Colin Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in a string of Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, Alexander and S.W.A.T.
Early life: Colin Farrell was born in Castleknock, Dublin. He attended The Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out and was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama.
Career: After Ballykissangel, Farrell had a number of small parts in various TV shows and films and then in 2000, he was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland.
He then went on to feature in a few commercially unsuccessful films, but 2003 proved more fruitful. Roles in Phone Booth, S.W.A.T. and The Recruit were all well received box office successes.
Farrell has also proved a successful supporting actor, giving well received performances with Tom Cruise in Minority Report (2002), and as Bullseye in Daredevil (2003).
After Daredevil, Farrell went on to appear in the title role of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's 2004 biopic Alexander, which received mixed reviews the world over.
Move forward to 2006 and success would enter when Colin appeared opposite Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's action-crime film Miami Vice. The film was a box office success grossing a total of $163,557,986 worldwide.
Building on the success of Miami Vice, Farrell featured in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream in 2007 and Martin McDonagh's In Bruges in 2008, both garnered positive reviews.
Personal life: Farrell married English actress Amelia Warner in July 2001 and divorced her four months later.
Farrell has a son, James (born September 12, 2003), with American model Kim Bordenave, from whom he has since separated.
In December 2005, Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment centre for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers.
Celebrity status: Farrell was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003. He was also voted 6th in the World's "Sexiest Man" contest by Company Magazine in that same year.
Trivia: His dad was a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers FC.
Colin was a promising young football player for Dublin team, Castleknock Celtic, as a goalkeeper.
Farrell auditioned for the Irish group Boyzone when he was still unknown, but was unsuccessful.
He made a guest appearance on the US sit-com Scrubs as Billy, a charming Irishman who accompanies a man who he knocked out in a fight.
Throwing a solid Hollywood cast into a surreal arthouse satire, acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) makes his English-language debut with a bang. This is a blackly comical parable about how it feels to be single in a society that only values couples. With its two-part structure it almost seems like two movies mashed together, exploring the topic in ways that are smart and revelatory, and utterly deranged. And the strikingly gifted actors bring it to life beautifully.
It's set in a remote hotel on the Irish coastline, where the recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) has gone to find a mate. Single people here have 45 days to find their perfect partner, or else they're transformed surgically into an animal of their choosing. David has opted to become a lobster, but is determined to find a wife. He watches as one guy (Ben Whishaw) fakes nosebleeds to appear more like a young woman (Jessica Barden). So David pretends to be something he isn't, but is caught by the hotel's imperious manager (Olivia Colman). He escapes into the woods, where he joins a desperate band of loners led by a fierce warrior (Lea Seydoux). There he falls for a woman (Rachel Weisz) who is short-sighted like he is, but romance is forbidden among the loners.
The filmmakers are inventively exploring some very real issues in society, which makes the story ring eerily true, no matter how relentlessly odd it gets. The script's action sequences sometimes feel a bit contrived, but they add to the characters' nagging sense of desperation as they're stuck in a world that simply won't accept them as they are. And it helps that the actors dive in without hesitation. Farrell has gained weight to play the middle-aged David, who had a happy life before being plunged into this nightmare. He's very easy to identify with, both in his awkward interaction and as he boils over in rage. Weisz adds a lusty, razor-sharp intelligence to her role. And Colman quietly steals the movie with her deadpan performance as the godlike hotel manager.
Sometimes this extreme satire feels rather on-the-nose, but it's also a powerfully provocative exploration of the way society forces people to comply, marginalising anyone who refuses to join the status quo. And Lanthimos is gifted at using comedy and emotion to deepen the characters and themes, digging beneath the surface while telling a story that's simply impossible to predict. So in the end, we're almost taken aback at the way all of this has wormed its way under our skin, revealing things about ourselves we thought we had suppressed. Especially the way we value or dismiss people around us based on factors that are utterly irrelevant.
Continue reading: The Lobster Review
Colin Farrell , Rachel Weisz - BFI London Film Festival Dare Gala Premiere of 'The Lobster' held at the Vue West End - Arrivals at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th October 2015
David is a single man having just left a 12 year relationship. As per the rules of living in The City, set in a dystopian future, he is forced to check into The Hotel. The sprawling facility is a place where all singletons must find love within 45 days, or else be turned into a creature of their choice and banished into The Woods, as being alone is highly frowned upon. David's only companion is his loyal dog, who happens to be his unlucky-in-love brother who ran out of time when he was a resident at The Hotel. David's chosen animal is a lobster, but he has no intention of living life as a crustacean and makes his escape into The Woods to join up with The Loners. Soon he meets a short-sighted woman who happens to be extremely adept at catching rabbits. As chance would have it, David finds himself falling for her, but this kind of romance is against the law in The City.
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Colin Farrell has been cast as a wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
Colin Farrell has joined the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The 39-year-old actor will play a wizard in the upcoming film, due to be released in 2016.
Colin Farrell at a screening of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet in Los Angeles in July 2015.
Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek and Jim Sheridan - Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Special Screening held at LACMA's Bing Theatre at LACMA’s Bing Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 30th July 2015
'True Detective' season 2 is currently airing on HBO.
Sometimes a major factor in the watchability of a TV show is the soundtrack, and for crime drama 'True Detective', they've pretty much nailed that all important element and you can hear it in all its glory this summer.
'True Detective: Music From The HBO Series' is the highly anticipated soundtrack compilation featuring music from both season 1 and season 2 of the Emmy winning show. The second season has just begun its broadcast, with another eight episodes for fans to sink their teeth into, so what better way to treat yourself after another thrilling season than an album of pure musical enjoyment?
Continue reading: Enjoy The Epic Soundtrack To 'True Detective' In Full This Summer
Director Jacques Audiard's immigration drama has taken the film festival’s top prize.
French film Dheepan has become the unexpected winner of this year’s Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film took home the festival’s highest honour at its closing ceremony on Sunday night.
Dheepan director Jacques Audiard
Dheepan tells the story of a former Tamil Tiger fighter who pretends to be part of a family with two strangers to find a new life in a housing estate on the edge of Paris. Variety reported that when the film was announced as this year’s recipient, there was a mixture of boos and applause from the international press corps who were watching the ceremony at the Palais.
Continue reading: 'Dheepan' Upsets The Competition To Take Home Palme D'Or At Cannes
Farrell is making his first ever appearance at the annual film festival.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have touched down at the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest movie, The Lobster, a surreal comedy which pokes fun at the dating game. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos the film was largely shot in County Kerry and is already generating buzz as the possible Palme d’Or winner.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz at The Lobster premiere in Cannes.
Farrell, who gained a few extra pounds for the role, stars as an architect who arrives at a hotel where the guests must find a partner within a certain time frame or be transformed into the animal of their choice. If worst comes to worst Farrell decides he would like to live on as a lobster. Yes this one is not your usual romantic comedy.
Continue reading: Colin Farrell And Rachel Weisz Hit Cannes For 'The Lobster' Premiere
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The pair will also be producing the series which centres on a group of women and a murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.
Reese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.
True Detective season 2 is getting closer...
The first teaser trailer for True Detective season 2 has premiered online, with Colin Farrell taking center stage as the compromised detective Ray Velcoro. The first season of the show was a monster hit, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson turning in stellar performances to compliment Nic Pizzolatto's taut script.
Colin Farrell plays detective Ray Velcoro in True Detective season 2
Season two stars co-stars Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life's work. Rachel McAdams plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups.
Continue reading: 'True Detective' Season 2 Debuts Eerie, Slick Trailer
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for scenes in the second season for 'True Detective'.
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for the season finale of True Detective. According to sources, they have been hired for a graphic sex scene which will feature dozens of naked bodies. 24-year-old Amia Miley, a former porn actress from the US, has allegedly been hired along with Peta Jensen, also 24. Ironically, sources suggest they are amongst the few extras that are not completely naked for the scenes. It seems the women were not cast because of their experience in the porn industry but simply as extras.
Colin Farrell filming for True Detective in Los Angeles.
Continue reading: 'True Detective': Porn Stars Reportedly Cast For Season 2 Scenes
Over the course of one night in an Irish country estate in the 1880s, a man and a woman engage in an illicit romantic relationship. The problem is, that Julie (Jessica Chastain) is the daughter of an Irish Count, and Jean (Colin Farrell) is the valet of her father. Despite his well-read and well-travelled nature, Jean is still a servant, and cannot indulge in the love with his boss' daughter. Julie, however, knows that Jean must do as he commands, and begins a game of forcing him more and more into the romantic confrontation they are both denied.
Continue: Miss Julie - Trailer
Date of birth
31st May, 1976