Birth Date: February 9, 1953 / Age: 63
Birth Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Also Credited as: Ciarin Hinds
Biography: Ciarán Hinds (born February 9, 1953) is a well-respected Belfast, Northern Ireland-born actor whose work spans theatre, radio, television, and film. He is the youngest of five and the only son of a Catholic physician and an amateur actress. Though once enrolled as a law student at Queen's University, he was persuaded to pursue acting and studied at the esteemed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), thus embarking on what has become a notable career.
Hinds has been involved with many theatre productions, as a member of the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, but gained an even greater degree of notoriety and acclaim from theatre audiences who, in 1998 and 1999, saw his performances as Larry in both 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 NYC and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Special Achievement, Best Ensemble Cast Performance, for his work in Closer.
Hinds' portfolio of film portrayals includes Firmin in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Jonathan Reiss in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, John Traynor in Veronica Guerin, and Captain Frederick Wentworth in Jane Austen's Persuasion. Other films include Mickybo and Me (2005), Calendar Girls (2003), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Weight of Water (2000), Titanic Town (1998), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), and December Bride (1990).
Hinds portrays Gaius Julius Caesar in HBO's mini-series, Rome,. In addition, he is currently working as a cast member in Steven Spielberg's upcoming controversial film, Munich, to be released in December 2005. He will also appear in Michael Mann's film adaptation of the 80's television show, Miami Vice, scheduled to be in theatres in Summer 2006.
In 2004, Hinds was deemed the "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series" by the Irish Film and Television Awards, for his nuanced portrayal of Michael Henchard in the television film production of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge. In 2003, he inhabited the role of the French Existentialist author and philosopher, Albert Camus, in the made-for-TV film Broken Morning. Additional notable performances include Hinds' portrayals of the Irish writer and former hostage Brian Keenan in HBO's television docudrama Hostages and several fictional characters including Edward Rochester in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, the Knight Templar Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, Edward Parker-Jones in the crime drama series Prime Suspect 3, and Abel Mason in the late Dame Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried.
Hinds' dramatic abilities have been put to great use in audiobook and radio productions as well. Unforgettable as Valmont in the BBC Radio production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Hinds also narrated the Penguin Audiobook Ivanhoe, and, in 2004, was given the Audie Award for "Best Audio Drama Performance", for his performance in the fully dramatized recordings of William Shakespeare's plays included in The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare.
He lives with his partner, and their daughter, Aoife (an Irish variant of Eve).