Eoin Macken

Eoin Christopher Macken (born 21 February 1983) is an Irish actor, filmmaker, author, and model.

Eoin Macken
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Macken at the Man of Steel movie premiere in Sydney in June 2013
Eoin Christopher Macken

(1983-02-21) 21 February 1983 (age 38)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActor, model, author
Years active2003–present

Macken has modelled for Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and GQ, and has appeared in films such as Resident Evil, Close, Killing Jesus, and Centurion.[1][2] He has appeared on television in series such as RTÉ's Fair City as Gavin Cluxton and in BBC series Merlin as Sir Gwaine. In addition, Macken has directed several feature films: Christian Blake in 2008, Dreaming For You, The Inside and Cold, and Here Are the Young Men. Macken also directed the documentary The Fashion of Modelling. He starred in the NBC series The Night Shift as T. C. Callahan, and Netflix show Nightflyers as Karl D'Branin.

Early life and modellingEdit

Macken was born in Dublin. He has two sisters.[3][4][5]

Macken was studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at University College Dublin when he began his modelling and acting career at the university's fashion show in 2002 and 2003,[6] after which he joined the model agency Morgan the Agency[7] and was selected as the face of the Abercrombie and Fitch 2003 campaign.[8] He modelled for Ralph Lauren[9] and GQ, and was the face of the 2008 Braun campaign.[citation needed]

Acting, writing, and directingEdit

Macken's first major film role was in Studs in 2005, which starred Brendan Gleeson and Emmett J. Scanlan.[2] He went on to play leading roles in indie films Triple Bill and Rise of the Bricks. After the death of his father in 2007, Macken took a break from acting. He returned to performing the following year in the role of drug dealer Gavin Cluxton in Fair City. He played the part for more than four months and also appeared live on the show Fair City Sings, where he performed the song "Hallelujah".[citation needed]

Macken wrote and edited his debut feature film Christian Blake, which premiered at the Mid Ulster Film Festival 2008, before playing in the 2008 Galway Film Fleadh. It was released on 19 May 2009 with Celebrity Distribution and the sales company Around The Scenes Inc.[10] He co-wrote and directed the song and video for Una Healy's song "Don't Leave Me Alone". It was the title track for the no-budget indie film, for which Healy wrote much of the soundtrack.[11]

In 2008, he wrote, directed, and acted in his second feature film, Dreaming For You. The film featured a soundtrack composed by Dublin band, The Evora. The film was selected for the 2007 Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and for the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh.[12][13]

In 2009–10, Macken had roles in the BBC drama Small Island (playing an American soldier named Calhoon), in Neil Marshall's film Centurion, and in the second series of RTÉ's Raw. He appeared in Storyland, as well as Lee Cronin's film Through The Night, opposite Nora Jane Noone, and Siren opposite Anna Skellern. He directed an hour-length documentary on the Irish fashion industry The Fashion of Modelling which screened on RTÉ 2 on 24 May 2009.[14][15]

Between 2010 and 2012, Macken played the recurring character of Gwaine (loosely based on the image of Gawain) in the BBC One TV series Merlin. He appeared in four episodes of the third series and all episodes of the fourth and fifth.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

In October 2012 Macken completed shooting for Cold, a feature film released in 2013 written and directed by Macken, and he stars in the film alongside former co-star, Tom Hopper.[22][23] The plot centres around two disconnected English brothers who are outcasts in a small village in the west of Ireland. Drawn back together by the unexpected death of their father, they are immediately at odds with each other until they find a girl dumped in the moors. The film was partially crowdfunded through an Indiegogo campaign.[24] The film was later released under the name Leopard.[25]

After directing a number of independent features, in 2018 Macken adapted Rob Doyle's award-winning novel Here Are the Young Men into a screenplay, and directed the resulting film. He is set to star alongside Elisha Cuthbert the horror movie The Cellar.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Triple Bill The Gunman Short film
2006 Studs Tosh
2008 Christian Blake Christian
2008 Fifth Street Janitor Short film
2009 Once Upon A Time in Dublin Ethan
2009 Aces Dealer Short film
2009 Savage Gym Changing Room Guy 2
2009 The Rise of the Bricks Dennis
2009 Dreaming For You Adam
2010 Centurion Achivir
2010 Siren Ken
2010 Through The Night Jay Short film
2012 Suspension of Disbelief Greg
2013 The Callback Queen Prince Cal
2013 Cold Jack
2015 Paddy's in the Boot Sean Ennis Short film
2016 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Doc
2017 The Wedding Invitation Graham
2018 Crossmaglen Conor Short film
2019 Close Conall
2019 The Hole in the Ground Jay Caul
2019 Caitlín Luke Short film
2020 I Am Fear Joshua
2020 Here Are the Young Men Homeless American
TBA Till Death Post-production
TBA The Cellar
TBA Grey Elephant Dylan Also writer and director[27]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Fair City Gavin Cluxton Season 19: 10 Episodes.
2009 Pubworld Chuck Madsen TV Film
2009 Small Island Calhoon TV Film
2010 Raw Jack Season 2 Episode 4
2010 The Tudors (TV series) English Officer Season 4 Episode 7
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Gwaine 30 episodes (recurring role)
2014–2017 The Night Shift Dr. T. C. Callahan Main cast (45 episodes)
2015 Killing Jesus Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee
2018 Nightflyers Karl D'Branin Main role
2020 Stumptown Zac Knight Season 1 Episode 14
TBA La Brea Gavin Harris[28] Main role


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  2. ^ a b "Studs & Stars at Irish Premiere: Photos". ShowBiz Ireland. 24 May 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  3. ^ "The making of Macken". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Instagram post by @eoincmacken". Instagram. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Instagram post by @eoincmacken". Instagram. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
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  10. ^ "Independent Motion Picture Distribution". Around The Scenes. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Saturdays Una is Christian's Girl". Showbiz.ie. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Short Film Festivals". Mamut.net. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Galway Film Fleadh program for 2009". Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Celebrity News & Gossip". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  15. ^ "RTÉ Television Sales – Programming & Scheduling". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  16. ^ "Merlin – Gwaine played by Eoin Macken". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  17. ^ "One Programmes – Merlin, Series 3, Gwaine". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  18. ^ "One Programmes – Merlin, Series 3, The Eye of the Phoenix". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 40 Saturday 2 October 2010". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  20. ^ "Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 44". BBC. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  21. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Eoin Macken". IMDb. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  22. ^ "'Merlin' Star Eoin Macken Cast in New Pilot". BBC America. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  23. ^ "the AU interview: Eoin Macken (London/Dublin)". Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  24. ^ "Cold, the feature film". Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  25. ^ Fuamoli, Sosefina (15 October 2016). "Interview: Eoin Macken talks The Night Shift & the challenges of indie filmmaking". The Iris. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  26. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (29 October 2020). "'The Cellar': Elisha Cuthbert & Eoin Macken To Star In Ireland-Set Horror Movie — AFM". Deadline. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  27. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (22 October 2020). "'Nightflyers' Eoin Macken To Helm Relationship Drama 'Grey Elephant'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  28. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (4 March 2021). "'La Brea': Eoin Macken To Star, Jon Seda To Return As NBC Series Also Casts Jack Martin & Lily Santiago". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

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