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BRENDAN GLEESON (Sgt. Gerry Boyle), a Dublin-born former teacher, left the profession to pursue a career in his first love, acting and joined the Irish theatre company Passion Machine. He landed his first starring role in I Went Down, which was followed by his much acclaimed role in John Boorman's The General. His performance gained him awards not only for Best Actor at the 1998 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards and Best Actor at the 1998 ALFS, but also the Best Actor award at the 1999 Irish Film & 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. He attracted the attention of Hollywood when he starred as Hamish 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 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 August Nicholson 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 Phoenix directed by David Yates; John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail; and the motion capture Beowulf directed by Robert Zemeckis.

He also appeared in In Bruges in 2009, under the direction of Martin McDonagh, alongside Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes. It was nominated for a Golden GlobeĀ® and a BAFTA Award for his role. His recent credits include Perrier's Bounty, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon for Parallel Films and Green Zone, a Paul Greengrass film with Matt Damon. He also returned to the role of Professor 'Mad-Eye' Moody in the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in HBO's Into the Storm directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. The film garnered fourteen Emmy nominations in total.

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