John Lynch

John Lynch

Highest Rated: 100% Edward II (1992)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1961

Birthplace: Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, UK

An actor whose sad eyes and brooding presence often get him cast as moody, tragic figures, John Lynch first lent his haunted charm to the title role of Pat O'Connor's Cal (1984). Cast as a young IRA recruit who falls in love with the widow (Helen Mirren) of a man he has killed, Lynch earned wide praise for his sensitive, complex performance, and more than held his own opposite the more seasoned Mirren.Born in Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, on December 26, 1961, Lynch was raised as the eldest of five children (his sister, Susan Lynch, also went into acting). He got his first break during his second year at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, when he was picked to star in Cal. Following his work on the film, Lynch dropped out of the movies for almost a decade, preferring to work on the stage in England and Ireland. When he resurfaced in front of the cameras in the mid-'90s, he began working steadily, appearing in films ranging from Agneiszka Holland's celebrated 1993 adaptation of The Secret Garden, to Jim Sheridan's acclaimed political drama In the Name of the Father (1993), to John Sayles' similarly feted family fantasy The Secret of Roan Inish (1994), which also featured Lynch's sister, Susan. In addition to In the Name of the Father, Lynch did starring work in subsequent dramas that focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Among them were Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Nothing Personal (1995), in which the actor portrayed an apolitical but conflicted Catholic; and Terry George's Some Mother's Son (1996), an account of the 1981 Belfast prisoner's hunger strike that, in addition to casting Lynch as IRA prisoner and strike leader Bobby Sands, reunited him with Cal co-star Mirren. In 1998, he appeared in the little-seen This Is the Sea, a romantic drama about the relationship between a Protestant woman and a Catholic man living in post-1994 cease-fire Northern Ireland.Lynch has also worked in films that have taken him out of the geographical and topical boundaries of Northern Ireland. Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors (1998) saw him play Gwyneth Paltrow's hapless, two-timing boyfriend, while Best (2000), which Lynch co-wrote with his wife, Mary McGuckian, who also directed, cast him as the title figure of real-life football legend George Best. And, like many actors hailing from that section of the world, Lynch has also put in time in various period dramas, including the 1996 TV adaptation of Moll Flanders.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Paulo - Apóstolo de Cristo Aquilla 2018
45% Paul, Apostle of Christ Aquilla 2018
69% Pilgrimage The Herbalist - Brother Ciaran 2017
No Score Yet Alleycats Actor 2016
43% Killing Jesus Nicodemus 2015
63% Private Peaceful Actor 2014
No Score Yet Scintilla (The Hybrid) Powell 2014
No Score Yet Killing American Style John Lynch 2014
No Score Yet Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir Producer 2012
36% Ghosted Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Tournament Gene Walker 2009
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song Actor 2007
No Score Yet NFL Moment of Impact Actor 2007
93% Lassie Sam Carraclough $0.6M 2006
64% Isolation Dan 2006
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey Capt. Alvarado 2005
No Score Yet Puckoon O'Brien 2003
64% Evelyn Wolfe $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Seventh Stream Dunhill 2001
33% The Quarry The Man 2000
No Score Yet Best Actor 2000
No Score Yet Walking with Dinosaurs Producer 1999
No Score Yet Night Train Director 1998
No Score Yet 1871 Actor 1997
No Score Yet This is the Sea Padhar McAliskey 1997
43% Moll Flanders Artist 1996
95% The Secret of Roan Inish Tadhg 1995
63% Princess Caraboo Amon McCarthy 1994
No Score Yet Words upon the Window Pane John Corbet 1994
94% In the Name of the Father Hill 1993
No Score Yet The Railway Station Man Damian Sweeney 1992
100% Edward II Spencer 1992
91% Cal Cal 1984


No Score Yet Medici
No Score Yet One of Us
Bill Douglas 2017
84% The Fall
ACC Burns 2016
No Score Yet Shetland
64% Labyrinth
Simon de Montfort 2014
No Score Yet Vera
Edmund Fulwell 2012
No Score Yet MI-5
Davie King 2010
85% Merlin
Balinor 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Nemo 2006
No Score Yet Silent Witness
Tom Flannery


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Hob says: She was beautiful...and real.

Wolfstan says: *fastening torture restraints* THIS is real.

Lord Craven says: You brought us back to life, Mary. You did something I thought no one could do.