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TOMMY FLANAGAN was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where he worked as a popular DJ for dance clubs there and throughout Europe before becoming an actor. In his early twenties, he became a member of Robert Carlyle's Raindog Theatre Company and made his stage debut in such productions as "Wasted I and II," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Macbeth."

In 1992, Flanagan made his feature debut in director David Hayman's Black and Blue and next appeared in television movies such as "'Tis the Season To Be Jolly." It was in Mel Gibson's 1995 epic Braveheart in which Flanagan played a brash rebel that his talents were seen by a worldwide audience.

Flanagan has continued to work with the industry's top directors in such films as Phillip Noyce's The Saint, John Woo's Face/Off and David Fincher's The Game. In1999, he -teamed with long-time colleague and friend, Robert Carlyle in the film, Plunkett and Macleane.

That same year, Flanagan earned critical praise and numerous Best Actor nominations for his role as "Da," the troubled Irish father in Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher. The film earned Best Director awards by many European film festivals including the London Film Critics Circle and the BAFTA 2000 awards.

In 2000, Flanagan starred in producer Art Linson's Sunset Strip for director Adam Collis, playing a mysterious 1970's hearth-throb rock star, and went on to win praise for his performance as "Cicero," trust-worthy ally to Russell Crowe's character in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator.

Flanagan can be seen in the indie features Dead Dogs Lie and Strictly Sinatra as well as the USA Network mini-series "Attila," in which he plays the warrior Hun's brother "Bleda."

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