Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was brought up as a Catholic, one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor and his mother was schoolteacher. Although his father hoped to have Ciaran follow in his footsteps in the medical field, it was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who ultimately influenced his decision to become an actor. An Irish dancer in his youth, he was educated at Holy Family Primary School and St. Malachy’s College. He enrolled as a law student at Queen’s University, Belfast before dropping out to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Ciaran lives in Paris with his long-time partner Helene Patarot; the two have one daughter, Aoife, who was born in 1991.
His first role was in a 1976 production of Cinderella at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre. He stayed with the Glasgow company for several years, acting in over 40 of their productions. He made his feature film debut in Excalibur (1981). He has starred in numerous movies, including Road to Perdition (2002), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Woman in Black (2012). He is also appeared in many t.v. series, playing Gaius Julius Caesar in the BBC/HBO series Rome (2006) and Mance Raydar in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011).
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Ciaran Hinds portrays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
The part of of Aberforth was previously played by actor Jim McManus in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, although the character is never referred to by name in the film.
When asked about his experience on the Harry Potter set, he said:
I’ll tell you, being on set on Harry Potter was nerve-wracking.
It was surreal to be in a room with those three kids, all of whom know exactly what they’re doing.
And then there’s you, who has been around for a long time, and they’re the ones putting you at ease and making sure you know what you’re doing on set.
It was bizarre. But it was also really interesting to see things from that perspective.
With every job, you’re typically looking for the director to make sure you’re doing the right thing but with Emma, Rupert and Daniel, that has become part of their psyche.
They’ve been doing that job so long, they have such ease and an instant connection with it, and a real truthfulness.
Ciaran Hinds is a patron of the charity YouthAction Northern Ireland, a group that “works with young people to support them as active and equal citizens whose voices are heard, respected and valued.” YouthAction’s Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts is a youth arts projects with 450 young people taking part in a range of workshops and classes. He explains the work that the charity does, saying:
“It involves a bit of theatre but it’s also about getting kids to do things, to give them some sort of hobby, direction, relief.”
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