Liam Cunningham

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Born: June 2, 1961, East Wall, Dublin, Ireland.

Liam Cunningham was born in East Wall, an inner city area of Northside Dublin, Ireland. He grew up in Kilmore West with his three sisters and a brother. At the age of 15, Cunningham left secondary school to pursue a career as an electrician.

In the 1980s, Cunningham moved to Zimbabwe for three years, where he worked maintaining electrical equipment at a safari park and trained local electricians. After returning to Ireland, he became dissatisfied with his work and decided to pursue his interest in acting. He attended acting classes and began to work in local theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Liam Cunningham’s acting career began with his film debut in “Into the West” (1992), where he played a police officer. He gained recognition with roles in “War of the Buttons” (1994), “A Little Princess” (1995), and “Jude” (1996). His performance in “Dog Soldiers” (2002) brought him international prominence. Cunningham has starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (2006), “Hunger” (2008), “The Escapist” (2008), and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” (2008). His portrayal of Davos Seaworth in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” is among his most notable television roles.

Throughout his career, Cunningham has been nominated for various awards, including the London Film Critics’ Circle Award and the British Independent Film Award. He has won two Irish Film & Television Awards and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender for their crime-drama short film “Pitch Black Heist.” In 2020, he was listed at number 36 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.

Liam Cunningham is married to Colette Cunningham and they have three children together.

Liam Cunningham’s journey from an electrician in Zimbabwe to a celebrated actor in Ireland and beyond is a testament to his talent and determination. His diverse roles and contributions to film and television have made him a respected figure in the entertainment industry.


Suggested viewing


The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

Set during Ireland’s fight for independence, the film follows two brothers who choose different paths. One, a medical student, is radicalised by British brutality and joins his brother in the guerilla Irish Republican Army. They fight against the British Crown, but the struggle is fractured by a peace treaty that divides the brothers as they grapple with the meaning of freedom and the future of Ireland.

Top cast: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney, William Ruane, Roger Allam, Laurence Barry, Sabrina Barry.

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Game of Thrones (2011)

Game of Thrones poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 9.2

Game of Thrones is a fantasy epic following warring noble families in a world with extreme seasons. They vie for control of the Iron Throne while a long-forgotten magical threat arises in the North. Daenerys Targaryen, exiled heir to a deposed dynasty, builds power in the East, hoping to reclaim her birthright.

Top cast: Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, Mark Addy, Natalie Dormer, Liam Cunningham


3 Body Problem (2024)

3 Body Problem poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

The Three-Body Problem explores humanity’s first contact with an alien civilisation from a three-sun system causing chaotic climate swings. A mysterious video game mirrors the alien world’s plight and as humanity grapples with the message behind it, factions arise with differing views on how to respond to this potential invasion, threatening to tear humanity apart from within.

Top cast: Jovan Adepo, Rosalind Chao, Liam Cunningham, Benedict Wong, Eiza González, Jess Hong, Marlo Kelly, Alex Sharp, Sea Shimooka, Saamer Usmani, Jonathan Pryce, John Dagleish, John Bradley, Adrian Edmondson.


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