Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor, writer, and director, born on May 12, 1983, to actor Brendan Gleeson and his wife, Mary, and is the oldest of four children, all who work within the entertainment industry as either actors, writers, or directors. He has enjoyed a varied career, with roles on stage, in television and film, as well as behind the lens. He earned a Tony award for his Broadway portrayal of Davey in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2006, starred in several television series, and had a role in the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit. Perhaps most associated with the Harry Potter fandom as Bill Weasley, there is more to this actor than just the Weasley name. In 2013, Domhnall took center stage in his first romantic lead role starring opposite Rachel McAdams in the Richard Curtis film, About Time.
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Domhnall was cast in the role of Bill Weasley for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in late 2009. The actor was no stranger to film or stage, having already been nominated for a Tony Award in 2006 for his portrayal of Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, starred in several television series, and had a role in the Coen brothers remake of True Grit.
In an interview for About Time, his first romantic leading man role post-Potter, Domhnall reveals what he thinks earned him the role of Bill:
I got very lucky with Harry Potter. I got that role because [he giggles] I’m a ginger! Red hair was my only qualification! I was a Weasley waiting for a role.
Both Domhnall and his father, actor Brendan Gleeson, created and participated in Immaturity for Charity, which plays host to a number of comedic video sketches to benefit St. Francis Hospice in Raheny, Dublin. They have raised over €65,000 for the charity and want to do more, with your help. You can watch the appeal for donations from Domhnall below, and don’t forget to watch the sketches and donate here!
Learn more about the charity on their Facebook page.
Did you know…?
- Domhnall earned a degree in media arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
- He was named as one of European films’ Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion in 2011.
- Domhnall was nearly unrecognizable in his role as Levin in 2012’s Anna Karenina – in addition to his long hair, Domhnall wore a bushy beard!
- He starred in a Irish comedy sketch special called Your Bad Self.
- In 2013, Domhnall won the Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in film for his role in Anna Karenina.
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