Aidan Gillen played Stuart Alan Jones in the groundbreaking Channel 4 television series, Queer As Folk, and its sequel, for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Teach, in the Dublin Gate Theatre’s 2007 production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, the same year playing Richard Roma in the west end production of Glengarry Glen Ross. In 2004 having been spotted by producers playing Mick (TONY nominated performance) in the Broadway production of The Caretaker, Gillen joined the main cast of HBO’s acclaimed television series The Wire, portraying Tommy Carcetti for three seasons, for which he received an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television.
In 2011 Gillen joined the main cast of HBO’s award-winning series Game Of Thrones portraying Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, for which we received his second Irish Film and Television Award nomination. He starred with Jason Statham and David Morrissey, as cop killer Barry Weiss, in the British crime-thriller Blitz. Gillen played crime boss John Boy in the acclaimed Irish crime drama Love/Hate for which he received his third Irish Film and Television Award nomination and second win. That same year he won the best actor award at Milan Film Festival for his performance in Treacle Jr, also picking up a best actor nomination at the British Independent Film Awards.
He played the CIA agent in the opening of The Dark Knight Rises and starred with Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson in the British/Irish spy-drama Shadow Dancer. He also appeared in John Michael McDonagh’s film Calvary and in the American Independent film Under The Harvest Sky as well as the Sigur Ros Valtari Mystery film Ekki Mukk.
Recently completed projects include Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table, RTE mini series Charlie as the lead Charles J Haughey, BBC thriller May Day and the feature film Mazerunner: Scorch Trials. He also starred in Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, which premiered at the Berlin film festival as well as Simon Blakes debut feature Still.