Stephen Rea

Actor, Director, Composer
Perhaps one of the most respected and established actors to emerge from Ireland, Stephen Rea spent years performing on stage and on screen before staking his claim in the United States with an Oscar-nominated ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1946 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (74)

Out of the Dark 2015 (Movie)

Jordan (Actor)

Control 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Metamorphosis 2014 (Movie)

Herman Kafka (Actor)

Styria 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tasting Menu 2014 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Honorable Woman 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The I Inside 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Newman (Actor)

Romeo and Me 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Utopia 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stella Days 2012 (Movie)

Brendan McSweeney (Actor)

Underworld: Awakening 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Jacob Lane (Actor)

Blackthorn 2011 (Movie)

Mackinley (Actor)

Roadkill 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Kisses 2010 (Movie)

Down Under Dylan (Actor)

Nothing Personal 2010 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Ondine 2010 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Espion(s) 2009 (Movie)

M Palmer (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Heavy 2009 (Movie)

Anawalt (Actor)

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Barrie (Actor)

Stuck 2008 (Movie)

Tom Bardo (Actor)

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

Father Costigan (Actor)

Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Lacan (Actor)

Til Death 2006 (Movie)

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V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

Finch (Actor)

V for Vendetta: Unmasked 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

Bertie the Magician (Actor)

Proud 2005 (Movie)

Barney Garvey (Actor)

River Queen 2005 (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

Colm (Actor)

Bloom 2004 (Movie)

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Armadillo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch the Sun 2002 (Movie)

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Evelyn 2002 (Movie)

Michael Beattie (Actor)

feardotcom 2002 (Movie)

Alistair Pratt (Actor)

The Musketeer 2001 (Movie)

Cardinal Richelieu (Actor)

Guinevere 1999 (Movie)

Connie Fitzpatrick (Actor)

I Could Read the Sky 1999 (Movie)

P J (Actor)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Silverman (Actor)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

Henry Miles (Actor)

The Life Before This 1999 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Father Quinn (Actor)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Break 1998 (Movie)

Dowd (Actor)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

Da Brady (Actor)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

Trojan Eddie (Actor)

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Ned Broy (Actor)

All Men Are Mortal 1995 (Movie)

Fosca (Actor)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

Noel (Actor)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 1994 (Movie)

Nikos (Actor)

Interview With the Vampire 1994 (Movie)

Santiago (Actor)

Princess Caraboo 1994 (Movie)

Gutch (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Milo O'Brannagan--Star Photographer (Actor)

Bad Behaviour 1993 (Movie)

Gerry McAllister (Actor)

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

Fergus (Actor)

Life Is Sweet 1991 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Loose Connections 1988 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

Young Groom (Actor)

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

Timothy Broom (Actor)

Four Days in July 1983 (Movie)

Dixie (Actor)

Angel 1981 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Professional Foul 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

On a Paving Stone Mounted 1977 (Movie)

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Citizen X (TV Show)

Actor

Color Him Dead (TV Show)

Actor

Copenhagen (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Actor

Double Tap (TV Show)

Actor

Hedda Gabler (TV Show)

Actor

Roadkill (TV Show)

Actor

Snow in August (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Perhaps one of the most respected and established actors to emerge from Ireland, Stephen Rea spent years performing on stage and on screen before staking his claim in the United States with an Oscar-nominated performance in "The Crying Game" (1992). Directed by long-time collaborator, Neil Jordan, "The Crying Game" both introduced him to a wider, international audience while reaffirming to fellow countrymen his status as an actor of considerable depth. Prior to his breakout performance, Rea spent two decades working on stage, touring his native Ireland in small theatres until he worked his way up to bigger stages in Dublin and eventually London, while performing in films like "Angel" (1982) and "Life is Sweet" (1991). He later formed his own stage company, Field Day, with acclaimed playwright Brian Friel, which allowed him to delve into more politically-themed material that helped attract attention to the debate concerning The Troubles, North Ireland's long conflict with England. Never shy about his stance on issues, Rea continued performing in movies and plays with overt political intentions, and even married Dolours Price, a former member of the Irish Republican Army who spent eight years in prison on suspicion of partaking in a terrorist bombing. But it was Rea's nuanced and often sympathetic portrayals of otherwise complex characters that attracted the most attention and endeared him to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Relationships

Dolours Price

Wife
married in 1983 served eight years for an IRA-related car bombing c. 1970-78

Danny Rea

Son
born c. 1988 mother, Dolours Price

Oscar Rea

Son
born c. 1990 mother, Dolours Price

EDUCATION

Queen's University

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in "Underworld: Awakening"

2011

Starred in Syfy TV-movie "Roadkill"

2009

Cast in Jordan's romantic drama "Ondine," starring Colin Farrell

2007

Co-starred with Hilary Swank in the religion-themed horror film "The Reaping"

2006

Played a cop opposite Natalie Portman in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta," based on the acclaimed graphic novel by author Alan Moore

2005

Portrayed an aging magician opposite Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto"

2004

Co-starred with Peter O'Toole and Janet McTeer in the romantic drama "Romeo and Me," a love story set during World War II

2002

Cast in the thriller "FeardotCom"

2001

Played Cardinal Richelieu in the adventure "The Musketeer"

2000

Directed and starred in an updated version of the beloved Sean O'Casey play "The Plough and the Stars" at the Gaeity Theater in Dublin

2000

Co-starred in the medical drama "The Smiling Suicide Club"

2000

Had pivotal role in "Crime + Punishment in Suburbia," an updating of the Dostoyevsky classic; premiered at Sundance

1999

Played the older half of a May-December romance in the delightful "Guinevere" opposite Sarah Polley

1999

Was praised for his touching portrayal of a cuckold in Jordan's World War II love story "The End of the Affair"; Ian Hart also featured in the film

1999

Appeared in Jordan's unpopular horror thriller "In Dreams" with Quinn

1998

Had a scene-stealing cameo as a passionate Irish preacher in "This Is My Father," starring Quinn and Gleeson

1997

Played dual role in Jordan's ode to a psychopath "The Butcher Boy," which also featured Hart

1996

Reteamed again with Jordan to play key supporting role in "Michael Collins," co-starring Aidan Quinn, Brendan Gleeson and Ian Hart

1996

Was praised by critics for his portrayal of Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the HBO miniseries "Crime of the Century"

1994

Had leading roles in four major U.S. productions, "Angie" (U.S. film debut), "Princess Caraboo," Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," and "Ready To Wear/Pret-a-Porter," directed by Robert Altman

1992

Nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as Edward in Frank McGuinness' "Someone to Watch Over Me"

1992

Earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in Jordan's "The Crying Game"

1991

Returned to features after a six-year absence in Mike Leigh's "Life Is Sweet"

1985

Reunited with Jordan for "The Company of Wolves"

1982

First leading role in a feature film, "Angel"; written and directed by Neil Jordan

1980

Formed the Field Day Theatre Company with Friel

1978

Had first notable film role in "On a Paving Stone Mounted"

1974

U.S. TV debut in ABC mystery special "Color Him Dead"

1973

Breakthrough stage role, "Freedom of the City" by Brian Friel

1969

Film debut in the horror movie "Cry of the Banshee"

First stage appearance at age four as the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood"

Bonus Trivia

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Various sources reported Mr. Rea's year of birth as 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949.

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"I love all those big American actors – Tracy, Mitchum, Bogart, Grant – particularly Mitchum. People thought he wasn't committed because that's how he protected himself. I loved what he said when somebody asked him what he looked for in a film script. He said 'days off.' Obviously, everybody loves Brando, but I wished the younger generation of American actors didn't always want to be him. Of the newer lot, I quite like Jeff Goldblum because I think he wants to be Walter Matthau." – Rea quoted in Daily News, Jan. 5, 1993

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"I mean, look at him, he's not exactly...But no matter who you turn to on the set, women have this THING for him. He had his wife and kids visiting, and you've never seen such envy. I heard comments like, 'I'd even live in Belfast'." – "Angie" producer Larry Brezner on Rea, quoted in Us, March 1994

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"I can throw myself into [Neil Jordan's] hands...There isn't another director in the world I'd be that vulnerable to." – Rea to the rish Echo, Dec. 8, 1999

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"He's wonderful to work with, a delightful person and he gives a deeply considered performance. When you watch the rushes of a day's filming, the sum of what he's doing is not always evident. It's only later that his full scope emerges; he has a unique way of carrying the intelligence of a movie." – screenwriter and director Neil Jordan on why he hired Rea for nine of his movies, quoted in The Observer, Feb. 13, 2000

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