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Biography of Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell is an Irish actor whose first wave of popularity came in the first half of the 2000s: Tigerland, Minority Report, The Recruit, Alexander, Daredevil, Miami Vice: Vice. In 2008, his participation in the film “Low Down in Bruges” was rated by Martin McDonagh’s “Golden Globe”. The work was warmly welcomed The main character of the second season of True Detective. He played the role of Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Colin James Farrell

Childhood and family

Colin Farrell was born into the family of professional football player Eamon Farrell, striker of the Irish club Shamrock Rovers, and became the fourth child in the family. The actor has a brother, whose name is the same as his father – Eamon, as well as sisters Katerina and Claudine. The latter works as a personal assistant to the famous brother.

Childhood photo of Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell wanted to become an actor at the age of 7, after he saw Steven Spielberg’s film “Alien”. The actor still recalls how he sobbed over the final scene, when the alien leaves his friend Elliott and returns to the ship. After that, he and his brother began to go to the Gaiety School of Performing Arts.

In St. Brigid’s National School Castleknock

In general, in his youth, Colin Farrell was distinguished by a rather obstinate disposition. The situation worsened when he turned 10 and the family moved to the suburbs of Dublin, the boring and sparsely populated town of Castlenock. There was nothing to do here, so while Colin’s peers were sitting at their desks, he staggered to bars with friends, and besides, he sometimes stole from shops. The only thing he was good at was football – for some time the guy even planned to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who, by the way, also played in Shamrock Rovers.

In his youth, Colin Farrell was still a rebel

On the eve of the final exams, 17-year-old Colin was expelled from school, despite outstanding success in football. He got into a fight with a teacher who caught a teenager sleeping during a lesson. After the incident, the young rebel made an unsuccessful attempt to become part of the Irish pop band Boyzone, after which he and his friends left for Australia for a year.

Colin Farrell sings in Russian (“The Way Home”)

Actor career

Upon returning to Dublin, Farrell, on the advice of his brother, again tried his hand at acting. As it turned out, the years could not erase his talent. In 1996, Colin made his screen debut in the drama The Disappearance of Finbar, but Farrell got such an insignificant role that his name didn’t even get into the credits. A year later, he starred in the short film Crude Oil, and in 1998 he got a small role in the TV series Ballykissangel, which told about the life of a priest.

Soon Colin began to earn a living by acting in commercials. In addition, the young man gained experience in the theater: Colin appeared several times on the stage of the London theater “Donmar Warehouse”. In one of the performances, he played the autistic teenager Richard; this role helped Colin get to know Kevin Spacey. The latter liked the performance of young Farrell, and he approved the actor for a supporting role in his film Common Criminal.

Young Colin Farrell in Common Criminal

The arrival of the new millennium was marked for Colin’s first notable appearance on the screen. He auditioned for Joel Schumacher’s anti-war film Tigerland. It’s about a training camp in Louisiana where recruits undergo brutal military training before flying to Vietnam. Farrell played Private Roland, a rebel and pacifist who decided to avoid landing at the epicenter of hostilities at all costs. Farrell’s role was highly acclaimed by the Boston and London Film Critics Circles (Best Actor and Best Debut).

The first notable role of Colin Farrell (“Tigerland”)

Two years later, Farrell again collaborated with Schumacher (the film “Phone Booth”). This time he had a chance to play the role of the deceitful impresario Stu, driven into a death trap for his sins.

“Phone Booth”: Colin Farrell as Star Agent Stu

At the very beginning of the 2000s, several significant works awaited the actor: bandit Jesse James in the western American Heroes, Lieutenant Tommy Hart in the military drama Hart’s War, where Colin shared the stage with Bruce Willis, who played the role of a colonel captured by the Nazis, and also a brilliant student programmer James Clayton from the spy thriller The Recruit with Al Pacino. By the way, at the beginning of the film, the audience was shown real childhood photos of Colin Farrell and his father from the actor’s family archive.

In addition, in 2002, he appeared in the thriller Minority Report by Steven Spielberg. This tape became the main film event of the year, collected $ 358 million at the worldwide box office. This was followed by a film adaptation of the Daredevil comic book with Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. In this tape, Farrell got the role of a psychopath named Bullseye, the antagonist of the superhero Daredevil. A charismatic game and a bright appearance (in 2003, People magazine even included Farrell in the rating of the 50 sexiest people on the planet) brought his villain the love of fans of the Marvel universe.

Daredevil: Colin Farrell as Bullseye

In 2004, the actor appeared in Oliver Stone’s big-budget Hollywood blockbuster Alexander. But despite the scope of the picture and the number of celebrities involved, including Angelina Jolie (Olympia), Val Kilmer (Philip), Jared Leto (Hephaestion) and Anthony Hopkins (Ptolemy), the picture barely recouped the $155 million spent on production. Moreover, the director was accused of distorting the image of Alexander the Great (in the film he was presented as bisexual), and Colin Farrell himself was nominated for the Golden Raspberry anti-award.

“Alexander”: Colin Farrell and Jared Leto showed real male friendship

In 2005, Colin played in the action movie Miami Vice. Department of Morals”, a kind of remake of the series of the 80s. He, along with Jamie Foxx, had to infiltrate the mafia network and block a major drug trafficking channel.

Shot from the thriller “Miami PD: Vice”

In 2007, the actor starred in Woody Allen’s drama “Cassandra’s Dream” by Woody Allen, the story of two brothers: “bad”, a reveler and a reveler, whom Farrell played, remembering his school days, and “good”, almost a saint (Ewan McGregor ).

Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor co-star in Cassandra’s Dream

Colin Farrell’s acting work in the arthouse film “Low Down in Bruges”, released the same year, was awarded the Golden Globe. He played the role of a young and inexperienced, and therefore made an unforgivable mistake, hired killer, who is being hunted by a more professional colleague.

Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe for “Low Down in Bruges”

After this work, the actor seemed to have laid low himself. During this period, a number of little-memorable works appeared in his filmography: Unbearable Bosses, Miss Julia, Save Mr. Banks, Fright Night … In 2012, he starred in the 1990 remake of Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was met with coolness (comparison with the original did not work in favor of the remake), but still returned Farrell to his former popularity. Immediately saw the light of day crime black comedy “Seven Psychopaths” and action movie “One Less”, of course, with Farrell in the title role.

In 2012, Farrell starred in the remake of Total Recall.

And soon the actor got a role in the second season of the cult series True Detective, which allowed Farrell to remind that he is an amazing dramatic actor, and not just another Hollywood handsome handsome man. His detective Ray Velcoro is a bribe-taker and lawless man who cooperates with the mafia and does not hesitate to use physical force to get what he wants. Alas, the second season was, according to critics, weaker than the first with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but still received favorable reviews in general.

Shot from the series “True Detective”

The participation of the actor in the absurdist film “Lobster” became curious. The action took place in the city, more precisely, in the Hotel – the people living in it must find their love in 45 days, otherwise they turn into animals. “Lobster” without exaggeration made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, winning in 3 out of 4 nominations: “Jury Prize”, “Queer Palm” and “Dog Palm”. But the victory in the main nomination (“Palme d’Or”) from “The Lobster” was taken away by the French drama “Dipan” about the assimilation of Sri Lankan refugees in the slums of Paris.

Colin Farrell in the movie The Lobster

In 2016, the first of at least five parts of a new series of films based on the Harry Potter universe saw the light of day. The blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave Colin Farrell the role of Percival Graves, an Auror and prominent official in the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic. The main role of the magical zoologist Newt was played by Briton Eddie Redmayne.

In 2016, Colin Farrell played in the new film based on the Harry Potter universe.

In 2018, the actor appeared in the thriller Widows in the role of dishonest politician Tom Mulligan, worked on the voice acting of the TV series The Legend of Cumbria, and together with Denzel Washington worked on the legal thriller Roman Israel, Esq.

Colin Farrell’s personal life

Contrary to the image of a macho heartthrob cultivated in the tabloids, Colin Farrell does not rush from skirt to skirt, although he cannot be called an exemplary family man either. Shortly after his first success in Tigerland, he married the aspiring actress Amelia Warner, who had not yet celebrated her 20th birthday.

Colin Farrell’s first wife was actress Amelia Warner

Less than a year later, they divorced, and in September 2002, Colin Farrell became a father for the first time, but the mother of his first child, son James, was not Amelia, but Canadian model Kim Bordneys. Shortly after birth, the boy developed serious health problems – a genetic anomaly, scientifically referred to as Angelman’s syndrome. Perhaps it was the mental retardation of the baby that served as the main reason for the imminent divorce of Colin and Kim.

Pictured: Colin Farrell and Kim Bordneys

At the end of 2005, the actor wished to go to a rehabilitation clinic to get rid of his addiction to drugs. According to the official version, Colin Farrell became addicted due to the huge amount of painkillers that he took from the back pain that haunted him.

Pharrell’s eldest son James (right) and younger Henry (left)

A year later, Farrell became the central figure of the scandal – his former lover, Playboy model Nicole Narain, posted on the Web his sex tape with his participation.

Former lover Farrell Nicole Narain “leaked” compromising evidence on the actor

In 2008, on the set of the melodrama Ondine, Farrell met Polish actress Alicia Bachleda, who gave him his second son, Henry Tadeusz Farrell. Alas, this relationship was short-lived.

Colin Farrell and Alicia Bachleda at the premiere of Ondine

The name of Colin Farrell’s current girlfriend is unknown – in May 2016, the paparazzi caught the actor during a kiss with a person who apparently had nothing to do with the world of show business, since even the most devoted fans of the actor could not identify her.

Colin Farrell’s current girlfriend’s name remains a mystery

Colin Farrell now

In 2019, Farrell appeared in the touching film Dumbo directed by Tim Burton. Also, the actor could be seen in the film “Gentlemen” by Guy Ricci. The cast of this picture has already half laid its success at the box office – Colin’s partners on the set were Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant.

Dumbo – Official Trailer

At the same time, Farrell was working on the film Artemis Fowl, which the audience saw already in 2024. The fantastic picture did not receive enthusiastic ratings from viewers and critics and passed unnoticed at the box office.

Farrell to play Penguin in new Batman

In 2024, Farrell is set to appear in the title role in the British mini-series Northern Waters and films After Young, Generation Voyager. Also scheduled for 2024 is the world premiere of The Batman, starring Colin and Robert Pattinson. The film was originally scheduled to release in 2024, but filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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