Ciarán Hinds (/ˈkɪərɔːn ˈhndz/ KEER-awn HYNDZ; born 9 February 1953) is an Irish[2][3] film, television and stage actor. He has built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Sum of All Fears, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Frozen.

His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, Bud Hammond in Political Animals and Mance Rayder in the Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones. As a stage actor, Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens' Theatre,[4][5] and he has continued to work on stage throughout his career.

Early life

Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Brought up as a Catholic[2] in North Belfast, he was one of five children and the only son of his doctor father and schoolteacher mother, Moira. His mother was also an amateur actress. 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, Belfast (QUB), but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen's to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).[6][8][9][10]


Hinds began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in a production of Cinderella (1976). He remained a frequent performer at the Citizens' Theatre during the late 1970s and through the mid-1980s. During this same period, Hinds also performed on stage in Ireland with the Abbey Theatre, the Field Day Theatre Company, the Druid Theatre, the Lyric Players' Theatre and at the Project Arts Centre. In 1987, he was cast by Peter Brook in The Mahabharata, a six-hour theatre piece that toured the world, and he also featured in its 1989 film version. Hinds almost missed the casting call in Paris due to difficulties renewing his Irish passport. In the early 1990s, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He appeared in the title role of the RSC's production of Richard III (1993), directed by Sam Mendes; Mendes turned to Hinds as a last minute replacement for an injured Simon Russell Beale. Hinds gained his most popular recognition as a stage actor for his performance as Larry in the London and Broadway productions of Patrick Marber's Tony Award-nominated play Closer. In 1999, Hinds was awarded both the Theatre World Award for Best Debut in New York and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Special Achievement (Best Ensemble Cast Performance) for his work in Closer. He was on stage in 2001 in The Yalta Game by Brian Friel at Dublin's Gate Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, which ran at the Booth Theatre from December 2007 through March 2008. In February 2009 Hinds took the leading role of General Sergei Kotov in Burnt by the Sun by Peter Flannery at London's National Theatre.[11] Hinds returned to the stage later in 2009 with a role in Conor McPherson's play The Birds, which opened at Dublin's Gate Theatre in September 2009.

Hinds made his feature film debut in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). He played 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.[12] In the film Amazing Grace (2006), Hinds portrayed Sir Banastre Tarleton, one of the chief opponents of abolition of the slave trade in Parliament. He starred in Margot at the Wedding, alongside Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh, in a comedy-drama about family secrets and relationships. He also appeared in There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

On television, Hinds portrayed Gaius Julius Caesar in the first season of BBC/HBO's series, Rome (2006). He has also been featured in a number of made-for-television films, including the role of Michael Henchard in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge (2004), for which he received the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Additional television performances include Edward Parker-Jones in the crime drama series Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Abel Mason in Dame Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried (1993), Jim Browner in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes episode The Cardboard Box (1994), Fyodor Glazunov in the science fiction miniseries Cold Lazarus (1996), Edward Rochester in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1997), the Knight Templar Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1997) and a portrayal of the French existentialist Albert Camus in Broken Morning (2003).

Hinds was featured in two notable television docudramas: Granada Television's docudrama Who Bombed Birmingham? (1990) in which Hinds portrayed Richard McIlkenny, a Belfastman falsely imprisoned for an IRA bombing; and HBO's docudrama Hostages (1993), where he portrayed Irish writer and former hostage Brian Keenan. Hinds starred opposite Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion, a TV adaptation of Lynda La Plante's detective story, which was broadcast in the United Kingdom in January 2009; he came back again as DCI Langton for Lynda La Plante's sequels The Red Dahlia (2010), Deadly Intent (2011) and Silent Scream (2012). Hinds has performed 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. He also performed in Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter's Tale as part of The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, an audio production of Shakespeare's plays which won the 2004 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama. He read the short story "A Painful Case" for the Caedmon Audio version of James Joyce's Dubliners.

Hinds played the role of Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter series. Also in 2011, he appeared as David Peretz in the 1997 sections of The Debt alongside Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. Hinds played Roy Bland in the adaptation of the John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011).

In September 2011, Hinds returned to the Abbey Theatre Dublin, to star as Captain Jack Boyle in an acclaimed revival of Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, alongside Sinéad Cusack as Juno. The production transferred to the National Theatre of Great Britain in November 2011 for a three-month run. He played "Joe" in the film The Shore (2011), written and directed by Terry George. The Shore won the Best Short Film, Live Action category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) in 2012.

In 2013, he was cast as the wildling leader Mance Rayder in Season 3 of the HBO television series Game of Thrones.[13] He reprised this role in Season 4, and reprised it once more in Season 5.[14] On Broadway at The Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, he was Big Daddy to Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opened 17 January 2013,[15][16][17] previews from 18 December 2012.

In the summer of 2013, he performed at the Donmar Warehouse in London in the premiere production of The Night Alive, a play by Conor McPherson, which transferred in November 2013, with Hinds in the lead role, to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.

In 2015, he was in the Shakespearean play Hamlet alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. He played Hamlet's uncle, King Claudius. The play was held at the London Barbican.

In 2016, he appeared as Deputy Governor Danforth in the Broadway production of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible alongside Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw.[18]

Personal life

Hinds lives in Paris with Hélène Patarot. They met in 1987 while in the cast of Peter Brook's production of The Mahabharata and have a daughter, Aoife, born in 1991.[19]

Hinds is a friend of Liam Neeson and served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Neeson's wife, actress Natasha Richardson, in upstate New York in 2009.[3]


Hinds is a Patron of the charity YouthAction Northern Ireland.[3] YouthAction's Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts is a youth arts project with a range of workshops and classes.



1981ExcaliburKing LotCredited as Ciaran Hinds
1989Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, TheThe Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her LoverCory 
1991December BrideFrank Echlin 
1993The Man Who CriedAbel Mason 
1995PersuasionCaptain Frederick Wentworth 
1995Circle of FriendsProfessor Flynn 
1996Mary ReillySir Danvers CarewCredited as Ciaran Hinds
1996Some Mother's SonDanny Boyle 
1997Life of Stuff, TheThe Life of StuffDavid Arbogast 
1997Jane EyreEdward Fairfax Rochester 
1997Oscar and LucindaRev. Dennis HassetCredited as Ciaran Hinds
1998Titanic TownAidan McPhelimy 
1999Lost Son, TheThe Lost SonCarlos 
1999The Lost LoverAdam 
2000Jason and the ArgonautsKing Aeson 
2000Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of WaterLouis Wagner 
2002Sum of All Fears, TheThe Sum of All FearsPresident Alexander Nemerov 
2002Road to PerditionFinn McGovern 
2003Miss Pettigrew Lives for a DayJoe Blomfield 
2003Veronica GuerinJohn Traynor 
2003Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of LifeJonathan Reiss 
2003Calendar GirlsRod 
2003Statement, TheThe StatementPochon 
2004Mickybo & MeJonjo's Da 
2004Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the OperaRichard Firmin 
2006Miami ViceFBI Agent John Fujima 
2006Amazing GraceLord Tarleton 
2006Tiger's Tail, TheThe Tiger's TailFather Andy 
2006Nativity Story, TheThe Nativity StoryKing Herod 
2007Hallam FoeJulius Foe 
2007Margot at the WeddingDick Koosman 
2007There Will Be BloodFletcher 
2008In BrugesThe PriestUncredited
2008Miss Pettigrew Lives for a DayJoe Blomfield 
2008Stop-LossRoy King 
2008Tale of Despereaux, TheThe Tale of DespereauxBotticelliVoice role
2009Race to Witch MountainHenry Burke 
2009Eclipse, TheThe EclipseMichael FarrBest Actor Award 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
2009Life During WartimeBill Maplewood 
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Aberforth Dumbledorereplaced Jim McManus, who portrayed the role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2011Debt, TheThe DebtDavid Peretz 
2011Rite, TheThe RiteFather Xavier 
2011Salvation BoulevardJim Hunt 
2011Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyRoy Bland 
2011Shore, TheThe ShoreJoe 
2012Woman in Black, TheThe Woman in BlackSam Daily 
2012Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceRoarke/Mephistopheles (a guise of The Devil)Took over the role from Peter Fonda
2012John CarterTardos Mors 
2013Closed CircuitDevlin 
2013The SeaMax Morden 
2013The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbySpencer Ludlow 
2013FrozenTroll KingVoice role
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanWaitlerVoice role
2015Last Days in the DesertFather 
2015Hitman: Agent 47Dr. Litvenko 
2015The Driftless AreaNed 
2015Bleed for ThisAngelo PazienzaPost-production
2016SilenceFather ValignanoPost-production
2017Woman Walks Ahead Filming


1981Our BoysBrother 
1989The MahabharataAshwattaman 
1990Who Bombed Birmingham?Richard McIlkenny 
1990The Play on OneMartin PittEpisode 16, Yellowbacks
1992Perfect ScoundrelsJack VosperSeason 3, episode 6, The Good-Bye Look
1992Between the LinesDet. Insp. Micky FlynnSeason 1, episode 1, Private Enterprise
1993HostagesBrian Keenan 
1993The Man Who CriedAbel Mason 
1993Prime Suspect 3Edward Parker-Jones 
1993Soldier, SoldierClive HickeySeason 3, episode 7, Trouble and Strife
1994The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesJim BrownerSeason 1, episode 6, The Cardboard Box
1994A Dark-Adapted EyePaolo 
1994SeaforthJohn StaceyTV series
1995Rules of EngagementCambell Ferguson 
1995The AffairEdward Leyland 
1995PersuasionCaptain Frederick Wentworth 
1996Testament: The Bible in AnimationLucifer / SatanEpisode: Creation and the Flood Voice only
1996Tales from The CryptJack LynchSeason 7, episode 11, Confession
1996Cold LazarusFyodor 
1997Jane EyreEdward Rochester 
1997IvanhoeBrian de Bois-Guilbert 
1998Getting HurtCharlie Cross 
2000Jason and the ArgonautsKing Aeson 
2000The SleeperFergus Moon 
2000Thursday the 12thMarius Bannister 
2003Broken MorningAlbert Camus 
2004The Mayor of CasterbridgeMichael HenchardCredited as Ciaran Hinds
2005RomeGaius Julius Caesar 
2009Above SuspicionDCI James Langton 
2010Above Suspicion: The Red DahliaDCI James Langton 
2011Above Suspicion: Deadly IntentDCS James Langton 
2011The ShoreJim Mahon 
2012Above Suspicion: Silent ScreamDCS James Langton 
2012Political AnimalsBud Hammond 
2013–2015Game of ThronesMance Rayder5 episodes
2016ShetlandMichael MaguireSeries 3 (6 episodes)


Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company

1983 (autumn)

Other theatre

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

  • Anton Chekhov The Seagull Peter Watson Konstantin (Kostya)
  • Anonymous Arden of Faversham Geoff Bullen Black Will
  • John Wilson Hamp Euan Smith Prosecutive Officer
  • Caryl Churchill Objections to Sex and Violence Arrogant pseudo-intellectual

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

  • Brian Clark Whose Life is it Anyway? Tony Dinner Philip Hill (the solicitor)
  • Mary O'Malley Once a Catholic Michael Poynor Derek (a Teddy Boy)
  • Jennifer Johnston Indian Summer Robert Cooper Cathal Dillon

Project Arts Centre, Dublin


Greenwich Theatre, London

  • John Webster The White Devil Philip Prowse Lodovico
  • William Congreve Way of the World Giles Havergal Fainall
  • Anton Chekhov The Seagull Philip Prowse Trigorin
  • Thomas Otway The Orphan Philip Prowse Castalio

Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Tirso de Molina/Nick Dear The Last Days of Don Juan Danny Boyle Don Pedro Tenorio
  • Christopher Marlowe Edward II Gerard Murphy Roger Mortimer
  • Richard Nelson Two Shakespearean Actors Roger Michell Dion Boucicault
  • William Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida Sam Mendes Achilles

Abbey/Peacock Theatres, Dublin

  • J. Graham Reid The Death of Humpty Dumpty Patrick Mason Doctor
  • Peter Sheridan Dialann Ocrais/Diary of a Hunger Strike Peter Sheridan O'Connor
  • William Butler Yeats Cuchulain Cycle James W. Flannery Cuchulain

Royal National Theatre, London

  • Sophie Treadwell Machinal Stephen Daldry The Young Man


  • Anton Chekhov/Thomas Kilroy The Seagull Patrick Mason Konstantin Grand Opera House, Belfast
  • James Ellis/W.B. Yeats On Baile's Strand Christopher Fitz-Simon Cuchulain Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
  • Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot Ben Barnes Estragon Belltable Arts Centre
  • Liz Lochhead Blood and Ice Kenny Ireland Byron/the Monster Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh
  • Tom Paulin The Riot Act (Antigone) Stephen Rea Chorus Leader Field Day Touring Company, Derry
  • Derek Mahon High Time (School for Husbands) Wolk and Long High Tech Field Day Touring Company
  • John Ford Tis Pity She's a Whore Garry Hynes Giovanni Druid Theatre Company, Galway
  • Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Garry Hynes John Worthing Druid Theatre Company
  • Shane Connaughton I Do Like To Be Jeff Teare David The Irish Company
  • Frank McGuinness Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme Michael Attenborough George Anderson Hampstead Theatre, London
  • Adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière Mahabharata Peter Brook Ashwattaman/Nakula World Tour
  • Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman Assassins Sam Mendes Samuel Byck Donmar Warehouse, London
  • Sam Sheppard Simpatico James MacDonald Vinnie Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Patrick Marber Closer (Broadway production) Patrick Marber Larry Music Box Theatre, New York
  • Chekhov/Brian Friel The Yalta Game Karel Reisz Gurov Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • Conor McPherson The Seafarer Conor McPherson Mr Lockhart Booth Theatre, New York
  • Conor McPherson The Birds Conor McPherson Nat Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • Conor McPherson The Night Alive Conor McPherson Tommy Donmar Warehouse, London and Atlantic Theater Company, New York
  • William Shakespeare Hamlet William Shakespeare Claudius Barbican Centre, London
  • Arthur Miller The Crucible Deputy Governor Danforth Walter Kerr Theatre, New York