Domhnall Gleeson

Last updated on the 26 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 12 May 1983, Dublin, Ireland. 

Domhnall Gleeson is the eldest son of renowned actor Brendan Gleeson, he was surrounded by the world of performance from a young age. While his father’s career flourished, the young Gleeson honed his own talents on stage at Malahide Community School, tackling roles in classics like “Grease” and “King Lear.”

Following his graduation from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a degree in Media Arts, he explored writing and directing short films. At 23, he received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the dark comedy “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” on Broadway. This recognition solidified his talent and opened doors on both sides of the Atlantic.

Domhnall Gleeson’s film debut arrived in 2005 with the Irish feature “Boy Eats Girl.” He soon found himself sharing the screen with his father in several projects, including the Oscar-winning short film “Six Shooter.”

The year 2010 marked a turning point. Domhnall landed the role of Bill Weasley in the final installments of the Harry Potter film franchise. This global phenomenon introduced him to a vast new audience and cemented his place in the hearts of fantasy enthusiasts worldwide. However, Domhnall craved roles that stretched his abilities.

In 2013, he found the perfect vehicle in the time-traveling romantic comedy “About Time.” Here, Gleeson played a charming young man grappling with love, loss and the complexities of time manipulation. The film, both humorous and poignant, showcased his comedic timing and dramatic depth.

Domhnall Gleeson delivered a chilling portrayal of a programmer confronting the unsettling nature of artificial intelligence in “Ex Machina” (2015). The same year, he embodied the ruthless General Hux in the blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. He continued to impress audiences with diverse roles in films like “Frank” (2014), “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (2017) and “Alice & Jack” (2023)

Domhnall Gleeson hasn’t neglected his television roots either. He delivered a memorable performance in the haunting “Black Mirror” episode “Be Right Back” (2013).

Domhnall Gleeson and his father are both big fans of Aston Villa, an English premier league football team. Gleeson has been with Irish producer Juliette Bonass since their college days. They tied the knot in 2023 and have collaborated on several projects together.


Suggested viewing


About Time (2013)

About Time poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

A young man discovers his family possesses the ability to travel through their own past. Initially used to find love, he soon learns that altering time comes with unforeseen consequences, forcing him to grapple with fate, loss and the importance of appreciating life’s fleeting moments.

Top cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Cordery, Joshua McGuire, Tom Hughes, Vanessa Kirby.


Be Right Back (2013)

Black Mirror Be Right Back poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0

In this “Black Mirror” episode, a woman grapples with grief after her boyfriend’s sudden death. Presented with a new technology that allows her to communicate with a simulated version of him, she finds solace but soon confronts the limitations of a digital replacement for a real connection.

Top cast: Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Claire Keelan, Sinead Matthews, Flora Nicholson, Glenn Hannington, Tim Delap.

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Frank (2014)

Frank poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.9

An aspiring musician joins a quirky band led by a mysterious frontman who always wears a giant papier-mache head. As they achieve unexpected success, he contends with the band’s unconventional dynamic and the frontman’s hidden identity.

Top cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil, Carla Azar, Tess Harper, Bruce McIntosh, Hayley Derryberry.


Alice & Jack (2023)

Alice & Jack poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.8

A couple grapple with the complexities of a sixteen-year relationship, enduring the highs and lows of love, commitment and personal growth. Years after a breakup, a chance encounter rekindles old feelings, forcing them to confront whether their love can withstand the test of time.

Top cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Andrea Riseborough, Aimee Lou Wood, Sunil Patel, Aisling Bea, Millie Ashford, Rachel Adedeji.


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