Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne


Gabriel Byrne started his acting career with Ireland's renowned Focus Theatre group, later joining London's Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, where he played leading roles before moving to the United States.

Gabriel recently played the role of Samuel O'Shea in Matt Bissonnette's feature film DEATH OF A LADIES MAN. He is currently filming the role of 'Bill' in the second series of WAR OF THE WORLDS directed by Richard Clark and Gilles Coulier for Canal + and AGC Television. Other recent credit credits include the feature film LOST GIRLS directed by Liz Garbus, the Netflix series MANIAC directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and the TV Series ‘ZeroZeroZero’ directed by Janus Metz, Stefano Sollima and Pablo Trapero for Amazon Studios.

Recent film credits include HEREDITARY directed by Ari Aster, MAD TO BE NORMAL directed by Robert Mullan, and LOUDER THAN BOMBS directed by Joachim Trier.

On Broadway, he received a Tony nomination for his performance in Eugene O'Neill's MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his performance in another O'Neill play, A TOUCH OF THE POET. 2016 saw Gabriel return to Broadway after a ten-year break, starring opposite Jessica Lange in O'Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT directed by Jonathan Kent. For his performance as James Tyrone, Gabriel received Best Actor nominations from The Tony Awards and Outer Critics Circle.


Byrne has worked with some of cinema's leading directors, including the Coen Brothers, Wim Wenders, Costa Gavras, Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, John Boorman, David Cronenberg and Bryan Singer. He has starred in more than 60 feature films including EXCALIBUR, MILLER'S CROSSING, INTO THE WEST, THE POINT OF NO RETURN, LITTLE WOMEN, SPIDER, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, DEAD MAN, THE END OF VIOLENCE, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, VANITY FAIR, JINDABYNE and WAH-WAH.

His television credits include the History Channels' VIKINGS, the three-part BBC miniseries QUIRKE, SECRET STATE, directed by Ed Fraiman for Channel 4 and WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION and IN TREATMENT, both for HBO. Gabriel was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for IN TREATMENT at the 60th and 61st Emmy Awards, and he received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series for the same role in 2008.


His producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and INTO THE WEST.

Gabriel is based in New York.