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)
(m. 1997; sep. 2008)
|Relatives||Susan 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. 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. He is the eldest of five children, and was raised as a Catholic.
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. 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.
Lynch has appeared in numerous films related to Northern Ireland's problems such as Cal (1984) with Helen Mirren, for which, he was nominated for BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, 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). 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).
Lynch played the part of football legend George Best in the 2000 film Best. He played the lead in the Australian feature Angel Baby, winning the Australian Film Institute award for best leading actor and the Australian Film Critics award for best actor of 1995. He was nominated for a Satellite Film Award for the film Moll Flanders in 1996. 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), 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. He wrote and co-produced the film.
In 2005, Lynch was nominated for an IFTA for his role in The Baby War. 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.
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.
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. They separated in 2008 and later divorced. As of 2023, he resides in Nice with his wife, Christine.
Selected filmography Edit
|Making Out||Gavin||TV episode|
|1991||All Good Things||Vincent Gibney||6 episodes|
|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|
|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|
|2002||Boston Public||Jerry||TV episode "Chapter Thirty-One"|
|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|
|2007||The Yellow House||Paul Gauguin||TV|
|Spooks (TV series)||Davie King|||
|2008||The Passion||Sagan||TV series|
|2009, 2012||Merlin||Balinor||TV series|
|2009||Silent Witness||Tom Flannery||TV series|
|The Nativity||The Archangel Gabriel|||
|2011||The Jury||Alan Lane||TV series|
|The Hot Potato||Bill and Ben|
|2012||Labyrinth||Simon de Montfort||TV miniseries|
|Private Peaceful||Sergeant Hanley|
|2013–2016||The Fall||Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns||17 episodes|
|2014||The Musketeers||Luca Sestini|
|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|
|2023||Blue Lights||James McIntyre||Supporting role - 6 episodes|
Awards and nominations Edit
|British Academy Film Awards||BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer To Film||Cal||Nominated|||
|Australian Film Institute Awards||AFI Best Actor in a Lead Role||Angel Baby||Won|||
|Film Critics Circle of Australia||Best Actor - Male||Won|||
|Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Moll Flanders||Nominated|||
|Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival||Jury Award for Best Actor||Best||Won|||
|IFTA Film & Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor in Television||The Baby War||Nominated|||
- "John Lynch – looking back on a 'wounding' past". irishnews.com. 5 November 2016.
- "Actor Lynch is a citizen of Trivento". ansa.it. 27 July 2015.
- "The other fall guy - Why John Lynch loves working with Gillian Anderson". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 26 November 2014.
- "After 'Cal', his first film, John Lynch ..." The Irish Times. 29 October 2005.
- Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, vol 52 (2003), Gale, Detroit
- "Film - Most Promising Newcomer To Film in 1985". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
- "John Lynch cv" (PDF). Markham, Froggatt and Irwin. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
- "Angel Baby". kinolorber.com. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
- "Winners of the 3rd Annual Irish Film & Television Awards 2005". ifta.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
- 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.
- "MI-5" Isolated (TV Episode 2007) - IMDb, retrieved 15 April 2023
- The Nativity, BBC, November 2010; retrieved 21 December 2010.
- The Hybrid at IMDb
- "'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". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
- Tallerico, Brian. "The Banishing movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert". rogerebert.com. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
- "Blue Lights: Release date, cast and latest news for BBC police drama". Radio Times. 27 March 2023. Retrieved 12 April 2023.
- "John Lynch Awards". IMDb (Index source only). Retrieved 8 December 2022.