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Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1946
SpouseDolours Price
FactResides in Dublin, Ireland.

Stephen Rea is an Irish actor and director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Film Awards. Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Protestant parents, and brought up in Belfast and Derry. He attended Queen’s University Belfast, where he studied English literature, and later worked as a journalist for the Belfast Telegraph. He began acting in the 1970s, appearing in several stage productions, and later became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in many films, including The Crying Game (1992), Michael Collins (1996), and V for Vendetta (2006). Rea has also directed two films, The Passion of the Christ (2004) and The Butcher Boy (1997). He is married to the actress Dolores O’Riordan, with whom he has three children.

General Info

Full NameStephen Rea
Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1946
Height1.79 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationQueen's University Belfast, Belfast High School


SpouseDolours Price
ChildrenDanny Rea, Oscar Rea


AwardsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, AACTA Award for Best Original M...
MoviesUnderworld: Awakening, V for Vendetta, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, The End of the Affair, Breakfast on Pluto, Michael Collins, Ondine, FeardotCom, Still Crazy, Nothing Personal, The Butcher Boy, The Reaping, The Company of Wolves, Out of the Dark, The Musketeer, Citizen X, Blackthor...
TV ShowsThe Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, Horrible Histories, I Didn't Know You Cared, Father & Son, Not with a Bang

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1[Describing his 2007 movie Stuck (2007)] "Stuck" is about a desperate man who is apparently getting weaker, but is actually becoming stronger. He starts the film in a passive state of mind and retreats from all the things the world throws at him, but then because of this catastrophe, he actually becomes a tougher, more determined and focused character.
2[When asked why he would have a "special thanks" credit on the Ozzy Osbourne album "Diary of a Madman"] It isn't me, man. There's a travel agent in Belfast named "Stephen Rea", and I found that out because people kept asking me that question over and over. There's also a set designer named "Stephen Rea", but that's not me either!
3I didn't want to be seen as just a guy on a list. I'm interested in good scripts, scripts that are about something, scripts that move your acting along.


1Was offered a part in Dennis Quaid's Flight of the Phoenix (2004), but passed (source Richard E Grant diaries for Wah-Wah).
2Was considered for a role in Blown Away (1994). Tommy Lee Jones was cast instead.
3Was nominated for Broadway's 1993 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for Frank McGuinness' "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me".
4Resides in Dublin, Ireland.
5Acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney in the late '70s.
6Children: Danny Rea (b. 1988), Oscar Rea (b. 1990).
7A Protestant republican, he was married to former IRA bomber Dolours Price.




Dickensian2015-2016TV SeriesInspector Bucket
War & Peace2016TV Mini-SeriesPrince Vassily Kuragin
Ruby Strangelove Young Witch2015Danforth
Out of the Dark2014Jordan
Styria2014Dr. Hill
The Honourable Woman2014TV Mini-SeriesSir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle
Tasting Menu2013Walter
Utopia2013TV SeriesLetts
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us2012VideoDoc
Underworld: Awakening2012Dr. Jacob Lane
Stella Days2011Brendan McSweeney
The Shadow Line2011TV Mini-SeriesGatehouse
Roadkill2011TV MovieSeamus
Single-Handed2010TV SeriesSean Doyle
The Heavy2010Anawalt
Arena2010TV Series documentaryVarious characters
Heidi 4 Paws2009Doctor (voice)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesCallum Donovan
Nothing Personal2009/IMartin
Father & Son2009TV Mini-SeriesAugustine Flynn
An Paiste Beo Bocht2009Patrick MacGill
Espion(s)2009M. Palmer
Kisses2008Down Under Dylan (uncredited)
10 Days to War2008TV SeriesTim Cross
The Devil's Mercy2008Tyler
Stuck2007Thomas Bardo
The Reaping2007Father Costigan
Until Death2007Gabriel Callaghan
Celebration2007TV MovieWaiter
Imeacht Na N'Iarlaí2007TV Mini-SeriesAodh Ó Néill, Tiarna Thir Eoghain (2007)
Sixty Six2006Dr. Barrie
Sisters2006/IDr. Philip Lacan
V for Vendetta2005Finch
Tara Road2005Colm
River Queen2005Francis
Breakfast on Pluto2005Bertie
Control2004Dr. Arlo Penner
Proud2004Barney Garvey
Fluent Dysphasia2004ShortMurph
The Good Shepherd2004McCaran
The I Inside2004Doctor Newman
The Halo Effect2004Fatso
Bloom2003/ILeopold Bloom
Copenhagen2002TV MovieNiels Bohr
Evelyn2002Michael Beattie
Horrible Histories2001-2002TV SeriesNarrator (UK Version)
Armadillo2001TV SeriesHogg
On the Edge2001Dr. Figure
The Musketeer2001Cardinal Richelieu
Snow in August2001TV MovieRabbi Judah Hirsch
Podge and Rodge. A Scare at Bedtime2001TV SeriesDr.Roger St.Roctor
The King's Wake2000King Connor Mac Neasa (voice)
The End of the Affair1999Henry Miles
The Life Before This1999Brian
I Could Read the Sky1999P.J.
In Dreams1999Doctor Silverman
Guinevere1999Connie Fitzpatrick
Still Crazy1998Tony Costello
This Is My Father1998/IMission Priest
Double Tap1997Cypher
The Break1997Sean Dowd
The Butcher Boy1997Da Brady
Fever Pitch1997Ray, the Governor
Divine Magic: The World of the Supernatural - Messengers of the Gods1996TV MovieNarrator
The Last of the High Kings1996Cab Driver
Crime of the Century1996TV MovieBruno Richard Hauptmann
Trojan Eddie1996Trojan Eddie
Michael Collins1996Ned Broy
Divine Magic1995TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
All Men Are Mortal1995Fosca
Performance1993-1995TV SeriesSeamus Shields Ejlert Lovborg
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea1995Nikos
Citizen X1995TV MovieLt. Viktor Burakov
Ready to Wear1994Milo O'Brannigan
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles1994Santiago
Princess Caraboo1994Gutch
Angie1994Noel Riordan
Saturday Night Live1993TV SeriesFergus
Bad Behaviour1993Gerry McAllister
The Crying Game1992Fergus
Saint Oscar1991TV Movie
Life Is Sweet1990Patsy
Not with a Bang1990TV SeriesColin Garrity
Endgame by Samuel Beckett1989TV MovieClov
4 Play1989TV SeriesPaul (segment "Not As Bad As They Seem")
Scout1987TV MovieMarshall
Lost Belongings1987TV Mini-SeriesLenny
Screen Two1986TV SeriesFrankie
Boon1986TV SeriesFrank Warren
Loose Connections1985Harry
The Doctor and the Devils1985Timothy Broom
Four Days in July1984TV MovieDixie
The House1984TV MovieThe Soldier
The Company of Wolves1984Young Groom
Minder1984TV SeriesRoddy Allan
Joyce in June1982TV MovieStanislaus Joyce / McIntosh
Caleb Williams1980TV Mini-SeriesTyrell
Play for Today1974-1979TV SeriesCaretaker / Shay / Chas / ...
On a Paving Stone Mounted1978
Thank You, Comrades1978TV MovieMayakovsky
The Professionals1978TV SeriesPellin
BBC Play of the Month1978TV SeriesConstantin
BBC2 Play of the Week1977TV SeriesHollar
I Didn't Know You Cared1975-1976TV SeriesCarter Brandon
Days of Hope1975TV Mini-SeriesReporter
Thriller1974TV SeriesArden Buckley
The Moonstone1972TV SeriesMajor Frayne
Cry of the Banshee1970Villager
Softly Softly: Task Force1970TV SeriesPhilip Conner
Z Cars1969TV SeriesKenny
Sanctuary1967TV SeriesStephen Moriarty
Angel Pavement1967TV SeriesSecond Mate
Crossroads1964TV SeriesPepe Costa


The Break1997idea by


Tasting Menu2013the director wishes to thank
The Making of 'The Crying Game'2005Video documentary special thanks
Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary short special thanks


Ray McAnally M'Athair2011DocumentaryHimself
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHimself
8th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Just One More Job: The Making of The Heavy2010Video documentary shortHimself
The People Speak UK2010DocumentaryHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Meteor Ireland Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Director's Notebook: Re-imagining a Cult Classic for the 21st Century2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Podge and Rodge Show2007TV SeriesHimself
4th Irish Film and Television Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Freedom! Forever!: Making 'V for Vendetta'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Tara Road'2005TV Movie documentaryColum
The Making of 'The Crying Game'2005Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Abbey Theatre: The First 100 Years2004DocumentaryHimself
Irish Film and Television Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary shortHimself
Interview With the Vampire: In the Shadow of the Vampire2001Video documentary shortHimself / Santiago
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Lumière et compagnie1995Documentary segment "John Boorman"
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Role
Working in the Theatre1993TV Series documentaryHimself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
Arena1988TV Series documentary
Sam Thompson: Voice of Many Men1986TV Movie documentarySam Thompson
A Place Called Ardoyne1973DocumentaryNarrator


Won Awards

2015BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Honourable Woman (2014)
2015IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role - DramaThe Honourable Woman (2014)
2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in TelevisionFather & Son (2009)
1995Best ActorCairo International Film FestivalCitizen X (1995)
1995Best ActorSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalCitizen X (1995)
1994NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsemblePrêt- (1994)
1993NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe Crying Game (1992)

Nominated Awards

2016IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in DramaDickensian (2015)
2016IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in DramaWar & Peace (2016)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Honourable Woman (2014)
2012BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Shadow Line (2011)
2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in a FilmNothing Personal (2009)
2007IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature FilmBreakfast on Pluto (2005)
2004IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest ActorThe Halo Effect (2004)
2002Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialSnow in August (2001)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionCrime of the Century (1996)
1993OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Crying Game (1992)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe Crying Game (1992)
1993DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Crying Game (1992)

3rd Place Awards

1998BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Butcher Boy (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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