Brendan has just completed filming on Martin McDonagh's new feature film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. Recent projects include the second series of Nick Hornby's STATE OF THE UNION directed by Stephen Frears, the role of Donald Trump in the CBS miniseries THE COMEY RULE; a role for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes. He will soon be seen in the role of King Duncan in Joel Coen's film adaptation of MACBETH, which is due for release this year. He recently lent his voice to the role of 'The Huntsman' in RIVERDANCE: THE ANIMATED ADVENTURE.
He played the lead role in three seasons of the acclaimed, MR MERCEDES based on the Bill Hodges novel trilogy by Stephen King.
On stage, he played the role of Dinny in Landmark Productions THE WALWORTH FARCE by Enda Walsh, alongside Brian and Domhnall Gleeson.
Other recent projects include FRANKIE opposite Marisa Tomei and directed by Ira Sachs, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS directed by the Coen Brothers, PADDINGTON 2 directed by Paul King, HAMPSTEAD opposite Diane Keaton and directed by Joel Hopkins, LIVE BY NIGHT directed by Ben Affleck, Justin Kurzel’s ASSASSIN’S CREED with Michael Fassbender, Vincent Perez’s ALONE IN BERLIN opposite Emma Thompson, Adam Smith's TRESPASS AGAINST US, Sarah Gavron's SUFFRAGETTE with Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, and IN THE HEART OF THE SEA directed by Ron Howard.
Other projects in recent years include CALVARY directed by John Michael McDonagh, Doug Liman's EDGE OF TOMORROW with Tom Cruise, and Cartoon Saloon’s SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore. He is also well-known for his role as Professor Alastor Moody in the HARRY POTTER films, and for his portrayal of Sergeant Gerry Boyle in John Michael McDonagh’s THE GUARD.
Brendan was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for his role as Ken in Martin McDonagh’s IN BRUGES and won an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in HBO’s INTO THE STORM, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA for this performance.
He is an accomplished musician, playing the fiddle and mandolin.
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