Aidan Gillen

  • 18 February 2005

Date of birth

24th April, 1968







Maze Runner: The Death Cure Trailer

Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers have fought their way out of a Griever-infested labyrinth, abandoned streets filled with Flare-infected Cranks and avoided kidnap by nefarious WCKD troops. But now comes their biggest challenge of them all. They can no longer run and hide from their fate. They must band together to take down WCKD and save their friends, and the rest of civilisation, once and for all.

It's time to get the answers that they have been looking for, and along the way uncover the secret behind the cure for the deadly Flare pandemic - a secret that they know lies within the Immunes. Do to this they must tackle yet another maze; bigger and more terrifying than that which circled the Glade.

On the other side is a legendary city that could answer their prayers, but it's unlikely that they'll all make it out alive. With Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and WCKD still on their backs, their mission seems futile, but Thomas is determined to fight until the very end.

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Aidan Gillen Discusses Littlefinger's Shocking 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Finale Scenes

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 August 2017

Aidan Gillen

The character has for seven seasons worked his way up the power rankings in 'Game Of Thrones'.

For those of you who haven't yet seen the 'Game Of Thrones' season 7 finale, we suggest coming back to this story once you've managed to get through the 80 minutes of drama and chaos woven throughout it! For those who don't mind a spoiler or two, or who have seen the episode, we're going to delve a little deeper into the scenes involving Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish and the Stark sisters, Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner).

Aidan Gillen has played Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish for 7 seasons

Over the first six episodes in season 7, the tension between Arya and Sansa had ramped up like never before. The two didn't seem to trust one another despite finally reuniting in the reclaimed Winterfell, and Littlefinger was one of the catalysts that drove their annoyance against one another to this week's extreme conclusion.

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Aidan Gillen Discusses Littlefinger's "Opportunistic" Journey In 'Game Of Thrones'

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 August 2017

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The actor says his character will "undermine" and "exploit" his current allies.

'Game of Thrones' is certainly impressing viewers with its seventh season, ploughing ahead with the story at a pace we've never seen before and delivering some stellar, jaw-dropping scenes while doing so. Amongst all of the chaos however is of course the sneaky, political movements that take place and nobody's more comfortable in those surroundings than Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish; a man who's currently aligned to the Stark family.

Sophie Turner and Aidan Gillen star as Sansa Stark and Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

In the most recent episode of 'GoT', we saw Littlefinger being followed by a curious and untrusting Arya Stark, only for the stalker to become the stalked when she broke into his room and found a letter that her sister Sansa Stark was forced to write by Cersei Lannister all the way back in the first season. Watching on from the shadows, Littlefinger smiled, but what's his end game?

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Aidan Gillen at the premiere of 'Game of Thrones' season 7 held at Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 12th July 2017

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Review


It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This raucous historical romp spins the iconic legend into something that's relentlessly entertaining, even if it never quite satisfies because it's in such a hurry to set up a sequel. Thankfully, there are some deeper themes along the way that give the actors something to chew on besides the scenery.

In post-Roman Britain, King Uther (Eric Bana) has been killed by his brother Vortigern (Jude Law), who made a deal that involved some very black magic. But Vortigern is haunted by the fact that Uther's infant son Arthur somehow escaped and will someday return to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful throne. Meanwhile in Londinium, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) has no idea who he really is. Raised in a brothel and trained as a muscled fighter, he has a nice little racket going on. So discovering his identity is a shock. He's immediately spirited away by a mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) and some rebels (Djimon Hounsou and Aiden Gillen) who help him plot how to take back his crown.

The entire film is essentially a chase as Vortigern and his chief goon (Peter Ferdinando) pursue Arthur and his growing band of rebels. That all of this is leading to an epic confrontation is no surprise. But Ritchie oddly frames each action sequence as a splintered montage, which means we're only ever watching a series of key images with no momentum or context. Some of these work cleverly, but they begin to wear us out: we know what's happening but we're not able to experience it ourselves. Thankfully the dialogue has a witty present-day snap that brings the characters and the camaraderie between them to vivid life.

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King Arthur - Trailer and Clips

Arthur grew up as a peasant on the streets of Londonium having escaped the terror that was unleashed upon his father Uther Pendragon's kingdom when he was just a boy. But despite growing up away from his royal roots, there was always something special about him; a determination and a willingness to stand up and fight no matter how big the enemy or how slim the chances of survival. This does not go unnoticed by the current King Vortigern, who took over the throne all those years ago. Arthur is captured and imprisoned by Vortigern's men and it's then he learns of his true destiny. And that destiny is sealed when he manages to pull the sword of Excalibur from the legendary stone with the world watching. Vortigern will stop at nothing to keep his ill-gotten crown, but still he underestimates the power that the sword wields. Using his newfound power, he joins with the kingdom's resistance to regain what's rightfully his and avenge his father along the way.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Trailer

For the most part, Arthur has taught himself all the life lessons he knows, he lives a rough life with his friends in the town, fighting comes as standard for the young man, however Arthur's life is about to change for better and worse. When Arthur is challenged to pull the famous sword from the stone he achieves something that all men before him have failed to do, he retrieves the sword.

Arthur's life story becomes a little clearer, Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon a noble king loved by his people but when he dies his crown and seat on the throne are stolen by Vortigern who will go to any lengths to secure his future as leader of the kingdom. Since the death of Pendragon, the whole country has slowly fallen into chaos - particularly the capital, Londinium. Vortigern rules with an iron fist and his willingness to use dark magic cause more and more problems.

As Arthur learns about his past, he unites with a group of rebels but the new owner of Excalibur is far from enthusiastic at fighting Vortigern's army. As time passes Arthur realises that he must be the one to restore some peace to the city but with Vortigern leading his troops it's not going to be an easy battle.

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Sing Street Review


A buoyant celebration of the power of music, this is the third blissfully entertaining musical romance from John Carney, who also wrote and directed Once and Begin Again. Set in the 1980s, this brightly comical film is packed with fabulous songs, both real hits from the period and fantastic pastiche numbers. And it's vividly performed by a fresh cast.

It's set in 1985 Dublin, where 15-year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is furious when his parents (Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy) transfer him to a local catholic school due to financial trouble. Conor's adored older stoner-rocker brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) is still living at home, while their younger sister Ann (Kelly Thornton) observes the craziness of her family with wry detachment. Then Conor falls for sexy bad girl Raphina (Lucy Boynton), trying to impress her by telling her that he's in a rock band. So now he really needs to create one. He gathers some other outcasts at his new school, and they become Sing Street, trying to write some "futurist" songs. But finding their own sound is tricky.

As this scrappy band comes together, they take inspiration from the music around them, including pop bands like Duran Duran, The Cure and Spandau Ballet. Their own songs and clothing hilariously echo these styles as they try to find a way to connect with their audience while expressing themselves artistically. And the songs are fiendishly catchy, each accompanied by a hand-made music video that cleverly traces the boys' passion for music and their coming-of-age as artists in their own right, all within the context of the period. At the centre, Conor's journey is twisty, complex and hugely resonant. Walsh-Peelo is a very likeable actor who's thoroughly believable as a young guy trying desperately to act grown up, despite the terrible examples of his bickering parents and slacker brother.

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The Scorch Trials Review


After the rather lacklustre teen-dystopia adventure The Maze Runner, the action continues in this equally gimmicky sequel. It's the middle episode in novelist James Dashner's trilogy, so it lacks a proper narrative structure, building through a series of action sequences that put our heroes into jeopardy. But the film never develops any suspense because writer T.S. Nowlin and director Wes Ball never bother to properly develop the characters or find an original approach to the action.

After escaping from the Maze, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his friends (including Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Dexter Darden) find themselves in the Scorch, a wasteland created by some sort of environmental catastrophe. They're rescued by Janson (Aidan Gillen) and taken into a sort of halfway house for lost teens, where Thomas meets Aris (Jacob Lofland), a loner who knows something nefarious is going on. Sure enough, the monolithic corporation WCKD, run by Ava (Patricia Clarkson), is using these kids because they are immune to the disease that's turning people into Cranks who maraud across the landscape. To avoid this fate, Thomas and crew plot an escape, fleeing into a devastated city, where they meet Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and feisty teen Brenda (Rosa Salazar). Pursued by WCKD, they travel on into the mountains in search of a safe haven.

Yes, this has essentially become a zombie thriller now, as the Cranks chase the kids even more relentlessly than Janson and WCKD do. The problem is that everything about this film feels familiar, from crowds of The Walking Dead to The Day After Tomorrow's abandoned shopping mall to Transformers 3's tilting skyscraper. As with the first film, the dialogue overflows with corny mythology in which everything given an ominous, cool-sounding name. It's all so constructed that it sounds utterly artificial. And the derivative action sequences are directed without even a hint of realism.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Trailer

Having overcome a series of deadly encounters in the box-office smash The Maze Runner, this much-anticipated second chapter in the dystopian young-adult series finds Thomas and his fellow Gladers facing their greatest challenge yet, as they search for clues about the sinister organisation known as WCKD. Their mission takes them to a desolate landscape called the Scorch, where they face new dangers at every turn. Teaming up with resistance fighters, they must take on WCKD's powerful forces in an attempt to uncover the organisation's shocking plans for these young heroes.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - Teaser Trailer

Following their supposed escape from the monster infested maze, the surviving Gladers led by Thomas are taken to an underground facility in the wake of a devastating solar flare known as The Scorch that has left the vast majority of the population infected with a disease called the Flare, but little do they know they are about to enter Phase Two. Soon they begin to realise that they're still part of WCKD's dastardly experiment and they must find a way to escape once and for all or risk more of them dying untimely deaths. They are warned about the dangers of entering the barren wasteland that has become the rest of the world, but they have no choice if they want freedom. Cities have been overtaken by sand dunes, but they soon about to discover yet more unfathomable horrors that lie before them.

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Aidan Gillen and Amanda Mealing - UK Premiere of 'Still' at the Regent Street Cinema at Regent Street Cinema - London, United Kingdom - Friday 8th May 2015

Aidan Gillen - 'Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur' filming in Snowdonia at Capel Carig - Beddgelert, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th April 2015

Aidan Gillen - Actor Aidan Gillen seen leaving The Merrion where he was doing press for 'Charlie' - the RTE Charles Haughey mini series, Dublin, Ireland - 04.12.14. - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 4th December 2014

Aidan Gillen - New York Premiere of The Fourth Season of "Game of Thrones" - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Wednesday 19th March 2014