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Brían F. O'Byrne

Brían Francis O'Byrne (born 16 May 1967) is an Irish actor who works and lives in the United States. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011) and won a BAFTA TV Award for his role in the drama series Little Boy Blue (2017).

Brían F. O'Byrne
Brían Francis O'Byrne

(1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 52)
Mullagh, Cavan, Ireland
ResidenceNew York City, United States
EducationTrinity College
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Heather Goldenhersh

O'Byrne received five Tony Award nominations and won for his performance in the 2004 production of Frozen.

Early life and educationEdit

O'Byrne was born in Mullagh, a village in the south-east of County Cavan, on 16 May 1967. He attended the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College (T.C.D.) in Dublin. He moved to New York City in 1990, and was cast in the Irish Repertory Theatre production of Philadelphia, Here I Come![1]


O'Byrne first attracted notice for his performances in the Martin McDonagh plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996) as Pato Dooley (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play) and The Lonesome West (1997). He is known for taking on serious and dramatic roles, such as a serial killer in Frozen (1998) (for which he won a Tony Award) and a priest accused of child molestation in Doubt: A Parable (2004), for which he received a Tony Award nomination. O'Byrne also appeared as a priest in the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. In May 2007, O'Byrne was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Alexander Herzen in Tom Stoppard's 2002 trilogy The Coast of Utopia. He appeared in the play by John Patrick Shanley Outside Mullingar on Broadway in 2014, and received a nomination for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actor in a Play.[2]

In 2011, O'Byrne was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his performance in Mildred Pierce as Bert Pierce. O'Byrne was featured in the 2009–2010 ABC series FlashForward, in which he played Aaron Stark. The show was not renewed. FlashForward began airing in Ireland on 4 January 2010.[3]

In 2012, O'Byrne was cast in the ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[4]

In 2017, O'Byrne appeared in Little Boy Blue as Steve Jones, the father of Rhys Jones who was murdered by gang members in 2007.

Personal lifeEdit

O'Byrne is married to American actress Heather Goldenhersh, with whom he co-starred in the Broadway play Doubt: A Parable. The couple have two daughters.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Avenue X Sonny Short film
1997 Electricity Graham Crouch Short film
1997 The Fifth Province Timmy
1997 The Last Bus Home Jessop
2000 An Everlasting Piece George
2001 Bandits Darill Miller
2001 Disco Pigs Gerry
2001 The Grey Zone SS-Untersturmfuhrer
2001 Mapmaker Richie Markey
2003 Easy Mick McCabe
2003 Intermission Mick
2004 Million Dollar Baby Father Horvak
2005 In an Instant The Man
2005 The New World Lewes
2006 Bug Dr. Sweet
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Bobby
2007 No Reservations Sean
2009 The International The Consultant
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Ronny Rosario
2011 Season of the Witch Grandmaster Uncredited
2013 Medeas Ennis
2014 Jimmy's Hall Commander O’Keefe
2014 Queen and Country RSM Digby


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Joe Forrester N/A Episode: "An Act of Violence"
1998 Amongst Women Luke 4 episodes
2001 Oz Padraig Connolly 3 episodes
2004 The Blackwater Lightship Larry TV film
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Liam Connors Episode: "Ghost"
2007 American Experience Alexander Hamilton Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2007–08 Brotherhood Colin 18 episodes
2009–10 FlashForward Aaron Stark 17 episodes
2010 Medium Clark Kerwin Episode: "The People in Your Neighborhood"
2011 Mildred Pierce Bert Pierce 5 episodes
2011–12 Prime Suspect Detective Reg Duffy 13 episodes
2013 Gilded Lilys Edwin Lily Unsold TV pilot
2013–14 Love/Hate D.I. Mick Moynihan 11 episodes
2015–16 Aquarius Ken Karn 22 episodes
2015 The Bastard Executioner Baron Ventris 3 episodes
2015 Exposed Quigg Unsold TV pilot
2015 The Last Ship Sean Ramsey 8 episodes
2015 Saints & Strangers John Billington, Sr. 2 episodes
2016–17 The Magicians Mayakovsky 3 episodes
2017 Mercy Street Allan Pinkerton 5 episodes
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Frank McAlpine 6 episodes
2018 Nightflyers Auggie Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Harty, Patricia. "What Are You Like? Brían F. O’Byrne", April/May 2014
  2. ^ Gans, Andres (22 April 2014). "64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced; A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Leads the Pack". Playbill.
  3. ^ RTÉ.ie (29 December 2009). "FlashForward star talks about coming home". RTÉ.ie.
  4. ^ Wightman, Catriona (20 February 2012). "Brian O'Byrne joins ABC's 'Gilded Lilys' pilot". Digital Spy.

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