Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones. He has been nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award, the British Independent Film Award, has won two Irish Film & Television Awards, and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender, for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist.
Cunningham at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International
2 June 1961 |
East Wall, Dublin, Ireland
|Education||St Davids, Artane, Dublin|
Cunningham was born in East Wall, which is an inner city area of the Northside of Dublin. He has three sisters and a brother, and was brought up in a Roman Catholic household. Cunningham dropped out of secondary school at 15 and pursued a career as an electrician. In the 1980s, Cunningham moved to Zimbabwe for three years where he maintained electrical equipment at a safari park and trained Zimbabwean electricians. After returning to Ireland, Cunningham became dissatisfied with his work as an electrician and decided to pursue his interest in acting. He attended acting classes and began to work in local theatre. He appeared in a production of "Studs" at The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London.
Cunningham's debut film role came in Into the West, where he played a police officer. His on-screen acting continued with roles in War of the Buttons, and A Little Princess, before making his first major break-out role in Jude, playing Phillotson. He continued with character roles in RKO 281, Falling for a Dancer, Shooting the Past, When the Sky Falls and Stranded. Cunningham came to international prominence with his role as Captain Ryan in the critically acclaimed, independent horror film, Dog Soldiers. Since then, he has starred in acclaimed films roles including, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, The Guard, Black Butterflies and The Escapist and in numerous high budget British and American films including The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Clash of the Titans, Centurion, and Harry Brown. On television, he appeared as President Richard Tate in the BBC programme Outcasts.
In 2012, Cunningham joined the main cast for the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones portraying former smuggler Davos Seaworth, and in 2013 he starred in The Numbers Station alongside John Cusack. He was also cast in season 5 of the BBC series Merlin as a sorcerer. He featured in the music video for "High Hopes" by Irish alternative rock band Kodaline from their EP The High Hopes. In April 2013, he was cast in the seventh season of the hit BBC1 series Doctor Who in the episode "Cold War", where he played Captain Zhukov, the commander of a Russian submarine in 1983 facing one of the Ice Warriors.
Cunningham currently resides in Dublin with his wife Colette, with whom he has three children, daughter Ellen and sons Liam Jr. and Sean.
|1992||Public Toilet||Short film|
|1992||Heaven Only Knows||Paul Clarke||Short film|
|1992||Into the West||Police Officer|
|1993||The Sea||Short film|
|1994||War of the Buttons||The Master|
|1995||A Little Princess||Capt. Crewe / Prince Rama|
|1995||First Knight||Sir Agravaine|
|1997||The Doherty Brothers||Connor Doherty||Short film|
|1997||The Life of Stuff||Alex Sneddon|
|1998||The Tale of Sweety Barrett||Detective Bone|
|1999||A Love Divided||Sean Cloney|
|2000||When the Sky Falls||John Cosgrave (The Runner)|
|2001||Revelation||Father Ray Connolly|
|2001||The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife||John Wyndham|
|2002||Dog Soldiers||Capt. Ryan|
|2002||The Abduction Club||John Power|
|2003||The Crooked Man||Hamilton|
|2004||The Card Player||John Brennan|
|2003||The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||Director|
|2005||Breakfast on Pluto||1st Biker|
|2006||The Wind That Shakes the Barley||Dan|
|2008||Hunger||Father Dominic Moran|
|2008||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor||Mad Dog Maguire|
|2009||Blood: The Last Vampire||Michael Harrison|
|2009||Perrier's Bounty||The Mutt|
|2009||Harry Brown||Sid Rourke|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Solon|
|2010||The Whistleblower||Bill Hynes|
|2011||Pitch Black Heist||Liam||Short film
Also executive producer
|2011||The Guard||Francis Sheehy-Skelfington|
|2011||Black Butterflies||Jack Cope|
|2011||The Silence of Joan||The English Captain|
|2011||War Horse||The Army Doctor|
|2012||Safe House||Alec Wade|
|2013||The Numbers Station||Grey|
|2014||I Am Here||Father||Short film|
|2014||Let Us Prey||Six|
|2015||The Childhood of a Leader||The Father|
|2017||24 Hours to Live||Post-production|
|1993||A Handful of Stars||Stapler||Television film|
|1993||Poor Beast in the Rain||Danger Doyle||Television film|
|1995||Cracker||Stuart Grady||2 episodes|
|1997||Police 2020||DCI Billy O'Connell||Pilot|
|1998||Falling for a Dancer||Mossie Sheehan||Television film|
|1999||Shooting the Past||Christopher Anderson||Television film|
|1999||Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke||Alec Cunningham-Reid||Television film|
|1999||RKO 281||Gregg Toland||Television film|
|2000||A Likeness in Stone||Bill Armstrong||Television film|
|2001||Rebel Heart||Michael Malone||Television film|
|2001||Attila||Theodoric I||2 episodes|
|2002||Stranded||David Robinson||Television film|
|2003||Final Demand||David Milner||Television film|
|2003||Prime Suspect||Robert West||Episode: "Part 1"|
|2004||Messiah||Pace Tierney||Episode: "The Promise"|
|2005||Showbands||Tony Golden||Television film|
|2005||The Clinic||Malcolm Keown||5 episodes|
|2006||Hotel Babylon||Adrian McBride||Episode #1.8|
|2006||Showbands II||Tony Golden||Television film|
|2006||Murphy's Law||Drew Johnstone||3 episodes|
|2007||Afterlife||Jonathan||Episode: "Your Hand in Mine"|
|2007||The Wild West||Wyatt Earp||Episode: "The Gunfight at the OK Corral"|
|2007||Northanger Abbey||General Tilney||Television film|
|2007||Anner House||Neil Barry||Television film|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Father||Episode: "Christmas Special"|
|2009||The Street||Thomas Miller||Episode #3.1|
|2011||Outcasts||President Richard Tate||8 episodes|
|2011||Strike Back: Project Dawn||Daniel Connolly||2 episodes|
|2012||Saving the Titanic||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||Jim Larkin||5 episodes|
|2012–present||Game of Thrones||Davos Seaworth||Main role|
|2013||Doctor Who||Captain Zhukov||Episode: "Cold War"|
|2013||Vera||Sam Harper||Episode: "Prodigal Son"|
|2015||The Musketeers||Belgard||Episode: "The Prodigal Father"|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||General Olin||Episode: "Human Is"|
|2017||Squadron 42||Captain Noah White||Performance capture|
|2013||"High Hopes"||By Kodaline|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Liam Cunningham signs for next six season of Game of Thrones". Independent Women. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Awards for Liam Cunningham". IMDb. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "BAFTA: Pitch Black Heist". Latitude Festival. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Falling for an Irish Lad". Irish News, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 27 November 1999 – by Robert McMillen. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Game of Thrones Casts Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "The Numbers Station". Matador Pictures. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Liam Cunningham cast in BBC's Merlin". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Kodaline - High Hopes. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Here's the full list of nominees for this year's Irish Film and Television Awards". entertainment.ie. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.