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Barry Keoghan (/kiˈɡən/; born 17 October 1992) is an Irish actor. He has appeared in the films Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, for which he won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor; and Trespass Against Us. He also played the "heartless cat killer" Wayne in the RTÉ drama Love/Hate.[2]

Barry Keoghan
Barry Keoghan at Dunkirk World Premiere.jpg
Keoghan in 2017
Born (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceKillarney, County Kerry, Ireland[1]
Years active2011–present

Keoghan is an ambassador for Dior.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Keoghan grew up in Summerhill, Dublin.[3] Alongside his brother, he spent seven years in foster care, in 13 different foster homes.[4] His mother died of a heroin overdose when he was 12 years old,[3][4] and he was then raised by his maternal grandmother and aunt.[3][5]


As a child, Keoghan appeared in school plays, but was banned for "messing about".[5] He started his acting career in 2011.[6][7] He answered an advertisement for Between the Canals after seeing a casting notice in a local shop window, and portrayed Aido in a small role in the film, which was released in 2011.[3] He then studied acting at The Factory, a local Dublin school.[3] The same year, at the age of 18, he appeared in Fair City.[5]

In 2013, Keoghan appeared as the "infamous cat killer" Wayne on Love/Hate.[8][9] The role earned Keoghan recognition in Ireland, and he went on to feature in '71 in 2014 and Mammal and Trespass Against Us in 2016.[10][11]

Keoghan appeared in two films in 2017. He featured as George Mills in Dunkirk and starred as Martin Lang in The Killing of a Sacred Deer alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.[5] He won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Killing of a Sacred Deer.[12] The following year, he appeared in Black '47 as Hobson, an English soldier stationed in Ireland during the Great Famine.[5] He also starred in American Animals the same year. He portrayed Spencer Reinhart in the film, based on a real-life robbery of rare books from a university library.[5] In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter described Keoghan as "the next big thing" for his film work in the previous three years,[5] and in 2019 he was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[13]

He will feature in mini-series Chernobyl in 2019.[9] Keoghan is set to star in Y in 2020 as lead character Yorick Brown.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Keoghan is an amateur boxer.[14] He was scheduled to debut in September 2017 at the Celtic Box Cup, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.[3]



Year Title Role Notes Refs
2011 Stand Up Stand up Bully Short
Between the Canals Aido
2012 Stalker Tommy
King of the Travellers Young Dublin Lad
2013 Jack Taylor: Priest (TV Movie) Hoodie 1
Wasted Ben Short film
Life's a Breeze Pizza Guy
Stay Sean Meehan
2014 '71 Sean Bannon [6]
Standby Crusty
North Aaron Short
2015 Norfolk Boy [15][16]
Traders Ken
The Break Sean Short
2016 Mammal Joe [17][18]
Trespass Against Us Windows [19][20]
Candy Floss Shane Short film [21]
2017 Light Thereafter Pavel [22]
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Martin Lang [17]
Dunkirk George Mills [17]
2018 American Animals Spencer Reinhard [23]
Black '47 Hobson [24]
2019 Calm With Horses Post-production [8]
2020 Green Knight Filming [25]


Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fair City Dave Donoghue 3 episodes[6]
2013 Love/Hate Wayne 6 episodes[6]
2016 Rebellion Cormac McDevitt 4 episodes[6]
2019 Chernobyl [1]
2020 Y Yorick Brown [26]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b Morgan, Maybelle (8 February 2019). "Barry Keoghan: The Dunkirk star who's mates with Colin Farrell and starred in some of the biggest films of the last two years". Wonderland. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Barry Keoghan goes from Love/Hate cat killer to toast of the Dior catwalk in Paris". 24 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mumford, Gwilynn (3 September 2018). "Barry Keoghan: 'You release your problems, playing another person'". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Barry Keoghan's story of growing up in foster care is harrowing, but the strength he took from it is inspirational". Joe. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Whitington, Paul (26 August 2018). "'My whole aim has been to show my range' – Barry Keoghan talks 'American Animals' and 'Black 47'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "IFB and IFTA Announce Rising Star Award Nominees for 2017 – Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann". Irish Film Board. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Barry Keoghan specifically referenced Dublin 1 in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter". 11 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Gallagher, Jim (18 December 2018). "Barry Keoghan tipped for 'breakout in 2019' by The Hollywood Reporter". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b Blake Knox, Kirsty (29 July 2018). "Barry Keoghan 'waiting for the right roles' as he films HBO's $250m 'Chernobyl' series". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ Clarke, Donald (1 September 2018). "Barry Keoghan: 'My mother would be pretty proud. And surprised'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  11. ^ O'Grady, Sean (2 September 2016). "The guy who shot the cat in Love/Hate is set to star opposite Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Barry Keoghan would love to be among Irish acting greats". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Jessie Buckley and Barry Keoghan on BAFTA Rising Star shortlist". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. ^ "The Creepy Kid from 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' Will Punch You Out". Vice. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Norfolk review – maddening panorama of marshland weirdness". The Guardian. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  16. ^ Lodge, Guy (25 January 2015). "Rotterdam Film Review: 'Norfolk'". Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Ford, Rebecca (12 May 2017). "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: Cannes Breakout Barry Keoghan Draws on Tough Upbringing for His Roles". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Barry Keoghan and Rachel Griffiths for Mammal". Irish Film and Television Network. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  19. ^ Kelly, Aoife (30 July 2014). "Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan set to star with Rachel Griffiths in new Hollywood film". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  20. ^ Corr, Alan (22 February 2017). "Trespass Against Us". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  21. ^ "UK Shorts". The Panoptic. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  22. ^ "'Light Thereafter': Rotterdam Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Berlin: Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Join 'American Animals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  24. ^ "'Gaunt and thin' extras wanted for Black 47 famine film". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  25. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (15 March 2019). "'Green Knight': Barry Keoghan & Ralph Ineson Joins A24's Fantasy Epic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  26. ^ Petski, Denise (11 July 2018). "'Y': Diane Lane To Star In FX Drama Pilot Based On 'Y': The Last Man' Comic Book Series; Barry Keoghan, More Round Out Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  27. ^ Niall (13 December 2017). "#Awards: The Dublin Film Critics Circle announce awards for 2017". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  28. ^ Lewis, Hilary (21 November 2017). "2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 November 2017.

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