Colin Farrell Biography


Birthday: May 31, 1976 (Gemini)

Born In: Castleknock, Ireland

Colin Farrell is an Irish actor, best known for appearing in films, such as ‘Tigerland,’ ‘The Recruit,’ and ‘Minority Report.’ This Dubliner has delivered several award-winning performances, working alongside some of the best directors and co-stars. Born and brought up in Dublin, Farrell was inspired to take up acting after watching Spielberg’s film ‘E.T.’ It was on his brother’s insistence that he joined a drama school and began learning the nuances of acting. However, he was given an opportunity to appear on television even before he could finish his course. After appearing in a few television series and films, he got noticed and went on to carve his niche as an actor. With his rapid rise to stardom, came a rambunctious lifestyle - heavy smoking, drinking, and partying. Farrell often found himself in the midst of fights and brawls. Subsequently, he became controversy's favorite child and often made headlines for issues related to drug abuse, rehab, and leaked tapes of intimate moments with co-stars. However, Farrell took it all in his stride and started focusing on delivering good performances on screen. He has lent his support to many charitable causes as well.

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Also Known As: Colin James Farrell

Age: 47 Years, 47 Year Old Males


father: Eamon Farrell

mother: Rita Farrell

siblings: Catherine Farrell, Claudine Farrell, Eamonn Farrell

children: Henry Tadeusz Farrell, James Padraig Farrell

Partner: Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, Amelia Warner, Kim Bordenave

Born Country: Ireland

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Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Notable Alumni: Gormanston College, Gaiety School Of Acting

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education: Gaiety School Of Acting, Gormanston College

Childhood & Early Life

Colin Farrell was born on 31 May 1976, in Dublin, Ireland, to Rita and Eamon Farrell. His father ran a health food shop and was also a football player, who played for ‘Shamrock Rovers F.C.’

He has an older brother, Eamon Jr., and two sisters, Claudine and Catherine. His older sister Claudine went on to become his personal assistant after he became an actor.

He began his schooling at ‘St. Brigid’s National School’ and completed secondary schooling at ‘Castleknock College.’ He then went to ‘Gormanston College,’ a co-educational, Catholic school, located at Gormanston Castle in Dublin.

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He was inspired to choose acting as a career after watching the sci-fi film ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.’ His brother encouraged him to join the ‘Gaiety School of Acting’ from where he dropped out when he was chosen to act in ‘Ballykissangel,’ a ‘BBC’ television drama.

His debut feature film was ‘The War Zone.’ Thereafter, he acted in a movie called ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal.’ In the year 2000, he acted in the movie ‘Tigerland,’ after which his career graph spiraled northwards.

Farrell’s next venture was ‘American Outlaws’ (2001), in which he played the role of an outlaw by the name ‘Jesse James.’ Unfortunately, the film did not perform well at the box office. His next film ‘Hart’s War’ (2002), where he appeared alongside Bruce Willis, was also a flop at the box office.

Colin Farrell’s big breakthrough came in 2002 when he got an opportunity to act in director Steven Spielberg’s film, ‘Minority Report.’ His role as a young member of the justice department became popular and earned him critical acclaim.

His film ‘Phone Booth,’ a thriller directed by Joel Schumacher, was also a hit at the box office. He played the role of a victim harassed by an unseen killer, who is bent upon revealing his sins to everyone.

The year 2003 was an important one for Farrell, as he received opportunities to work with prominent actors and directors. ‘The Recruit,’ ‘Daredevil,’ and ‘S.W.A.T’ were movies that did really well and catapulted Farrell to fame.

In 2003, he also acted in the Irish film ‘Intermission’ which was a black comedy. He acted in another Irish film titled ‘Veronica Guerin,’ which was directed by Joel Schumacher.

The year 2004 saw him playing the title role in the epic film ‘Alexander,’ which was directed by Oliver Stone. His performance in the film did not receive appreciation from the critics.

In 2005, he acted in yet another historical film titled ‘The New World,’ where he played explorer ‘John Smith,’ alongside Christopher Plummer and Christian Bale. Though the film did not do very well at the box office, it was acclaimed by the critics for its stunning cinematography.

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During the next two years, he acted in several films, such as ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Ask the Dust,’ and ‘Cassandra Dreams.’ Though ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Ask the Dust’ did not receive accolades, Woody Allen’s ‘Cassandra Dreams’ got mixed reviews from the critics.

‘In Bruges,’ which was released in 2008, was a great success and was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe’ award. The same year, he also acted in a crime film titled ‘Pride and Glory.’ However, it was not as successful as ‘In Bruges.’

In 2009, he played the role of a street singer in the film ‘Crazy Heart.’ He even tried his hand at singing and recorded a few songs for this film.

The next two years saw him playing important roles opposite actors like Keira Knightley in ‘London Boulevard,’ and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy film ‘Horrible Bosses.’ Farrell was given credit for his performances in both films but received some negative reviews as well.

In 2012, he appeared alongside Kate Beckinsale in the remake of ‘Total Recall,’ a sci-fi film about a sleeper agent. His acting was compared with that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had played the lead in the original. Farrell’s performance was considered to be better than that of Schwarzenegger’s.

In the same year, he appeared as creative writer ‘Marty’ in the black comedy film ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ which was directed by Martin McDonagh. His portrayal of ‘Marty’ in the film was highly appreciated.

He voiced a character in the 2013 animated film ‘Epic.’ From 2013 to 2019, he was cast in many movies like ‘Dead Man Down,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Winter's Tale,’ ‘Solace,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Widows,’ and ‘Dumbo.’

In 2020, he portrayed ‘Artemis Fowl I’ in the sci-fi action film ‘Artemis Fowl’ directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film was panned by critics and received an 8% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, he was also seen in the American action thriller film ‘Ava’ which also received negative reviews from critics.

He next starred in films like ‘Voyagers,’ ‘After Yang,’ ‘The Batman,’ and ‘Thirteen Lives.’ In 2023, he played the role of ‘Pádraic Súilleabháin’ in the black tragicomedy film ‘The Banshees of Inisherin.’ The film, written, directed, and co-produced by Martin McDonagh, was a major critical and commercial success.

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Although initially criticized for leading a hell-raising lifestyle, Colin Farrell is respected for his talent and versatility. His addiction to recreational drugs and painkillers is well-known and has undergone rehab treatment for the same.

Major Works

His film ‘Tigerland,’ directed by John Schumacher and released in 2000, is about recruits who undergo infantry training in Louisiana before leaving for Vietnam to fight in the war. Though the film was not a box office hit, it catapulted Farrell to fame and fetched him the ‘London Film Critics Circle Award’ for ‘Best Newcomer of the Year.’

In Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander,’ he starred alongside famous actors like Christopher Plummer, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, and Angelina Jolie. Though the film did not do well at the American box office, it fared better internationally.

Awards & Achievements

Colin Farrell won the ‘Golden Globe’ for ‘Best Actor’ for his performance in the black comedy film ‘In Bruges,’ which was written and directed by Martin McDonagh. Farrell and Brendan Gleeson took on the roles of two Irish hitmen who go into hiding in the city of Bruges.

Farrell acted as an Irish fisherman in the film ‘Ondine,’ a 2009 romantic drama directed by Neil Jordan. He received the award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ at the ‘Irish Film and Television Awards.’ He also received the ‘San Diego Film Critics Society Award’ for his work.

Personal Life & Legacy

Colin Farrell’s colorful lifestyle and penchant for dating several women earned him the title ‘lothario’ in Hollywood. He dated English actor Amelia Warner. Though there were speculations that they were married, he declared that it was not a legal ceremony.

He then dated British writer Emma Forrest – a relationship which went on for almost a year. He was also linked to singer Britney Spears and actors Angelina Jolie and Demi Moore among many others.

He has a son named James Farrell, who was born in 2003 from his relationship with American model Kim Bordenave. James suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Farrell has another son named Henry Farrell, who was born from his relationship with his ‘Ondine’ co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.


This talented actor took up the roles originally meant for actor Heath Ledger on two occasions. The first was the lead role in the film ‘Alexander’ and the second role was in the film ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.’

This flamboyant actor was named one of the ‘50 most beautiful people’ by ‘People’ magazine in the year 2003. He was also ranked sixth under the ‘world’s sexiest man’ category by ‘Company’ magazine the same year.

Colin Farrell Movies

1. In Bruges (2008)

  (Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Crime)

2. Minority Report (2002)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi)

3. The Gentlemen (2020)

  (Action, Crime)

4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

  (Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller)

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

  (Adventure, Family, Fantasy)

6. Phone Booth (2002)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action, Mystery)

7. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

  (Comedy, Drama, Biography, Music, Family)

8. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

  (Comedy, Crime)

9. The Way Back (2010)

  (Drama, History, Adventure)

10. Crazy Heart (2009)

  (Music, Romance, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
2009 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical In Bruges (2008)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2003 Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer Winner

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