Oscar Wilde Awards Honoree

Dublin-born Brendan Gleeson, who this year earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his turn in Belgium-set thriller “In Bruges,” has come a long way since he quit the teaching profession and joined the Irish theater company Passion Machine to pursue his first love — acting.

Breaking onto the scene in John Boorman’s “The General” (1998), Gleeson has been on steady ascendance ever since. He has divided his time between homegrown projects (including Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later” and Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto”) and high-profile Hollywood gigs including “Mission: Impossible 2,” “Artificial Intelligence: AI,” “Gangs of New York” and “Cold Mountain.”

Upcoming completed projects are HBO movie “Into the Storm,” in which Gleeson plays Winston Churchill, and Paul Greengrass’ “Green Zone.” Later this year, Gleeson will be reprising the role of Prof. Moody in the seventh installment of the Harry Potter franchise.

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