Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds


Life Story

Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciaran follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his decision to become an actor. Though he did enroll in Law at Queens' University of Belfast, he left that in order to train in acting at RADA. He began his stage career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre as a pantomime horse in the production of "Cinderella". Staying with the company for several years, he starred in a number of productions, including playing the lead roles in "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Faust". His stage career has included working with The Field Day Company and a number of world tours. He has starred in a number of productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including a world tour in the title role of "Richard III". Hinds' film career began in 1981 in the movie Excalibur (1981), which boasted a cast rich in talented actors including Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart. In-between his movie work, he's amassed a large number of television credits. Playing such classic characters as "Mr. Rochester" in Jane Eyre (1997), and "Captain Wentworth" in Screen Two: Persuasion (1995) has increased his popularity and most definitely given him much increased recognition. As for his personal life, you won't be likely to see his name in the weekly tabloids. He likes to keep his private life private. It is known that he is in a long-term, committed relationship with a French-Vietnamese actress named Hélène Patarot and they have a daughter together and live in Paris. He is in very high demand and his reputation as a quality, professional actor is sure to keep him busy for as long as he chooses.


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Daughter's name is Aoife (pronounced 'Ee-fa,' Irish variant of Eve).
Is a close friend of Liam Neeson.
His name is pronounced "Keeran.".
Has played a Mossad agent in two movies - Munich (2005) and The Debt (2011).
Filming in Bruges, Belgium [February 2007]
Starting rehearsals this month for 'Burnt By Sun' at the National Theatre (London). [January 2009]
Starring on Broadway in 'The Seafarer' through March of 2008. [December 2007]
New York, NY: Appearing as Big Daddy opposite Scarlett Johansson's Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. [January 2013]
Is one of few actors to appear in two non-related films that both earned 1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, due to his appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Frozen (2013).

Personal Quotes 

I don't use the word 'artists' lightly.
I do believe as human beings we are a great mass of contradictions.
I come from theatre and I always go back every couple of years.
Grief is exhausting.
Casting is very, very important.
It's so tough to get movies made in Ireland anymore. A whole generation of Irish filmmakers doesn't have the resources to get a movie made.
I'm not a comic person at all.
I never saw myself as being a cop on TV.
I know I don't go looking for directors.
I float from one project to another project, so you miss people and you don't see them for years.
You get to an age when you lose people close to you.
We've seen a lot of dirty politics in Ireland.
Sometimes, there's not an honest engagement of Ireland in Hollywood movies.
No nation can claim, 'We are an uncorrupt nation, therefore we will tell you what the morals of democracy are.'
My soul is still Irish.
You know, Christianity has its own superstition anyway: Why you turn three times, what this saint means, why you pray to the patron saint of lost causes, why you go this way or that way.


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