Apr. 24th, 1968
Aidan Gillen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - 12 Rounds
2003 - Shanghai Knights
1995 - Circle of Friends
Guest TV Roles
Aidan Gillen (born Aidan Murphy on 24 April 1968) is an Irish stage and screen actor, best known in the UK for his role as Stuart Jones in the ground-breaking Channel 4 television series Queer as Folk. He is perhaps best known to US audiences for his role in HBO's television series The Wire in which he plays Tommy Carcetti, the mayor of Baltimore.
Gillen was born in the Drumcondra suburb of Dublin, Ireland, and educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S., Glasnevin. He began his acting career as a teenager with Dublin Youth Theatre, at the age of 16 playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Project Arts Centre, before moving to London.
He is perhaps best known in the UK for his role as Stuart Alan Jones in the ground-breaking British television series, Queer as Folk, and its sequel, Queer as Folk 2, for which he was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 2000. American audiences know him best for his role as Tommy Carcetti in HBO's television series The Wire.
Gillen was nominated for a Tony Award for his highly acclaimed Broadway role in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker in 2003. He has also been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Teach in the Dublin Gate Theatre's 2007 production of David Mamet's American Buffalo'.
Gillen appeared alongside the professional wrestler John Cena in the 2009 film 12 Rounds. In July of that year, he appeared in a one-off BBC2 drama Freefall along with Dominic Cooper and Sarah Harding.
In July 2010, it was confirmed that Gillen would be playing the important role of Petyr Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
In 2001, Gillen married his girlfriend Olivia O'Flanagan. The couple live in Ireland, with children Berry (born in 1997) and Joe (born in 2000) . In 2009, when Gillen won an Irish Film and Television Awards award for his role in The Wire, he dedicated the award to Olivia and their two children
- Brown haired Irish actor who got his big break in the controversial, highly acclaimed TV series _"Queer as Folk" (1999)_ (qv).
- 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. http://tonys.broadway.com/nominee_detail.cfm?nom_id=43&category=Feature dActorPlay
- (2001) Now lives in North London with girlfriend Olivia and their children, daughter Berry and son Joe.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of 'Harold Pinter' (qv)'s "The Caretaker."
- Has a sister, Fionnuala Murphy, who is also an actress.
- Mother is a nurse and his late father was an architect.