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Aidan Gillen



The embodiment of the line "when Irish eyes are smiling, they're up to something bad," Aidan Gillen oozed ruthless charisma and wicked sex appeal in his role as the sexually prolific Stuart Alan Jones in the 1999 British TV series Queer As Folk. Bringing wry humor and understatement to a potentially over-the-top role, Gillen earned a reputation as one of the U.K.'s most compulsively watchable new performers.

Born in Dublin, Gillen got his professional start in the late '80s, appearing in minor film roles. He worked steadily through the 1990s, in film and on television, popping up in such diverse offerings as Circle of Friends (1995), Some Mother's Son (1996), and Jez Butterworth's Mojo (1997). His major breakthrough role was inarguably that of Queer As Folk's Stuart, an arrogant, vain, and thoroughly sexy PR executive who strips countless men of both their clothing and resistance. The success of the controversial miniseries ensured that it -- and its talented actors -- would be back for a second go-round, which followed in 2000. That same year, Gillen found accompanying acclaim on the big screen, in Jamie Thraves' acclaimed directorial debut The Low Down, in which he starred as an amiable but frustrated commercial artist whose life changes when he meets a radiant, ambitious woman. He appeared in both My Kingdom and Lorna Doone, as well as the action comedy Shanghai Knights before joining the cast of the revered HBO series The Wire in that show's third season. When his time on that program came to a close he was in the action film 12 Rounds, and then was cast in the series Identity.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
  • Goosefat Bill
2017
No Score Yet The Lovers
  • Actor
2017
96% Sing Street
  • Robert
2016
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Janson
2015
58% Still
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet You're Ugly Too
  • Actor
2015
89% Calvary
  • Dr. Frank Harte
2014
62% Beneath The Harvest Sky
  • Clayton
2014
70% Dark Touch
  • Actor
2013
82% Shadow Dancer
  • Gerry
2013
No Score Yet Scrapper
  • Actor
2013
82% Mister John
  • Gerry Devine
2013
48% Blitz
  • Weiss
2011
No Score Yet Thorne: Scaredy Cat
  • Phil Hendricks
2010
83% Treacle Jr.
  • Aidan
2010
No Score Yet Freefall
  • Actor
2009
29% 12 Rounds
  • Miles
2009
82% Wake Wood
  • Patrick
2009
No Score Yet Blackout
  • Karl
2008
No Score Yet Trouble with Sex
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Final Curtain
  • Dave Turner
2003
66% Shanghai Knights
  • Lord Nelson Rathbone
2003
35% Mi Reino
  • Puttnam
2002
59% The Low Down
  • Frank
2001
No Score Yet Lorna Doone
  • Carver Doone
2000
No Score Yet The Darkling
  • Jeff Obold
2000
63% Buddy Boy
  • Francis
2000
No Score Yet The Second Death
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Queer as Folk 2
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Gold in the Streets
  • Paddy
1997
69% Some Mother's Son
  • Gerard Quigley
1996
78% Circle of Friends
  • Aidan
1994
No Score Yet The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
  • Youth at Liquor Store
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
95% Game of Thrones
2011-2016
  • Gendry Petyr Baelish Balon Greyjoy Tormund
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Tommy Carcetti Mayor Thomas Carcetti Councilman Thomas Carcetti

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