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Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

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AIDAN J CROWLEY / AODHÁN S O' CRUADHLAOÍ

Aidan J Crowley was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and raised in Co. Cork. He has been a professional actor and singer for over twenty years with numerous credits to his name. He is also a filmmaker, writing/directing many short films and has been working on his feature debut, a triptych called The Scowling Dusk, as actor/writer/director/producer for a number of years.. There are additional film/theatre projects in the works such as If You Only Wate A Whil Longer and NewtonCorrigan. He is known for his independence in filmmaking and preferring to shoot using old-fashioned in-camera methods, whilst creating his own particular stylistic design and acting on his films and in cinematography, puppetry, stop-motion and make-ups, logos and publicity. As an actor he is known for his research, immersing himself into the role and changing his appearance for every part. Crowley continues an eclectic workload including his music and voice (see below) his own songwriting. There are boutique publishing projects such as AtlanticSanctuary and WhenTimeWasAPlayfulChild, the poetry of his late friend Tom O'Connor. He is also recording an ongoing selection from Shakespeare called In This Last Tempest.

Training

Initially training as a professional actor at Mountview Theatre School in London (graduating 1998), winning both theStage newspaper three year acting and musical theatre scholarship and the Mountview singing scholarship. After more than twenty years in the business he has played over eighty different roles in various guises to date. Essentially a character actor, he usually never looks the same as the part requires and prefers to go as far as he can with 'transformation' in acting. He has been described as a Method actor although this is not necessarily accurate. He is currently preparing to shoot a feature film trilogy in which he will play a major character and produce/direct.

Crowley also studied acting at the Cork Arts and Theatre Club, the Phoenix Contemporary Theatre School, the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, two seasons at the Manchester Youth Theatre (NYT), Shakespeare at RADA and with the Actors Company at the London Centre for Theatre Studies. He began a Master's Degree in Shakespeare at Royal Holloway (University of London) but had to leave due to being offered a theatre tour.

Selected Credits

Throughout 2013 Crowley produced his one man show entitled We Are Dust & Shadow as part of the Solo Festival at the Lord Stanley Theatre and subsequently at the Baron's Court Theatre. This performance won the award for Most Original Act at the 2013 Solo Festival in London. Prior to returning to the role of Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore tour in 2014 he appeared as The Fool in theEclipse at the Union Theatre, which he also produced. Selected Theatre credits include: Blossom, Bellowes u/s and Postman in Doctor Dolittle UK Tour, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Valene in The Lonesome West, Louis in Chelinot, George in Private Exposure, Kreutchmar in The Surgeon & the Nurse, Toennesen in The Pillars of Society, Mick Connor in Comedians, Rev. Hale in The Crucible, Pastor Manders in Ghosts, Soldier in Bacchai, Ghoul in The Rocky Horror Show, Raynor in Black Coffee, Det. Sgt. Penny in The Hollow, Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever, Allwit in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Solyony in Three Sisters, Bill in Popcorn, Constable in Wait Until Dark, John in Oleanna, Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part 1, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Richard Mulcahy in Frongoch, Rakitin in A Month in the Country, Whitney in The Stonewater Rapture, Bandit/Johnstone in The Hard Man, Peter Kien in The Windmill, Gold in The Wild Party, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, The Commissioner in Lysistrata.

Film/Television/Commercial includes: Tenor in Conn-X Greece, Patient in The Psychiatrist RaboBank Ireland, Dandy in Badger or Bust trailer, Husband in Halifax Ireland, Travolta in Daddy Cool, The Man in Old Friend, Fish in Lee's Sitcom, Addict in Discovery Theme Parks, Dave in Fruice, Rebel in Nobby's Nuts, Crazy Hair in Manpower.

Voiceover/Radio includes: Time Warner, Cartoon Network, Thresher's, guest newspaper reviewer on BBC London 94.9fm.

Voice & Music

Crowley is an Heroic Tenor and he has studied voice with many highly regarded vocal tutors over the years including: Susie Webster, Nathan Martin, Claire Groom, Phillip Tebb, Lynton Atkinson, Alexander Massey, Neil Howlett, Mary Hammond RAM, Roderick Earle RCM. His first classical/crossover album is called Those Strange Elusive Tears with the gifted cellist Deryn Cullen.

He is also a singer/songwriter and created 593records to produce his own Alternative/Vocals/Guitars/Orchestral music; an experiment in music exploring a hybrid-classical style, aria, songwriting, folk/rock and classical voice. Crowley is working on recording his first complete experimental songwriting album Tchaikovsky's Daughter & The 1308 Banshee and likes to experiment in his own unique, simple Guitar style, each song written with different/unusual tunings, whilst working with various effects systems and orchestrations.

Creative & Artist

In 2013 Crowley decided to take more control and focus more on his own works and produce his own film and music projects and he has been working on this ever since. To pursue and produce his own works as a musician, writer, publisher, producer, director and filmmaker. Aidan also has a focus on effective altruism with an interest in different Cultures and Diversity and an intense dislike of racism and bigotry of any kind.

Crowley, an actor, writer, producer, director, filmmaker, tenor, songwriter, musician...obviously has many interests, with an eclectic variety of creative projects in operation at any one time. He has multifaceted interests and a great curiosity towards life. Crowley's pursuits have taken him on adventures as varied as research into his great love of Shakespeare, Esoteric Philosophy and even in the medical world as a Corporal in the Irish Red Cross and in the operating room, training for a time in the NHS as an anaesthetic and surgical assistant. He is also a published writer, art collector and an artist in pastel/pencil. Aviation is also a very important escape from the world and he is a student Private Pilot which he takes very seriously.

Biography ©copyright 2019 Robert McEllister

- IMDb Mini Biography By: SummaryBiog ©2018 Robert McEllister

Trade Mark (4)

His films are usually esoteric, expressionism, shot in black and white.
Changes his appearance and voice for every role.
Powerful tenor singing voice.
Lilting Irish voice.

Trivia (43)

Appeared in the background of an episode of UK series 'Mr. Bean' back in the early nineties whilst in training.
Had a written communication with the actor Paul Scofield who gave him much advice.
Met the actor Alan Bates after a production in the West End. When Crowley asked his advice Bates told him: "Just always try to do good work young man, success is the Emperor's new clothes." He has tried to follow this advice all his career.
Winner of the 1996 Three Year Acting & Musical Theatre Scholarship to Mountview Theatre School sponsored by the Stage newspaper. He also won the Mountview Singing Scholarship in 1997.
Won the Solo Theatre Award (2013) - Most Unique Production, Actor in One Man Play for his one man play 'We Are Dust & Shadow'. Very grateful to Victor Sobchak at Solo and Ron Philips at the Baron's Court Theatre where the production was played.
Crowley is a Dramatic Tenor but with a dark tone such as found in German repertoire. He has studied voice with many highly regarded vocal tutors over the years including: Susie Webster, Nathan Martin, Claire Groom, Phillip Tebb, Lynton Atkinson, Alexander Massey, Neil Howlett, Mary Hammond RAM, Roderick Earle RCM. He has released 8 studio albums via 5/93records of interpretations of classical and contemporary song as well as his own songwriting. His music can be found online at various outlets.
Influences include: Spencer Tracy, Gérard Depardieu, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Terry Gilliam, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Burton, Paul Scofield, Tim Burton, Orson Welles, Robert Krasker, Carl Dreyer, Peter Greenaway, Stanley Cortez, Angus McBean, Jon Vickers, Ronnie Del Rio, Brice Dickinson, Robbie Krieger, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Robert Fripp, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour.
Is a singer/songwriter and names all his guitars 'SeraphinaRosalina'.
Filmmakers that influence me and my style? It is actual really straightforward. Tarkovsky, Bergman, Aleksei German, Béla Tarr, Kubrick, Breton and Welles. If you look at what I try to do they are all there somewhere. I have a way to go...
Has many tattoos but these are usually hidden under make-up and costume when on stage/screen.
Lost three close friends in his late twenties early thirties which affected him deeply. Zane Aver was a fellow actor at Mountview who died in his twenties. Lee Rhodes another actor friend, sadly took his own life. Fellow Irish actor and poet Tom O'Connor died from cancer.
Chooses not have Representation or a Publicist/Manager. But does have an Assistant. He had a number of challenging experiences with difficult agents as a young actor.
The Irish actor James N. Healy gave him much encouragement and advice when he decided to be an actor. As did the screenwriter Jim Eldridge who used to live nearby in Co. Cork.
Has a Private Pilot's licence and considers aviation very important to him.
Appeared as a regular guest on BBC Radio London for Newspaper reviews. Was also featured as a singing guest by presenter JoAnne Good.
Considers True & False by David Mamet, To The Actor by Michael Chekhov and The Art Of Acting by Stella Adler some of the best books on acting ever written.
Likes to work with the same troupe of actors on all his projects if schedules allow. He considers this an old fashioned acting company as in the theatre.
Trained at Mountview Theatre School, Actors Company LCTS and short courses in Shakespeare and acting at RADA, National Youth Theatre and the Gaiety School Of Acting. Was studying for his Master's in Shakespeare at the Royal Holloway University but had to leave to go on tour.
Aidan J Crowley writes all of his films and characters in the same 'universe' that contain three unusual places he calls Kloxalis, YomiKamta and Târamül and the workings of a mysterious group called the Nexcoyomeh. This universe is a alternative to Earth.
Known as a very private man and prefers to keep his work and personal life separate.
It is vital never to lose sight of your own unique Vision as an artist. The temptation of following the crowd, doing things the usual way just because 'that is how it has always been done', fame, fortune, making money, Hollywoodland dreams is strong. But this is not the path of an Artist. Don't fall for the hollow sheen of fame. You have to preserve your unique methodology whether you are an actor, filmmaker, dancer, singer, painter et al. There is only one of you in the entire universe, so why edit your expression to please others....be absolutely authentic to yourself, be the Renegade and the prosperity follows. Then your work and creative life will have value to the most important person in the equation...YOU. [Production note written by Crowley].
Published two books of poetry by his late friend Tom O'Connor, Atlantic Sanctuary and When Time Was a Playful Child. O'Connor was an Irish actor and writer from Co. Cork.
Took a couple of years away from the acting business in his thirties, as he was frustrated with the attitude/arrogance of some in the business. Trained/worked in the operating rooms for the NHS as an Operating Department Practitioner/Surgical Assistant. Considers this a very humbling formative experience and made him a better human-being. Ultimately decided to return to acting, theatre, film as his own Producer.
Prefers to Produce and finance his projects entirely himself. Often writes, directs, photographs, edits and appears in his own film projects. Preferring the creative freedom this allows. He feels independent filmmaking in particular should be simple with a focus on the actors, imagery and mood but this should not preclude working on epic/fantasy/thriller genre. Chooses to shoot in black and white.
Appeared in a number of productions at the old Union Theatre in Southwark and on tour for producer(s) Sasha Regan and Ben De Wynter.
Before moving to the UK some of his early training was in Co. Cork, Ireland at the Phoenix Contemporary Theatre School in Skibbereen and at the Cork Arts & Theatre Club. He also attended summer acting training at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.
Performed for two seasons at the National Youth Theatre in Manchester for Geoffrey and Hazel Sykes.
Is an admirer of the Heldentenor, especially Max Lorenz and Jon Vickers. Considers the late Giuseppe Giacomini one of the world's greatest tenors.
Is adopted. Born in Dublin, raised in Co. Cork, EIRE.
Left-handed. However plays guitar right handed.
Nominated for Best Actor, Royal Wolf Film Awards, for his work on Valdís (2022).
Winner Best Actor, for his work on Valdís (2022) at World Film Carnival Singapore.
Winner Silver Award - Best Director for his work on Valdís (2022). Mindfield Film Festival, Albuquerque.
Winner Diamond Award - Best Actor for his work on Valdís (2022). Mindfield Film Festival, Albuquerque.
Winner, Gold Award, Best Actor for his work on Valdís, Royal Wolf Film Awards, Los Angeles.
When he was a child Crowley met Johnny Cash in the old Jury's Hotel in Cork city. He always remembers standing in front of a very tall man who was wearing black and shaking his hand.
A great fan of old Hollywood and classic movies Aidan was very surprised to bump into the legendary Mickey Rooney in Sunderland UK backstage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre. He considers this a very surreal moment.
Music Video for an aria from Siegfried (Wagner) Official Selection (2022) for Best Music Video at the International Music Video Awards. Cello played and arranged by Deryn Cullen. Produced and Directed by AJC.
His indie gothic web-series Valdís (2022) is the recipient of various festival/web-fest selections and acting awards.
Nominated Best Actor in Music Video (2022) for his performance of Siegfried (Wagner) aria at the International Music Video Awards.
Official Selection Best Music Video (2022) for his Siegfried (Wagner) aria at the International Music Video Awards.
Official Selection and Finalist, Best Music Video (2022) for his Siegfried (Wagner) aria at the Cult Critic Movie Awards.
Official Selection Best Music Video (2022) for his Siegfried (Wagner) aria at the Luleå International Film Festival, Sweden.

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