Ciarán Hinds

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Date of Birth: February 9th 1953

Irish film, television, stage, and radio actor.

Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Raised a Catholic in North Belfast, he was one of five children and the only son of his physician father and schoolteacher/amateur actress mother. He was an Irish dancer in his youth and was educated at Holy Family Primary School and St. Malachy's College. After leaving St. Malachy's, he enrolled as a law student at Queen's University, but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen's to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Hinds made his feature film debut in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). His portfolio of film portrayals also includes Captain Frederick Wentworth in Jane Austen's Persuasion (1995), Jonathan Reiss in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), John Traynor in Veronica Guerin (2003), and Firmin in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Hinds also played Carl, a cover-up professional assisting a group of assassins, in Steven Spielberg's political thriller, Munich (2005). In 2006, he appeared in Michael Mann's film adaptation of the 80's television show, Miami Vice, and as Herod the Great in The Nativity Story. In the 2007 film Amazing Grace, Hinds portrays Sir Banastre Tarleton, one the chief opponents of abolition of the slave trade in parliament. He stars in Margot at the Wedding(Fall 2007) acting alongside Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh in a drama-comedy about family secrets and relationships. Also for late 2007 release, he appears in There Will Be Blood directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Other films include The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), December Bride (1990), Circle of Friends (1995), Some Mother's Son (1996), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Titanic Town (1998), The Weight of Water (2000), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Road to Perdition (2002), Calendar Girls (2003) and Mickybo and Me (2005).

Hinds' dramatic abilities have been put to use in audiobook and radio productions as well. He performed as Valmont in the BBC Radio production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Hinds also narrated the Penguin Audiobook Ivanhoe, and, in 2004, was given the Audie Award for "Best Audio Drama Performance", for his performance in the fully dramatized recordings of William Shakespeare's plays included in The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare.

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