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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 November 1965Ladywood, Birmingham, England, UK
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andrew Tiernan was born into an Irish family who had moved from Dublin, Ireland to Birmingham, England after the War. He grew up on the notorious Ladywood Estate in Birmingham. At 15, he left for London to become an Actor, studying at the prestigious; Drama Centre London. His earliest break came in 1991 when he was cast in Derek Jarman's Edward II (1991), at the same time he was cast as DC Rosper in the award winning television series Prime Suspect (1991), alongside Helen Mirren, Tom Bell and Tom Wilkinson. He then went on to play the stuttering psychopath Sean Kerrigan in Cracker (1993) with Robbie Coltrane in 1993 and he has continued to be cast in award winning productions. A recognizable face in television & feature films, Tiernan has become known as a solid character actor, with the ability to transform. Such examples are; Szalas in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), and as the deformed hunchback; Ephialtes in Warner Brother's blockbuster 300 (2006), written by Frank Miller & directed by Zack Snyder. During his career he has worked with; Angelina Jolie, Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Sam Neill, Timothy Hutton, David Duchovny, Rhys Ifans, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Robin Williams, John Turturro, and Jean-Marc Barr.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Thomas

Trivia (4)

His prosthetic make-up work for the character; Ephialtes in 300 (2006) took 10 hours to apply. The longest he spent in the costume was 30 hours whilst filming in the Persian Tent.
Studied at the Drama Centre London where such stars as; Colin Firth, John Simm, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Bettany and Michael Fassbender trained.
His first taste of acting was in the Birmingham Youth Theatre and National Youth Theatre, which he attended alongside Adrian Lester.
His first credited film was in 1989 which was Dead Cat (1989) he acted alongside Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle fame and the Avant Garde film-maker Derek Jarman. Jarman later went on to cast Tiernan as Gaveston in Edward II (1991) playing opposite Tilda Swinton.

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