Pat Shortt

Patrick 'Pat' Shortt (born 12 December 1967) is an Irish actor, comedian, writer and entertainer.[1][2] His role in the 2007 film Garage led to him receiving the IFTA for Best Actor.

Pat Shortt
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Pat Shortt
Birth namePatrick Shortt
Born (1967-12-12) 12 December 1967 (age 53)
Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
MediumTelevision, film, stand-up
Notable works and rolesD'Unbelievables
Father Ted


Shortt toured alongside Jon Kenny as comedy duo D'Unbelievables. They released "One Hell of a Video", "D'Unbelievables", "D'Video" (a live random sketch show), "D'Telly" (featuring Shortt and Kenny playing various characters – primarily two brothers who run a shop together), "D'Mother" (in which Kenny's character oversaw the running of a public house alongside his "mother" – who was later revealed to be his father, in a role played by Shortt) and "D'collection". One character played by Shortt was Dan Clancy, known for telling "his stories". The pair were highly successful in Ireland, selling out the Vicar Street venue for 14 weeks.[2] The duo stopped touring in 2000 after Kenny was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.[3][4]

Shortt played the role of Tom, a crazy man, in the comedy series Father Ted. His character maintained a unibrow and wore a tee shirt with the slogan "I shot JR".

In 2003, RTÉ approached Shortt to create a comedy series, Killinascully.[2] Shortt elaborated on his work with D'Unbelievables, again playing Dan Clancy and a number of other characters. The programme ran for five seasons, with six Christmas specials.

In 2009, Shortt created and starred in a comedy, Mattie, for RTÉ, set in a Garda Síochána station. The series was retitled and reworked in 2011.[5] The cast included Sue Collins.[5]

He starred in the 2007 Cannes award-winning film Garage, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.[2][6] Shortt won the Best Actor award at the 2008 IFTAs for his performance in this film. In 2008, An Post issued a postage stamp featuring Pat Shortt, as Josie, in the film Garage.[7]

In 2014 Shortt appeared in Episode 3, Season 2 of the Sky 1 programme Moone Boy. In the episode the main character Martin Moone and his friend Padraig float down the River Boyle on a raft. They land on an island in Lough Key where Shortt's character, the caretaker, entertains them and helps them to return to the mainland.



Year Title Role
1993 In the Name of the Father Unnamed
1996 Angela Mooney Dies Again Unnamed
2000 Wild about Harry Ronnie
2000 Saltwater Mr Fanning
2001 Mapmaker Patsy
2004 Man About Dog Fergie
2004 Rory O'Shea Was Here Nightclub Bouncer
2007 Garage Josie
2007 Strength and Honour Wheeler McCoy
2008 Spacemen Three Dr. Glen Hosey
2010 Soul Boy Brendan
2011 The Guard Colum Hennessey
2013 Breakfast Wine Unnamed
2013 Life's a Breeze Colm
2014 Calvary Brendan Lynch
2015 Queen and Country - Redmond
2016 The Flag Harry Hambridge
2019 Animals Bill


Year Title Role
1995–1996 Father Ted Tom
2000 The Fitz Bobby
2004–2008 Killinaskully Various
2009–2011 Mattie Mattie Dwyer
2014 Moone Boy Island Joe
2015 Toast of London Larry Muggins
2016 Smalltown Tom

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  1. ^ "Shortt jointly wins Evening Standard gong". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Jarlath Regan (10 November 2014). "Pat Shortt". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (60 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  3. ^ D'unbeaten Jon is back, Daily Mirror, 20 September 2002
  4. ^ My cancer battle by comic Jon, Daily Mirror, 30 November 2000
  5. ^ a b Drohan, Ciara (10 November 2011). "Pat Shortt's 'Sergeant Mattie' posts with EMC and Avatar". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  6. ^ "New Pat Shortt film wins at Cannes". RTÉ News. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 28 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  7. ^ Warren, Brian (Spring 2009). "That Was the Year That Was–2008 (part 1)". The Revealer. Seminole, FL: Éire Philatelic Association. 58 (4): 63. ISSN 0484-6125.

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