John Lynch (born 26 December 1961) is an actor and novelist from Northern Ireland. He won the AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Actor for the 1995 film Angel Baby. His other film appearances include Cal (1984), The Secret Garden (1993), In the Name of the Father (1993), Sliding Doors (1998), The Fall (2013–2016), Medici (2019), The Head (2020), and The Banishing (2021) and Blue Lights (2023)

John Lynch
Lynch in 2015
Born (1961-12-26) 26 December 1961 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Actor, novelist
(m. 1997; sep. 2008)
RelativesSusan Lynch (sister)

Lynch has also written two novels, Torn Water (2005) and Falling Out of Heaven (2010).

Early life Edit

Lynch was born in Northern Ireland to a Northern Irish father, Fin Lynch, and an Italian mother, Rosina Pavone, better known as Rose.[1][2][3] His mother was from Trivento, a town in the Province of Campobasso in Molise, Southern Italy. His parents met in London, where his mother was a teacher.[4] He is the eldest of five children,[2][3] and was raised as a Catholic.[1]

In 1968, when he was seven years old, he moved with his family to the townland of Corrinshego, where his father was from, in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Corrinshego, where he spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years, is on the western outskirts of Newry.[1][5][4] Lynch later attended St. Colman's College in Newry. He began acting in Irish language plays at school during the early years of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. His sister Susan Lynch and his nephew Thomas Finnegan are also actors.[3]

Career Edit

Lynch has appeared in numerous films related to Northern Ireland's problems such as Cal (1984) with Helen Mirren,[5] for which, he was nominated for BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles,[6] In the Name of the Father (1993) with Daniel Day-Lewis, The Railway Station Man (1992) with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, Nothing Personal and Some Mother's Son (1996), also with Mirren, as well as the Irish-themed film Evelyn (2002).[7] In Some Mother's Son he played the role of Irish Republican hunger strike leader Bobby Sands.

He was a supporting actor in Derek Jarman's Edward II (1991), as Lord Craven in Agnieska Holland's film of The Secret Garden (1993), as Tadhg in The Secret of Roan Inish (1994), and as Gerry in Sliding Doors (1998).[7]

Lynch played the part of football legend George Best in the 2000 film Best.[7] He played the lead in the Australian feature Angel Baby,[7] winning the Australian Film Institute award for best leading actor and the Australian Film Critics award for best actor of 1995.[8] He was nominated for a Satellite Film Award for the film Moll Flanders in 1996.[7] He worked with acclaimed Belgian director Marion Hänsel on her adaptation of Booker Prize-nominated author Damon Galgut's novel, The Quarry (also known as La Faille; 1998),[5] which won Best Film at the Montreal World Film Festival. He won Best Actor for the lead role in Best at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival in 2000.[7] He wrote and co-produced the film.[5]

In 2005, Lynch was nominated for an IFTA for his role in The Baby War.[9] He starred in Five Day Shelter as Stephen, which won a European Film Award and was in competition at the Rome Film Festival. He played the lead in Craig Vivieros' first feature film, the prison drama Ghosted. He played the role of Wollfstan in Black Death, and appeared in the 2012 film version of Michael Morpurgo's novel, Private Peaceful.[7]

Lynch is also a novelist. His first novel, Torn Water, was published in November 2005 by 4th Estate, a literary imprint of HarperCollins, and his second, Falling Out of Heaven, was published on 13 May 2010 by the same publisher.[5]

Personal life Edit

Lynch married film-maker Mary McGuckian in 1997, having met her on the set of Words Upon the Window Pane a few years earlier.[4] They separated in 2008 and later divorced. As of 2023, he resides in Nice with his wife, Christine.[1][3][10]

Selected filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Cal Cal Film
1990 Hardware Shades Film
1871 O'Brien Film
Making Out Gavin TV episode
1991 All Good Things Vincent Gibney 6 episodes
Chimera Peter Carson TV
Edward II Spencer
1992 The Railway Station Man Damian Sweeney
1993 The Secret Garden Lord Craven Film
Peak Practice Father Davey TV episode "Impulsive Behavior"
In the Name of the Father Paul Hill
1994 Words Upon the Window Pane John Corbet
The Secret of Roan Inish Tadgh
Princess Caraboo Amon McCarthy
1995 Angel Baby Harry Film
Nothing Personal Liam Film
1996 Some Mother's Son Bobby Sands
Moll Flanders Jonathan (the Artist) Film - nominated Best Supporting Actor - Satellite Awards
1997 This Is the Sea Padhar McAliskey Film
1998 Sliding Doors Gerry
1999 Best George Best Film
2002 Boston Public Jerry TV episode "Chapter Thirty-One"
Puckoon O'Brien
Evelyn Senior Counsel Mr. Wolfe
2003 Conspiracy of Silence Father Matthew Francis
Alien Hunter Dr. Michael Straub
2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey Captain Alvarado
2005 Isolation Dan
Bleak House Nemo TV
Lassie Sam Carraclough
2007 The Yellow House Paul Gauguin TV
In Transit Yakov
Spooks (TV series) Davie King [11]
2008 The Passion Sagan TV series
2009, 2012 Merlin Balinor TV series
2009 Silent Witness Tom Flannery TV series
Holy Water
2010 Black Death Wolfstan
The Nativity The Archangel Gabriel [12]
2011 The Jury Alan Lane TV series
The Hot Potato Bill and Ben
2012 Labyrinth Simon de Montfort TV miniseries
Private Peaceful Sergeant Hanley
2013 Möbius Joshua
2013–2016 The Fall Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns 17 episodes
2014 The Musketeers Luca Sestini
The Hybrid Powell [13]
2014 Shetland Frank Blake TV series
2016 One of Us Bill Douglas Film
2017 Number One Gary Adams Film
2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ Aquila Film
2018 The Terror John Bridgens 5 episodes
2019 Tin Star Pastor Johan Nickel 7 episodes
2019 Harlots Jonas Young 1 episode
2019 Medici Pope Sixtus IV 3 episodes
2020 The Head Arthur Wilde main role - 7 episodes
2020 Boys from County Hell George Bogue Film[14]
2021 The Banishing Malachi Film[15]
2023 Blue Lights James McIntyre Supporting role - 6 episodes[16]

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
British Academy Film Awards BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer To Film Cal Nominated [6][17]
Australian Film Institute Awards AFI Best Actor in a Lead Role Angel Baby Won [17][8]
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actor - Male Won [7][17]
Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Moll Flanders Nominated [7][17]
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor Best Won [7][17]
IFTA Film & Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor in Television The Baby War Nominated [9][17]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d "John Lynch – looking back on a 'wounding' past". 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Actor Lynch is a citizen of Trivento". 27 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "The other fall guy - Why John Lynch loves working with Gillian Anderson". 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "After 'Cal', his first film, John Lynch ..." The Irish Times. 29 October 2005.
  5. ^ a b c d e Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, vol 52 (2003), Gale, Detroit
  6. ^ a b "Film - Most Promising Newcomer To Film in 1985". Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "John Lynch cv" (PDF). Markham, Froggatt and Irwin. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Angel Baby". Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Winners of the 3rd Annual Irish Film & Television Awards 2005". Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  10. ^ Soufi, Daniel (4 January 2023). "Actor John Lynch: 'Some people stop drinking when they realize alcohol is bad for them – I did the opposite'". El País. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  11. ^ "MI-5" Isolated (TV Episode 2007) - IMDb, retrieved 15 April 2023
  12. ^ The Nativity, BBC, November 2010; retrieved 21 December 2010.
  13. ^ The Hybrid at IMDb
  14. ^ "'Our humour is armour… a shield used to deflect doom and gloom': John Lynch on the dark comedy in his new film Boys from County Hell". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  15. ^ Tallerico, Brian. "The Banishing movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  16. ^ "Blue Lights: Release date, cast and latest news for BBC police drama". Radio Times. 27 March 2023. Retrieved 12 April 2023.
  17. ^ a b c d e f "John Lynch Awards". IMDb (Index source only). Retrieved 8 December 2022.

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