of Mullan, characters that might have otherwise remained two-dimensional took on startling nuance and empathy, from the asbestos removal worker driven to homicide in "Session 9" (2001), to the cuckolded husband in "Young Adam" (2003) to the stalwart father in "War Horse" (2012). As an actor, writer and director, Mullan excelled at telling the stories of individuals whose hard exteriors served as armor to protect their wounded hearts.

Relationships

Sophia

Daughter
Born 2008; mother, Robina Qureshi

Charles Mullan

Father
Died of cancer 1977 after long bout with alcoholism

Patricia Mullan

Mother
Died 1993

Mairi Mullan

Daughter
Born c. 1991; mother, Ann Swan

Paddy Mullan

Son
Born c. 1997; mother, Ann Swan

Robina Qureshi

Companion
Split 2011

Ann Swan Actor

Wife
Married June 1, 1989 Reportedly separated 2006

EDUCATION

Glasgow University

Glasgow University

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with James McAvoy in action-drama "Welcome to the Punch"

2011

Cast in WWI-set drama "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg; film based on novel by Michael Morpurgo and 2007 stage adaptation

2011

Starred in "Tyrannosaur," written and directed by Considine

2010

Played one of the Death Eaters in David Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1"

2008

Cast in ITV miniseries "The Fixer"

2007

Starred in Paddy Considine's short film "Dog Altogether"

2007

Co-starred with Sir Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth in "The Last Legion"

2006

Played a middle age man who decides to swim the English Channel in "On a Clear Day"

2006

Cast in Alfonso Cuaron's futuristic tale "The Children of Men," adapted from P.D. James' novel

2004

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton in "Young Adam"

2003

Wrote and directed shattering drama "The Magdalene Sisters"

2001

Co-starred in "Session 9"

2000

Starred as a wealthy town owner in 1860s California who at one time traded his wife and child for the chance to mine gold in "The Claim," an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Castorbridge; directed by Michael Winterbottom

1999

Co-starred with Kevin Spacey in "Ordinary Decent Criminal," a fictionalized version of the life of Martin Cahill; ironically, Mullan bested Brendan Gleeson, who had played Cahill in John Boorman's "The General," for the 1998 Best Actor honor at Cannes

1999

Played Jean in Mike Figgis' film adaptation of of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie"

1998

Starred in Loach's "My Name Is Joe"; received Cannes Best Actor Award; Lewis co-starred

1998

Wrote and directed feature "Orphans"; film debuted at Cannes and won several prizes at Venice Film Festival

1996

Appeared in Boyle's "Trainspotting" as a drug dealer

1995

Played small role in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning "Braveheart"; portrayed character who told Gibson's William Wallace he wasn't tall enough to be Wallace

1995

Wrote and directed the First Reels short "Good Day for Bad Guys" (1995), followed by "Fridge" (1996), an award-winning Tartan Short which garnered no less than 15 international awards

1994

Landed featured role in Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave" as one of the thugs searching for missing money

1991

Began filming the short "Close" with support from Scottish television; project completed in 1994, and brought together creative team including producer Frances Higson, cinematographer Grant Cameron, editor Colin Monie, and actor Gary Lewis, all of whom wo

1990

Made first film appearances in "The Big Man" alongside Henshall and Ken Loach's "Riff-Raff"

1990

First worked with Douglas Henshall in Citizen's Theatre production of two-character play "Crow"

1988

Made professional acting debut with Wildcat Theatre Company in a Christmas pantomime

1979

While at university; wrote and directed first film "Then There Was an Englishman"

1976

Quit school and worked briefly in a local factory

In 1980s, was active during a miner's strike that crippled Britain and in a movement against the poll tax that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher first introduced in Scotland; wrote "Harmony Row," a play protesting poll tax

Application to National Film School rejected; decided to become drama teacher

Spent childhood in Mosspark, Glasgow, Scotland

Bonus Trivia

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While studying at Glasgow University, Mullan earned money as a disco dancer and once finished fourth in the United Kingdom's disco dancing championship: "That was before the god-awful 'Saturday Night Fever' came on the scene. For those of us who were cool, that killed it stone dead."

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On Channel Four dropping the "Orphans" ball: "They told me to my face that they really loved it, but that it would be too hard to sell. I think they thought when they read the script that they could make a lot of money out of it. They never interfered with the editing process, but what they hinted at was more of a 'Trainspotting' thing, that we should beef up the soundtrack, stick with the comedy, forget all that long-take nonsense..."I have no objection to a capitalist with a big cigar saying to me, 'Look, if you give me X, I can sell it.' What I have a problem with is that they will not say that to you. 'Trainspotting' changed every independent film-maker because now we have no place to hide...All of a sudden 1.5 million pounds makes 80 million pounds...They don't give a toss about filmmaking, all they care about is the box office, and that will ultimately defeat them." – Mullan quoted in The Guardian, May 26, 1998

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