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STEPHEN DILLANE (Harry Vardon) trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His early theatre work included repertory seasons at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Contact Theatre, Manchester and Chester Gateway Theatre. Leading roles at the National Theatre followed with Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem, Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa, Edmund Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Prior Walter in Angels In America, followed by Hush written by April D'Angelis at the Royal Court. He won the Richard Burton Shakespeare Globe Award in 1995 for the title role in Hamlet at the Gielgud Theatre directed by Peter Hall. He played Clov in Endgame at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Katie Mitchell, Artie in Hurlyburly at the Old Vic, and the title role of Uncle Vanya for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Young Vic, again directed by Katie Mitchell. He returned to the Donmar Warehouse to play Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 1999. He then played Tony in Our Late Night by Wallace Shawn at the Royal Court, directed by Caryl Churchill. He returned to The Real Thing for a limited run in the West End prior to Broadway where it played at the Barrymore Theater. On Broadway, Dillane won the Best Actor Tony Award in 2000, the Best Actor Drama Desk Award in 1999/2000, and the Theatre World Award in 2000, and was nominated for the Best Actor Outer Circle Award in 2000. He returned to the West End to play George in Life After George directed by Michael Blakemore. In 2002 he played Alexander Herzen in the Tom Stoppard Trilogy Coast of Utopia at the National Theatre directed by Trevor Nunn. Most recently he performed a one-man show of Macbeth at the Redcat Theatre in Los Angeles, directed by Travis Preston, which he will perform again at the Almeida Theatre in London in October/November 2005 and in Sydney and Adelaide for the Australian Festival in February/March 2006.

Dillane's leading roles in films include Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet opposite Mel Gibson as Horatio, Two If By Sea, Firelight directed by William Nicholson opposite Sophie Marceau, Welcome to Sarajevo directed by Michael Winterbottom with Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei, The Darkest Light directed by Simon (The Full Monty) Beaufoy and Bille Eltringham, Ordinary Decent Criminal opposite Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, and The Parole Officer written by and starring Steve Coogan. In 2001 he filmed starring roles in four films: Charles Harker in Spy Game directed by Tony Scott, Charlie in The Truth About Charlie directed by Jonathan Demme, Simon in The Gathering directed by Brian Gilbert, and Leonard Woolf in The Hours directed by Stephen Daldry. The Hours was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2003 SAG Awards.

In 2004, Dillane starred in King Arthur for Disney directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which he played Merlin; the role of Mr. Allen in Haven directed by Frankie Flowers; and Martin in Nine Lives directed by Rodrigo Garcia which premiered at Sundance in 2005 and will be released in the US in October 2005. He filmed Klimt in January/February 2005, opposite John Malkovich and directed by Raoul Ruiz. The filming of Goal followed.

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