Jude Hill (born 2010)[1] is a Northern Irish child actor. He is known for his lead role in Kenneth Branagh's film Belfast (2021) based on Branagh's childhood, for which Hill won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer.

Jude Hill
Gilford, County Down, Northern Ireland
Years active2020–present

Early lifeEdit

Hill was born in Gilford, a village in County Down near Armagh to parents Shauneen and Darryl.[2] He has a younger sister and a younger brother.[3] He attended St John's Primary School.[4][5] He took drama classes at the Shelley Lowry School in Portadown from the age of four.[6]


Hill made his feature film debut in Kenneth Branagh's Belfast. The film's story is mostly told through the eyes of Hill's character Buddy, "a smart, cheery 9-year-old and a fictional version of Branagh himself", as described by Jeanette Catsoulis of The New York Times.[7] Hill was nine when he was cast as the film's lead out of 300 young actors who auditioned, ten when filming took place, and eleven when the film premiered in 2021.[8]

Hill also played the titular role in the World War II-set short film Rian, which premiered at the 2021 CineMagic.[9] In December 2021, Hill signed with United Talent Agency stateside.[10]

In 2022, Hill attended Italy's David di Donatello ceremony as a special guest, picking up the Best Foreign Film award won by Belfast.[11] In the same year, he made his television debut in Magpie Murders, a BritBox and PBS Masterpiece adaptation of the 2016 mystery novel of the same by Anthony Horowitz.


Year Title Role Notes
2021 Rian Rian McMurphy Short film
Belfast Buddy
2022 Magpie Murders Sam Blakiston 4 episodes
Mandrake Luke
2023 A Haunting in Venice Upcoming

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
British Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Performance Belfast Nominated [12]
Florida Film Critics Circle Breakout Award Nominated [13]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Breakout of the Year Nominated [14]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film - Male Won [15]
North Texas Film Critics Association Best Newcomer Nominated [16]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth Won [17]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [18]
Columbus Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Runner-up [19]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Won [20]
DiscussingFilm Critics Awards Best Debut Performance Nominated [21]
Georgia Film Critics Association Breakthrough Award Nominated [22]
Hollywood Critics Association Newcomer Award Won [23]
International Film Society Critics Best Youth Performance Nominated [24]
Irish Film & Television Awards Lead Actor in a Film Nominated [25]
London Film Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer Nominated [26]
Music City Film Critics Association Best Young Actor Won [27]
Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [28]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated [29]
Best Youth Performance Won [30]
Breakthrough Artist Runner-up
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated [31]


  1. ^ Metro, Meet Jude Hill, London, 19 January 2022, page 20.
  2. ^ McGonagle, Suzanne (13 October 2021). "Kenneth Branagh's new movie Belfast and Co Down actor (11) tipped for Oscar glory". The Irish News. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  3. ^ McGoran, Peter (5 October 2021). "Kenneth Branagh's Belfast: Mum of 10-year-old star says it's surreal to see him on big screen". Belfast Live. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Congratulations Jude!!". St John's Primary School Gilford. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  5. ^ McAdam, Noel (3 October 2021). "Young star Jude Hill on big screen at Cinemagic festival". Sunday Life. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  6. ^ McGoran, Peter (21 September 2021). "Belfast: Why Kenneth Branagh's film has become an international success story". Belfast Live. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  7. ^ Catsoulis, Jeanette (11 November 2021). "'Belfast' Review: A Boy's Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2021.(subscription required)
  8. ^ Ritman, Alex (4 November 2021). "Next Big Thing: 11-Year-Old 'Belfast' Star Jude Hill on the "Crazy" Experience Being Cast as a Young Kenneth Branagh". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  9. ^ Glynn, Elinor (30 November 2020). "Gilford actor in the spotlight for Cinemagic film". Lurgan Mail. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  10. ^ Ritman, Alex (10 December 2021). "11-Year-Old 'Belfast' Star Jude Hill Signs With UTA (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Premi David di Donatello 67ª: Belfast di Kenneth Branagh il premio al Miglior film internazionale". 29 April 2022.
  12. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (3 November 2021). "'Belfast', 'Boiling Point' Lead BIFA Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 2021 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards". 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  15. ^ "2021 Sierra Award Winners". Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  16. ^ Erik, Anderson (22 December 2021). "North Texas Critics awards: 'The Green Knight' is Best Picture, 'The French Dispatch' wins three". AwardsWatch. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Belfast Wins Best Picture, Best Director in PFCS 2021 Awards". 13 December 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  18. ^ "2021 WAFCA Award Winners". The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association. 6 December 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  19. ^ Anderson, Erik (6 January 2022). "Columbus Film Critics awards: 'The Power of the Dog,' Alana Haim wins Best Actress, Breakthrough Artist". AwardsWatch. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  20. ^ "Critics Choice Awards 2022: See the full list of winners". CNN. 14 March 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  21. ^ Rolph, Ben (4 January 2022). "DiscussingFilm Critic Awards 2022: The Winners". DiscussingFilm. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  22. ^ "2021 Awards". Georgia Film Critics Association. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  23. ^ Shafer, Ellise (11 November 2021). "Simu Liu, Jude Hill, Greig Fraser Among Honorees at Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  24. ^ Neglia, Matt (21 February 2022). "The 2021 International Film Society Critics (IFSC) Nominations". Next Best Picture. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  25. ^ Clarke, Donald. "Belfast and An Cailín Ciúin lead nominations for Irish film and television awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  26. ^ Alex, Ritman (16 December 2021). "London Critics' Circle Film Awards: 'Power of the Dog' Leads Pack of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. ^ Neglia, Matt (25 January 2022). "The 2021 Music City Film Critics Association (MCFCA) Winners". Next Best Picture. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  28. ^ "26th Annual Film Awards (2021)". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  29. ^ "2021 San Diego Film Critics Society Nominations". San Diego Film Critics Society. 7 January 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  30. ^ "2021 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Winners". San Diego Film Critics Society. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  31. ^ ""The Power of the Dog" Leads the 2021 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations". Seattle Film Critics Society. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.

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