Aidan Gillen

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Actor

Birth Date: April 24, 1968

Age: 55 years old

Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland

A human chameleon with a deft touch at playing charismatic heels, Aidan Gillen became an intrinsic player to some of the most groundbreaking television shows of the 1990s and 2000s, including such prestige fare as the U.K.'s "Queer as Folk" (Channel 4, 1999-2000) and HBO's "The Wire" (2002-08) and "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). In the early 1990s, the Irish-born Gillen established a footprint in the U.K. theater scene and a run of well-regarded independent films like "Circle of Friends" (1995), "Some Mother's Son" (1996), "Mojo" (1997) and "Buddy Boy" (1999). In 1999, he landed one of the leads on the daring British series "Queer as Folk," one of the first humanizing looks at gay culture in television history. In 2003, Gillen's Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" earned him a Tony nomination, setting him up for a memorable splash on U.S. television as Mayor Tommy Carcetti on HBO's magnum opus urban drama "The Wire." Gillen carved a niche playing textured, scene-stealing villains in projects such as "Lorna Doone" (BBC, 2000), "The Final Curtain" (2002), "Shanghai Knights" (2003), "Blackout" (2008), "Freefall" (BBC, 2009) and "Blitz" (2011), capped deftly by his return home to play a mob boss in the Irish drama "Love/Hate" (RTE, 2010-11) and the Machiavellian counselor Littlefinger on "Game of Thrones." That international hit widened his profile even further, allowing him strong supporting roles in films like "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" (2015), gang drama "Still" (2014) and Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (2017).

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Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung

Self
Show
2023

Barber

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Val Barber
Movie
2023

Dance First

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James Joyce
Movie
2023

That Dirty Black BagStream

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Butler
Series
2022

Mayor of KingstownStream

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Milo Sunter
Series
2021
42%

Killers of the Cosmos

Narrator
Show
2021

KinStream

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Movie
2021
94%

Those Who Wish Me Dead: Extras

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Show
2021

Those Who Wish Me DeadStream

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Jack
Movie
2021
62%

Division: The Irish Soccer Split

Narrator
Show
2019

Project Blue BookStream

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Dr. J. Allen Hynek
Docudrama
2019
67%

Rose Plays Julie

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Peter
Movie
2019

Dave Allen at Peace

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Dave Allen
Show
2018

Maze Runner: The Death CureStream

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Janson
Movie
2018
43%

Bohemian RhapsodyStream

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John Reid
Movie
2018
60%

We Ourselves

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Movie
2018

Urban MythsStream

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Timothy Leary
Series
2017

King Arthur: Legend of the SwordStream

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Bill
Movie
2017
31%

The LoversStream

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Robert
Movie
2017
82%

Kochankowie

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Robert
Movie
2017

Sing Street

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Robert
Movie
2016

Still

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Carver
Movie
2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsStream

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Janson
Movie
2015
48%

You're Ugly Too

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Will
Movie
2015

The Note

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Lars
Show
2014

Wonderland

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2014

Calvary

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Frank Harte
Movie
2014

Peaky BlindersStream

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Aidan Gillen
Series
2013
93%

The Feed

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Show
2013

Mayday

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Show
2013

Mister John

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Gerry Devine
Movie
2013

Beneath the Harvest Sky

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Clayton
Movie
2013

Scrapper

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Ray
Movie
2013

Ekki Mukk

Actor
Show
2012

The Good Man

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Michael
Movie
2012

Ekki Mukk

Actor
Movie
2012

Shadow Dancer

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Gerry
Movie
2012

Game of Thrones FREE

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Petyr Baelish
Show
2011

Game of ThronesStream

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Petyr Baelish
Series
2011
88%

Blitz

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Weiss
Movie
2011

Wake Wood

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Patrick
Movie
2011

Thorne

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Phil Hendricks
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2010

Love/HateStream

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John Boy Power
Series
2010

Identity

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2010

Treacle Jr.

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Aidan
Movie
2010

Thorne: le dernier battement de cil

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Movie
2010

12 RoundsStream

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Miles Jackson
Movie
2009
31%

Freefall

Actor
Gus
Movie
2009

Blackout

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Karl
Movie
2007

The One Show

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2006

Law & Order: Trial by JuryStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

Trouble With Sex

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Conor
Movie
2005

Walk Away and I Stumble

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Movie
2005

Shanghai Knights

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Lord Nelson Rathbone
Movie
2003

Poirot: Five Little Pigs

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Amyas Crale
Movie
2003

Poirot: Cinq petits cochons

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Movie
2003

The WireStream

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Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti
Series
2002
94%

The Wire FREE

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Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti
Show
2002

The Final Curtain

Actor
Dave Turner
Movie
2002

My Kingdom

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Puttnam
Movie
2001

Lorna Doone

Actor
Carver Doone
Show
2000

Misiones Peligrosas

Actor
Movie
2000

The Darkling

Actor
Jeff Obold
Movie
2000

Lorna Doone

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Carver Doone
Movie
2000

The Low Down

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Frank
Movie
2000

Queer as FolkStream

Actor
Series
1999
100%

Buddy Boy

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Francis
Movie
1999

Mojo

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Baby
Movie
1997

Gold in the Streets

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Paddy
Movie
1997

Some Mother's Son

Actor
Gerard Quigley
Movie
1996

Circle of Friends

Actor
Aidan Lynch
Movie
1995

Safe

Actor
Gypo
Movie
1993

An Ungentlemanly Act

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Marine Wilcox
Movie
1992

Agatha Christie's PoirotStream

Actor
Amyas Crale
Series
1989

The Bill

Actor
Jeff Barratt
Show
1984

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Doctor WhoStream

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Hippias
Series
1963
68%

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