Ciarán Hinds (/
Hinds in 2008
9 February 1953|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Partner(s)||Hélène Patarot (1987–present)|
His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, and Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones. As a stage actor Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London, and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, and he has continued to work on stage throughout his career.
Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Brought up as a Catholic in North Belfast, he was one of five children and the only son of his doctor father and schoolteacher and amateur actress mother.
He was an Irish dancer in his youth and was educated at Holy Family Primary School and St. Malachy's College. After leaving St. Malachy's, he enrolled as a law student at Queen's University, Belfast, but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen's to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, finishing in 1975.
Hinds began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in a production of Cinderella (1976). He remained a frequent performer at the Citizens' Theatre during the late 1970s and through the mid-1980s. During this same period, Hinds also performed on stage in Ireland with the Abbey Theatre, the Field Day Theatre Company, the Druid Theatre, the Lyric Players' Theatre and at the Project Arts Centre. In 1987, he was cast by Peter Brook in The Mahabharata, a six-hour theatre piece that toured the world, and he also featured in its 1989 film version. Hinds almost missed the casting call in Paris due to difficulties renewing his Irish passport. In the early 1990s, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He appeared in the title role of the RSC's production of Richard III in 1993, directed by Sam Mendes, who turned to Hinds as a last minute replacement for an injured Simon Russell Beale. Hinds gained his most popular recognition as a stage actor for his performance as Larry in the London and Broadway productions of Patrick Marber's Tony Award-nominated play Closer. In 1999, Hinds was awarded both the Theatre World Award for Best Debut in New York and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Special Achievement (Best Ensemble Cast Performance) for his work in Closer. He was on stage in 2001 in The Yalta Game by Brian Friel at Dublin's Gate Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, which ran at the Booth Theatre from December 2007 through March 2008. In February 2009 he took the leading role of General Sergei Kotov in Burnt by the Sun by Peter Flannery at London's National Theatre. Hinds returned to the stage later in 2009 with a role in Conor McPherson's play The Birds, which opened at Dublin's Gate Theatre in September 2009.
Hinds made his feature film debut in John Boorman's Excalibur in 1981. He played Captain Frederick Wentworth in Jane Austen's Persuasion in 1995, Jonathan Reiss in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and John Traynor in Veronica Guerin, both in 2003, and Firmin in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in 2004. Hinds also played Carl, a professional assisting a group of assassins, in Steven Spielberg's political thriller, Munich in 2005. In 2006, he appeared in Michael Mann's film adaptation of the 80's television show, Miami Vice, and as Herod the Great in The Nativity Story. In the 2006 film Amazing Grace, Hinds portrayed Sir Banastre Tarleton, one of the chief opponents of abolition of the slave trade in Parliament. He starred in Margot at the Wedding, alongside Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh, in a comedy-drama about family secrets and relationships. He also appeared in 2007's There Will Be Blood, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
On television, Hinds portrayed Gaius Julius Caesar in the first season of BBC/HBO's series, Rome in 2006. He has also been featured in a number of made-for-television films, including the role of Michael Henchard in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge in 2004, for which he received the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Additional television performances include Edward Parker-Jones in the crime drama series Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Abel Mason in Dame Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried (1993), Jim Browner in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Cardboard Box" (1994), Fyodor Glazunov in the science fiction miniseries Cold Lazarus (1996), Edward Rochester in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1997), the Knight Templar Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1997) and a portrayal of the French existentialist Albert Camus in Broken Morning (2003).
Hinds was featured in two notable television docudramas: Granada Television's docudrama Who Bombed Birmingham? (1990) in which Hinds portrayed Richard McIlkenny, a Belfastman falsely imprisoned for an IRA bombing; and HBO's docudrama Hostages (1993), where he portrayed Irish writer and former hostage Brian Keenan. Hinds starred opposite Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion, a TV adaptation of Lynda La Plante's detective story, which was broadcast in the United Kingdom in January 2009; he returned for the sequels The Red Dahlia (2010), Deadly Intent (2011) and Silent Scream (2012). Hinds has performed in audiobook and radio productions as well. He performed as Valmont in the BBC Radio production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and also narrated the Penguin Audiobook Ivanhoe. He also performed in Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter's Tale as part of The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, an audio production of Shakespeare's plays which won the 2004 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama. He read the short story "A Painful Case" for the Caedmon Audio version of James Joyce's Dubliners.
Hinds played the role of Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter series. Also in 2011, he appeared as David Peretz in the 1997 sections of The Debt alongside Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. Hinds played Roy Bland in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
In September 2011, Hinds returned to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin to star as Captain Jack Boyle in a revival of Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, alongside Sinéad Cusack as Juno. The production transferred to the National Theatre of Great Britain in November 2011 for a three-month run. He played "Jim" in the film The Shore (2011), written and directed by Terry George. The Shore won the Best Short Film, Live Action category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) in 2012.
In 2013, he was cast as the wildling leader Mance Rayder in Season 3 of the HBO television series Game of Thrones. He reprised this role in Season 4, and reprised it once more in Season 5. On Broadway at The Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, he was Big Daddy to Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opened on 17 January 2013, and had previews on 18 December 2012.
In the summer of 2013, he performed at the Donmar Warehouse in London in the premiere production of The Night Alive, a play by Conor McPherson, which transferred in November 2013, with Hinds in the lead role, to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.
Hinds played giant-sized villain Steppenwolf in Zack Snyder's 2017 superhero film Justice League. Disappointed with the reshoots and changes imposed by Joss Whedon, Hinds was vocal about his hopes for the release of Snyder's cut, calling it superior to the final theatrical cut.
|1981||Excalibur||King Lot||Credited as Ciaran Hinds|
|1989||The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover||Cory|
|1991||December Bride||Frank Echlin|
|1993||The Man Who Cried||Abel Mason|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Professor Flynn|
|1996||Mary Reilly||Sir Danvers Carew||Credited as Ciaran Hinds|
|1996||Some Mother's Son||Danny Boyle|
|1997||The Life of Stuff||David Arbogast|
|1997||Jane Eyre||Edward Fairfax Rochester|
|1997||Oscar and Lucinda||Rev. Dennis Hasset||Credited as Ciaran Hinds|
|1998||Titanic Town||Aidan McPhelimy|
|1999||The Lost Son||Carlos|
|1999||The Lost Lover||Adam|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||King Aeson|
|2000||The Weight of Water||Louis Wagner|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears||President Alexander Nemerov|
|2002||Road to Perdition||Finn McGovern|
|2003||Veronica Guerin||John Traynor|
|2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life||Jonathan Reiss|
|2004||Mickybo & Me||Jonjo's Da|
|2004||The Phantom of the Opera||Richard Firmin|
|2006||Miami Vice||FBI Agent John Fujima|
|2006||Amazing Grace||Lord Tarleton|
|2006||The Tiger's Tail||Father Andy|
|2006||The Nativity Story||King Herod|
|2007||Hallam Foe||Julius Foe|
|2007||Margot at the Wedding||Dick Koosman|
|2007||There Will Be Blood||Fletcher Hamilton|
|2008||In Bruges||The Priest||Uncredited|
|2008||Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||Joe Blomfield|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Botticelli||Voice role|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Henry Burke|
|2009||The Eclipse||Michael Farr||Best Actor Award 2009 – Tribeca Film Festival|
|2009||Life During Wartime||Bill Maplewood|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Aberforth Dumbledore||Replaced Jim McManus, who portrayed the role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|2011||The Debt||David Peretz|
|2011||The Rite||Father Xavier|
|2011||Salvation Boulevard||Jim Hunt|
|2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Roy Bland|
|2011||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Roarke / Mephistopheles /
|Replaced Peter Fonda, who portrayed the role in Ghost Rider.|
|2012||The Woman in Black||Sam Daily|
|2012||John Carter||Tardos Mors|
|2013||The Sea||Max Morden|
|2013||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Spencer Ludlow|
|2013||Frozen||Grand Pabbie||Voice role|
|2015||Last Days in the Desert||Father|
|2015||Hitman: Agent 47||Dr. Litvenko|
|2015||The Driftless Area||Ned|
|2016||Bleed for This||Angelo Pazienza|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead||James McLaughlin|
|2017||Justice League||Steppenwolf||Voice and motion capture|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Colonel Zakharov|
|2018||First Man||Robert R. Gilruth|
|1990||Who Bombed Birmingham?||Richard McIlkenny|
|1990||The Play on One||Martin Pitt||Episode 16: "Yellowbacks"|
|1992||Perfect Scoundrels||Jack Vosper||Season 3, episode 6: "The Good-Bye Look"|
|1992||Between the Lines||Det. Insp. Micky Flynn||Season 1, episode 1: "Private Enterprise"|
|1993||The Man Who Cried||Abel Mason|
|1993||Prime Suspect 3||Edward Parker-Jones|
|1993||Soldier, Soldier||Clive Hickey||Season 3, episode 7: "Trouble and Strife"|
|1994||The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes||Jim Browner||Season 1, episode 6: "The Cardboard Box"|
|1994||A Dark-Adapted Eye||Paolo|
|1994||Seaforth||John Stacey||TV series|
|1995||Rules of Engagement||Cambell Ferguson|
|1995||The Affair||Edward Leyland|
|1995||Persuasion||Captain Frederick Wentworth|
|1996||Testament: The Bible in Animation||Lucifer / Satan||Episode: "Creation and the Flood"|
|1996||Tales from The Crypt||Jack Lynch||Season 7, episode 11: "Confession"|
|1997||Jane Eyre||Edward Rochester|
|1997||Ivanhoe||Brian de Bois-Guilbert|
|1998||Getting Hurt||Charlie Cross|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||King Aeson|
|2000||The Sleeper||Fergus Moon|
|2000||Thursday the 12th||Marius Bannister|
|2003||Broken Morning||Albert Camus|
|2004||The Mayor of Casterbridge||Michael Henchard||Credited as Ciaran Hinds|
|2005||Rome||Gaius Julius Caesar|
|2009||Above Suspicion||DCI James Langton|
|2010||Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia||DCI James Langton|
|2011||Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent||DCS James Langton|
|2012||Above Suspicion: Silent Scream||DCS James Langton|
|2012||Political Animals||Bud Hammond|
|2013–2015||Game of Thrones||Mance Rayder||5 episodes|
|2016||Shetland||Michael Maguire||Series 3 (6 episodes)|
|2016||LEGO Frozen Northern Lights||Grand Pabbie||Voice role; special|
|2018||The Terror||John Franklin||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
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