Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor, used to shoot in Hollywood movies. His talent and charisma have allowed him to play in major feature films such as Braveheart, Harry Potter, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Gangs of New York, and The Legend of Beowulf.
Brendan Gleeson was born on 29 March 1956 in Dublin, where he spent a childhood rocked by his proven taste for literature and the great Irish writers. From high school, he tried his hand at theatre, then joined the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, while he spent his time playing music in the street.
But Gleeson wants more, and decides to leave his native Ireland to join the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a school that allows him to obtain a diploma after 3 years. He then joins the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he spends a few years acting in plays…
Gleeson is soon looking for new challenges and wants to try his hand at filmmaking. He quickly auditioned for the role of Michael Collins in “The Treaty”, a TV movie produced by RTE One.
In 1990, Brendan Gleeson was spotted by Hollywood and played in Far Horizons (with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman), “Le Cheval venu de la mer”, then the famous film “Braveheart”, where he played William Wallace’s best friend, played by Mel Gibson.
Success was then on the cards, and Gleeson multiplied the roles, thanks to his talent as an actor and his atypical bonhomie. We then find him in Mission Impossible 2, Lake Placid, The General, 28 Days Later, Gangs of New York, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kingdom of Heaven, Good Kisses from Bruges (with Colin Farell) or Harry Potter.