The Irish actor, interpreter of films such as “Tigerland” and “In line with the murderer” by Joel Schumacher, “The rule of suspicion” by Roger Donaldson, “Alexander” by Oliver Stone, The New World “by Terrence Mallick, Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust”, Woody Allen’s “Dreams and Crimes” and many others, won the Volpi Cup at the 79th Venice Film Festival with Martin McDonagh’s “Spirits of the Island”.
Born in Dublin in 1976, he studied acting in his hometown – at the Gaiety School of Acting and joined the cast of the TV series Ballykissangel (1996-2001), in which he appears in eighteen episodes in 1998-99.
He made his debut at the cinema in War zone (1998) by Tim Roth (on his directorial debut).
Success comes with Tigerland (2000) and In line with the killer (2002) by Joel Schumacher, followed by a series of leading roles: Under court martial (2002) by Gregory Hoblit, with Bruce Willis, Minority Report (2002) by Steven Spielberg, with Tom Cruise and Max von Sydow, Alexander (2004), by Oliver Stone, with Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and Christopher Plummer, The New World (2005) by Terrence Mallick, Ask the dust (2006) by Robert Towne, based on the book of the same name by John Fante and also interpreted by Salma Hayek, Dreams and crimes (2007) by Woody Allen, with Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Hall and Tom Wilkinson, In Bruges -The conscience of the murderer (2008) and 7 psychopaths (2012) by Martin McDonagh, Miss Julie (2014) by Liv Ullmann, based on the tragedy of the same name (1888) by August Strindberg.
In more recent times he has interpreted The deception (2017) by Sofia Coppola, with Nicole Kidman, Dumbo (2019) by Tim Burton, with Michael Keaton and Danny De Vito, Thirteen lives (2022) by Ron Howard, with Viggo Mortensen.
Since 2003 he has collaborated with charities, has been a promoter of donations and fundraising for humanitarian causes – such as for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010 – and receives an award during the American Giving Awards (2011).
At the Venice Film Festival he won the Volpi Cup with The spirits of the island by Martin McDonagh, who collected the award in his stead (along with his Osella Award for Best Screenplay).