Date of Birth: November 2nd 1959
Scottish actor and film maker who has been appearing in films since 1990.
At University, Mullan began acting, and continued stage acting after graduation. He had roles in several Scottish films, including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Braveheart, and a supporting role in Ken Loach's Riff-Raff. He also began to work as a writer and director, producing the short films Close, Good Day for the Bad Guys, and Fridge. His first full-length film Orphans won an award at the Venice Film Festival.
Mullan's appearance in Loach's 1998 film My Name Is Joe, portraying a recovering alcoholic wrestling with his demons, won him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He appeared in the lead role in Brad Anderson's 2001 psychological/supernatural thriller Session 9. In 2002 he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters, based on life in an Irish Magdalene Asylum. For that movie Mullan won a Golden Lion award from the Venice Film Festival.
In 2004, he starred in On a Clear Day and Criminal. In 2006 he had a small but critical role in Children of Men, a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón. In 2007, he played a prominent role in the Channel 4 adaptation of Boy A, and will star as James Connolly in the upcoming movie Connolly.
He currently co-stars in the Red Riding Trilogy and the second series of ITV crime drama The Fixer.