Sean Brian Gilder (born 1 March 1964) is an English stage, film and screen actor, he is also a playwright.

Sean Gilder
Sean Brian Gilder[1]

(1964-03-01) 1 March 1964 (age 55)
Alma materQueen Mary, University of London (BA (Hons))
OccupationActor, playwright
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Robin Weaver

Gilder was born in Brampton, Cumberland, England. He is best known for his portrayal of Paddy Maguire on Shameless from 2005 to 2010, and as Styles on Hornblower. He has appeared in Doctor Who (as the Sycorax Leader) as well as New Tricks, Gangs of New York, and the 2004 film, King Arthur. In Mike Bassett: England Manager he was one of the journalists.[2] According to The Sun newspaper, Gilder left Shameless after series 7 with the reason rumoured to be his bad relationship with actress Tina Malone, who played his character's on screen wife, Mimi.

Other media appearancesEdit

In March 2008, Sean appeared as Paddy's gay twin brother Noel in Shameless, however in a trick to viewers, Noel was credited as being played by Neil Grades, an anagram of Sean Gilder.[citation needed] On 3 April 2008, he appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show alongside fellow Shameless star Alice Barry, who played Lillian Tyler.[3]

In January 2014, he was Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi, playing opposite Gemma Arterton in the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre.[4]

In June 2017, he appeared in the third series of the BBC drama Poldark, as Tholly Tregirls.

Personal lifeEdit

Gilder attended Queen Mary, University of London,[5] where he earned a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Third World Studies.[citation needed] He then trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and entered the profession in 1987.[citation needed]

He is married to actress Robin Weaver and they have two children named Thomas and Violet.


Year Film/Show Role
1989 May to December - "Send in the Clowns" Shop Assistant
1990 On the Up Policeman ⟨uncredited⟩
1994 Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge - Show 5 Liam Partridge
1995 The Innocent Sleep Johnny
1995 The Bill - "Done Is Done" Billy McRae
1995 Rich Deceiver Sean Murphy
1995 Resort to Murder PC Graham
1996 Bugs - "Golden Rush" Maximillian Kristo
1996 "Soldier Soldier - Flash Point" Cpl Ewan Dalglish
1996 Clancy's Kitchen Nick
1996 A Touch of Frost - "Unknown Soldier" Corporal Devenish
1996 Circles of Deceit: Kalon Tartleton
1996 Our Friends to the North - "1984" PC Lukoschek
1997 Touching Evil - Season 1 Episode 1 and 3 Steve Carroll
1997 The Investigator (aka Out of Line) Sgr. Jamie Kennedy
1998 Far From the Madding Crowd Joseph Poorgrass
1998 Hornblower: The Even Chance (aka The Duel) Styles
1998 Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (aka The Fire Ship) Styles
1999 Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil Styles
1999 Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (aka The Wrong War) Styles
1999 Say You'll Be Mine
1999 Dangerfield - "Instinct" Kevin Bishop
1999 The Bill - "Hot Money" Jerry Mulligan
2000 Honest The Hawk
2000 Don Quixote Captain
2000 The Vice - "Force of Nature" Sam Shepley
2000 The Knock Mark
2000 Hornblower: Mutiny Styles
2000 Hornblower: Retribution Styles
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Reporter
2002 Ultimate Force - "The Killing of a One-Eyed Bookie"
2003 Hornblower: Loyalty Styles
2003 Hornblower: Duty Styles
2003 State of Play
2003 Gangs of New York Dog fight referee
2004 King Arthur Jola
2004 The Bill - "Dinferent Kind of Justice" John Kirkby
2005–2010 Shameless Paddy Maguire
2006 Doctor Who - "The Christmas Invasion" The Sycorax Leader
2006 The Fall Walt Purdy
2007 Life on Mars - Episode 16 Leslie Johns
2008 Shameless Noel Maguire
2011 The Shadow Line Robert Beatty
2011 Inspector George Gently - Episode 10 "Gently Upside Down" Joe Claverton
2012 Kidnap and Ransom TBC
2013 The Selfish Giant Kitten
2015 Silent Witness - "Sniper's Nest" Jim Clout
2015 Sons of Liberty Thomas Hutchinson
2015 Midsomer Murders Episode 17.3 "The Ballad of Somer County" Danny Carver
2015 The Last Kingdom Wulfhere
2016 Jericho Moses Kemble
2016 Penny Dreadful Marshall Franklin Ostow
2016- Our Girl Max Lane
2017-2018 Poldark Tholly Tregirls
2020 White House Farm TBC

Video gamesEdit

Year Film/Show Role
2014 Alien: Isolation Henry Marlow


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)".
  3. ^ The Paul O'Grady Show - Channel4
  4. ^ Taylor, Paul (16 January 2014). "The Duchess of Malfi, theatre review". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ Queen Mary Players Archived 12 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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