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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 April 1968Dublin, Ireland
Birth NameAidan Murphy
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Aidan Gillen was born on April 24, 1968 in Dublin, Ireland as Aidan Murphy. He is an actor, known for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Shanghai Knights (2003) and Blitz (2011). He has been married to Olivia O'Flanagan since July 7, 2001. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Olivia O'Flanagan (7 July 2001 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Brown haired Irish actor who got his big break in the controversial, highly acclaimed TV series Queer as Folk (1999).
Moved back to Ireland in 2009 with his wife and two kids, daughter Berry and son Joe. Now lives in Kerry, Ireland. [2011].
Mother is a nurse and his late father was an architect.
Brother of actress Fionnuala Murphy.
He uses the surname of Gillen because someone else was already registered as Aidan Murphy in the Actors' Guild. Gillen is his mother's surname.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker."
Educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S., Glasnevin.
Echoing his earlier work 14 years previous in John Michael McDonagh's short film "Second Death", Aiden Gillen repeats his exaggerated and threatening karate-moves in a similar bar scene toward Brendan Gleeson in Calvary - also by John Michael McDonagh.

Personal Quotes (3)

On his role as Carcetti in _The Wire (2002)_: We follow Carcetti's journey as a minor player in city politics to a major contender in a mayoral election. He was a young guy who was considered an upstart, who saw an opportunity to do something, maybe effect some change. We see him open up and develop a conscience. I hope he's not just coming across as smarm. I'd say he's flawed, but driven.
I'm always attracted to bold, risk-taking scripts. Both The Wire and Queer as Folk had a big scope. They were panoramas, telling ambitious stories about two cities, Baltimore and Manchester, for the first time. Some people said that Queer as Folk was sensationalist and had too much sex. The real mayor of Baltimore complained that The Wire was too bleak. But they're missing the point. Both David Simon and Russell T Davies obviously loved the worlds they were writing about.

In drama you can either pretend everything is OK, or you can show the world as it really is in the hope that it gets better.
People say The Wire's bleak, y'know, but I see it as a love letter to Baltimore, and it's one written in a very strange and complex way.

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