Stephen Rea (// ray; born 31 October 1946) is an Irish film and stage actor. Rea has appeared in films such as V for Vendetta, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire and Breakfast on Pluto. Rea was nominated for an Academy Award for his lead performance as Fergus in the 1992 film The Crying Game. He has during later years had important roles in the Hugo Blick TV series The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman, for which he won a BAFTA Award.
(m. 1983; div. 2003)
Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Protestant parents; his father was a bus driver and his mother a housewife. He studied English at the Queen's University Belfast, and drama at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin.
After appearing on the stage and in television and film for many years in Ireland and the United Kingdom, Rea came to international attention when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film The Crying Game. He is a frequent collaborator with Irish film-maker Neil Jordan. Rea has long been associated with some of the most important writers in Ireland. His association with playwright Stewart Parker, for example, began when they were students together at the Queen's University of Belfast.
Rea helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney and Seamus Deane. In recognition for his contribution to theatre and performing arts, Rea was given honorary degrees from both the Queen's University Belfast and the Ulster University in 2004.
Rea's friendship with American playwright and actor Sam Shepard dates back to the early 1970s, and he starred in Shepard's directorial début of his play Geography of a Horse Dreamer at the Royal Court Theatre in 1974. In 2007, Rea began a successful and acclaimed relationship with both the Abbey Theatre and Sam Shepard, appearing in Kicking a Dead Horse (2007) and Ages of the Moon (2009), both penned by Shepard and also both transferred to New York. Rea returned to the Abbey in 2009 to appear in the world première of Sebastian Barry's Tales of Ballycumber.
Rea was married for 17 years to Dolours Price, a former Provisional Irish Republican Army bomber and hunger striker who later became a critic of Sinn Féin. (Another news source suggests a marriage of 20 years, from 1983 to 2003.) They had been divorced when she died on 23 January 2013. They have two sons.
|1970||Cry of the Banshee||Villager|
|1975||I Didn't Know You Cared||Carter Brandon||TV, Series 1 & 2|
|1977||Professional Foul||Pavel Hollar||BBC play (TV)|
|1978||The Professionals||Pellin||Episode: "In the public interest"|
|1978||On a Paving Stone Mounted|
|1980||Caleb Williams||Tyrell||German TV series|
|1984||The Company of Wolves||Young Groom|
|Minder||Roddy||Series 4, episode 10 "Windows"|
|1985||The Doctor and the Devils||Timothy Broom|
|1990||Not with a Bang||Colin Garrity||TV series|
|Life is Sweet||Patsy|
|1992||The Crying Game||Fergus||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor|
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor
|1993||Hedda Gabler||Ejlert Lovborg||TV|
|Bad Behaviour||Gerry McAllister|
|Interview with the Vampire||Santiago|
|Prêt-à-Porter||Milo O'Brannigan||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|1995||Citizen X||Lt Viktor Burakov||(TV)|
|Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea||Nikos|
|All Men are Mortal||Fosca|
|1996||Trojan Eddie||Trojan Eddie|
|Michael Collins||Ned Broy|
|Crime of the Century||Bruno Richard Hauptmann||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film|
|The Last of the High Kings||Taxi driver|
|Fever Pitch||Ray, the Governor|
|The Butcher Boy||Da Brady|
|The Break||Sean Dowd|
|1998||Still Crazy||Tony Costello|
|This Is My Father||Father Quinn|
|The End of the Affair||Henry Miles|
|The Life Before This||Brian|
|I Could Ready the Sky||PJ Doran|
|In Dreams||Doctor Silverman|
|2000||The King's Wake||King Connor Mac Neasa||(voice)|
|2001||A Scare at Bedtime||Dr.Roger St.Roctor||Series 4, episode 12 "Not What the Doctor Ordered "|
|The Musketeer||Cardinal Richelieu|
|Snow in August||Rabbi Judah Hirsch|
|On the Edge||Dr. Figure|
|2002||FeardotCom||Alistair Pratt, 'The Doctor'|
|Copenhagen||Niels Bohr||BBC-PBS (TV)|
|2003||The i Inside||Doctor Newman|
|Control||Dr. Arlo Penner|
|The Confessor||McCaran||alternate title The Good Shepherd|
|The Halo Effect||Fatso||Nominated — Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Film|
|2005||Breakfast on Pluto||Bertie||Nominated — Irish Film and Television Awards - Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Film|
|V for Vendetta||Chief Inspector Finch|
|2006||Sisters||Dr. Philip Lacan|
|Sixty Six||Dr. Barrie|
|Until Death||Gabriel Callaghan|
|The Reaping||Father Costigan|
|2008||The Devil's Mercy||Tyler|
|Heidi 4 Paws||Doctor||(voice)|
|Kisses||Down Under Dylan||uncredited|
|Father & Son||(TV)|
|Single-Handed||Sean Doyle||TV series|
|The Shadow Line||"Controller" James Gatehouse||TV series|
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2012||Underworld: Awakening||Dr Jacob Lane|
|Werewolf: The Beast Among Us||Doc|
|2013||Utopia||Conran Letts||TV series|
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle||TV series|
British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film
|Styria||Dr Hill||Released on DVD as Angels of Darkness|
|2015-16||Dickensian||Inspector Bucket||BBC series|
|2016||War & Peace||Prince Vassily Kuragin||BBC series|
|2018||Counterpart||Alexander Pope||TV series|
- "Q&A: Stephen Rea". New York Post. 20 July 2008.
- Auld, Tim (25 March 2016). "Stephen Rea: 'I never wanted to be a polite actor'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- "Queen's prepares for graduation week". Queen's University Belfast. June 2004. Archived from the original on 15 August 2004. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Honour for Stephen Rea". Ulster University. 15 December 2004. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Ages of the Moon by Sam Shepard, 24 February – 4 April 2009". Abbey Theatre. 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Tales of Ballycumber". Abbey Theatre. 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Wolf, Matt (17 September 1994). "Actors lose jobs as ban on IRA voices is lifted". Austin American-Statesman. p. A3.
- "Rea reads The Dead on RTÉ Radio". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Scare comes from Out of the Dark in this exclusive clip". Bloody Disgusting. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Barton, Steve (26 February 2015). "First clips emerge Out of the Dark". Dread Central.
- Boiselle, Matt (27 February 2015). "Out of the Dark (2015)". Dread Central.
- Foy, Ken; Murphy, Cormac (24 January 2013). "Dolours Price, former IRA terrorist and ex-wife of actor Stephen Rea, dies of suspected overdose". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- McDonald, Henry (28 January 2013). "Stephen Rea carries Dolours Price's coffin at funeral in Belfast: Former IRA hunger striker is buried after mass attended by Hollywood actor ex-husband". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Ex-IRA woman Dolours Price is found dead in Dublin". BBC News Online. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "UNICEF Ireland Ambassadors & High Profile Supporters". UNICEF. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
- Styria on IMDb