A native of Ireland, Colin Farrell continues to turn heads in Hollywood. In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in In Bruges and was reteamed with director Martin McDonough for the CBS films’ Seven Psychopaths.
He was recently seen the Alchemy film The Lobster starring opposite Rachel Weisz about a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. The film won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a 2016 BAFTA. He was also nominated for “Best Actor” at the 2015 British Independent Film award, as well as a “Best European Actor” at the European Film Awards.
He was recently seen in the film adaptation of Miss Julie starring opposite Jessica Chastain and directed by Liv Ullmann. Miss Julie written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg in 1888, takes place over one night in 1874. In December 2013 Farrell was seen in the Disney film Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson which is a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular Disney film Mary Poppins came to be. He made his US TV debut in 2015 on the second season of the HBO drama True Detective starring opposite Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughan. Nic Pizzolatto, who created the series also wrote the second season.
His other past work includes Winter’s Tale, Dead Man Down, Total Recall, Peter Weir’s The Way Back, London Boulevard, Fright Night the Warner Brothers comedy Horrible Bosses, Ondine by Irish director Neil Jordan which revolves around an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid. His other films include Gavin O’Conner’s Pride and Glory Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Miami Vice, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Terrence Malick’s The New World, Ask the Dust based on the novel by John Fante, opposite Al Pacino in The Recruit, A Home at the End of the World based on the Michael Cunningham novel, and two roles in Joel Schumacher’s films Phone Booth and Tigerland. Other film credits include Minority Report, Daredevil, American Outlaws, Tigerland, SWAT and Intermission.
Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Colin is the son of former football player, Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon Farrell played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers in the 1960’s.
It was Colin’s early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps, however his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, Colin landed a starring role in Dierde Purcell’s miniseries Falling for a Dancer, a starring role in the BBC series Ballykissangel, and a featured role in Tim Roth’s directorial debut, The War Zone, followed soon after.