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Stephen Rea

Highest Rated:   100% Bad Behavior (1993)
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Birthplace:   Belfast, Northern Ireland
Exhibiting perpetual intensity and the dark, hangdog looks of someone who has been run over by life one too many times, Stephen Rea is one of Ireland's most popular and well-respected actors. Although he has acted in films in diverse genres, Rea is most closely associated with his collaborations with director Neil Jordan, particularly The Crying Game, for which he earned Oscar and BAFTA nominations.Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1943, Rea was brought up in a working-class Protestant family. After training at the Abbey Theatre School, he began acting on the stage, screen, and television, making his film debut in the 1970 thriller Cry of the Banshee. He first collaborated with Jordan in 1982 on Angel, a crime drama in which he played a saxophonist who witnesses a number of brutal murders. The two again collaborated in 1984 on The Company of Wolves, a modern retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. That same year, Rea worked with Mike Leigh on Four Days in July; he would later work with him on Leigh's celebrated Life is Sweet (1991). In addition to his work on the screen, Rea formed the Field Day Theatre Company with playwrights Brian Friel and Seamus Heaney, bringing theatre to rural communities across Ireland.In 1992, Rea was introduced to international audiences with his role as an IRA "volunteer" in The Crying Game. Thanks to the film's great success and the praise surrounding his performance, Rea went on to appear in a number of high profile films, including Jordan's adaptation of Interview with the Vampire and Robert Altman's Ready to Wear, in which he gave a delightful portrayal of an egotistical fashion photographer. In addition to further collaborations with Jordan (1996's Michael Collins, 1997's The Butcher Boy), Rea continued to do solid work in films ranging from dramas (This is My Father, 1998) to comedy spoofs (Still Crazy, also 1998). In 1999 alone, Rea could be seen in no less than four divergent films. Following a turn as a psychiatrist in the big-budget thriller In Dreams, he starred as a bohemian photographer with a predilection for young, deeply insecure women in Audrey Wells' celebrated Guinevere. Later that year, he returned to Ireland for I Could Read the Sky and then starred alongside Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in the adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair. Over the next several years, Rea would prove to be a consistent presence on screen, appearing in movies like The Good Shepherd, Control, V for Vendetta, and Underworld: Awakening.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Curse Of Styria
  • Dr. Hill
2016
No Score Yet Ruby l'apprentie sorcière
  • Danforth
2015
No Score Yet Asylum
  • Actor
2015
24% Out Of The Dark
  • Jordan
2015
No Score Yet Ruby Strangelove Young Witch
  • Actor
2015
18% Menú degustació (Tasting Menu)
  • Walter
$19.2k 2014
60% Stella Days
  • Brendan McSweeney
2012
27% Underworld: Awakening
  • Dr. Jacob Lane
$62.4M 2012
40% Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
  • Doc
2012
75% Blackthorn
  • Mackinley
$0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Roadkill
  • Officer
2011
80% Nothing Personal
  • Martin
2010
85% Kisses
  • Down Under Dylan
$81.8k 2010
70% Ondine
  • Priest
$0.6M 2010
No Score Yet Espion(s)
  • Palmer
2009
No Score Yet The Heavy
  • Anawalt
2008
72% Stuck
  • Tom
2008
No Score Yet Heidi 4 Paws
  • Doctor
2008
8% The Reaping
  • Father Costigan
$25.1M 2007
No Score Yet Until Death
  • Gabriel Callaghan
2007
No Score Yet The Devil's Mercy
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Devil's Mercy
  • Tyler Grant
2007
64% Sixty Six
  • Dr. Barrie
2006
No Score Yet Sisters
  • Dr. Philip Lacan
2006
73% V for Vendetta
  • Finch
$70.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Good Shepherd
  • Actor
2005
56% Breakfast on Pluto
  • Bertie
$0.8M 2005
40% Honra e Liberdade
  • Francis
2005
43% The I Inside
  • Dr. Newman
2005
No Score Yet Tara Road
  • Colm
2005
No Score Yet Proud
  • Barney Garvey
2004
No Score Yet Bloom
  • Leopold Bloom
2004
0% The Doctor and the Devils
  • Timothy Broom
2003
64% Evelyn
  • Michael Beattie
$1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Copenhagen
  • Neils Bohr
2002
3% Feardotcom
  • Alistair Pratt
$13.2M 2002
11% The Musketeer
  • Cardinal Richelieu
$26.6M 2001
No Score Yet Snow in August
  • Rabbi Judah Hirsch
2001
63% On the Edge
  • Dr. Figure
2001
No Score Yet Armadillo
  • George Hogg
2001
67% The End of the Affair
  • Henry Miles
1999
86% Guinevere
  • Connie
1999
75% This Is My Father
  • Father Quinn
1999
25% In Dreams
  • Dr. Silverman
1999
80% The Life Before This
  • Brian
1999
No Score Yet I Could Read The Sky
  • P.J.
1999
73% Still Crazy
  • Tony Costello
1998
No Score Yet The Last of the High Kings
  • Cab Driver
1998
No Score Yet The Break
  • Dowd
1998
No Score Yet Sink or Swim
  • Brian
1997
No Score Yet Double Tap
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie
  • Trojan Eddie
1997
78% The Butcher Boy
  • NarratorDa Brady
1997
50% Fever Pitch
  • Ray, the Governor
1997
78% Michael Collins
  • Ned Broy
1996
No Score Yet Crime of the Century
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann
1996
No Score Yet Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Li)
  • Nikos
1995
86% Citizen X
  • Lt. Viktor Burakov
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Milo O'Brannigan
1994
62% Interview with the Vampire
  • Santiago
1994
60% Princess Caraboo
  • Gutch
1994
40% Angie
  • Noel
1994
100% Bad Behavior
  • Gerry McAllister
1993
97% The Crying Game
  • Fergus
1992
100% Life Is Sweet
  • Patsy
1991
No Score Yet Conecciones Sueltas
  • Harry
1988
No Score Yet Four Days in July
  • Dixie
1985
77% The Company of Wolves
  • Young Groom
1984
No Score Yet Angel
  • Danny
1982
No Score Yet Angel (Danny Boy)
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Cry of the Banshee
  • Villager
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Honorable Woman
2014
  • Hugh Hayden-Hoyle
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Shadow Line
2011
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Callum Donovan
  • 2009
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Ejlert Lovborg
  • 1993
  • 1989
No Score Yet Counterpart
2017
  • Alexander Pope

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