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Internationally acclaimed Dublin-born actor BRENDAN GLEESON's (Martin Brown) latest project is The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh for Element Pictures. This production, co-starring Don Cheadle, was filmed in late 2009 in Ireland. Spring 2010 will see the release of Perrier's Bounty, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon for Parallel Film Productions. Gleeson will also reprise the role of Alastor "Mad-Eye” Moody in the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. In 2009, Gleeson won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the HBO movie Into the Storm, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. Into the Storm aired on HBO and the BBC and garnered 14 Emmy nominations.

A former teacher, Gleeson left the profession to pursue a career in his first love, acting, and joined the Irish theater company Passion Machine. Gleeson landed his first starring role in I Went Down, which was followed by his highly acclaimed role in John Boorman's The General. His performance gained him awards for Best Actor at the 1998 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Best Actor at the 1999 ALFS (London Film Critics' Circle Awards) and the British Actor of the Year at the 1999 Irish Film and Television Awards.

Gleeson's rise to fame began when he appeared in Jim Sheridan's The Field, followed by a number of small roles in such films as Far and Away and Into the West. Gleeson attracted the attention of Hollywood when he starred as Hamish Campbell in the film Braveheart, alongside Mel Gibson. Other notable screen credits include John Woo's Mission: Impossible II, Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama and Country of My Skull, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later… and Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.

Over the past few years, Gleeson has become a household name after appearing in a number of successful films. His film credits include roles in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village; Cold Mountain, directed by Anthony Minghella; Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven; Breakfast on Pluto, directed by Neil Jordan; Wolfgang Petersen's Troy; Black Irish, directed by Brad Gann; Studs, directed by Paul Mercier; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, directed by Mike Newell; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, directed by David Yates; John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail; and Beowulf, directed by Robert Zemeckis. In 2009, he appeared in In Bruges under the direction of Martin McDonagh, alongside Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes. Gleeson was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his role in the film.


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