Colin Farrell

Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor.

Date of birth

He was born on 31 May 1976.


Colin James Farrell was born in the Castleknock suburb of Dublin, the son of Rita (née Monaghan) and Eamon Farrell. His father played football for Shamrock Rovers FC and ran a health food shop. His uncle, Tommy Farrell, also played for Shamrock Rovers. He has an older brother named Eamon Jr. and two sisters named Claudine (who now works as his personal assistant) and Catherine. 


He was educated at St. Brigid's National School, followed by the exclusive all-boys private school Castleknock College, and then Gormanston College in County Meath. He unsuccessfully auditioned for the boy band Boyzone around this time. He was inspired to try acting when Henry Thomas' performance in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) moved him to tears. With his brother's encouragement, he attended the Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out when he was cast as Danny Byrne in the BBC drama Ballykissangel.

Love life

Farrell met English actress and singer Amelia Warner at the premiere of Quills in 2000. They dated from July to November 2001. There was unproven speculation that they married. Farrell said of the relationship that they were "too fast, too young". By 2003, he was linked to American singer Britney Spears, American model Nicole Narain, American model Josie Maran, and American actresses Angelina Jolie, Maeve Quinlan, and Demi Moore. He has a son named James Padraig (born in Los Angeles in 2003) with American model Kim Bordenave. From 2007 to 2008, Farrell dated Irish medical student Muireann McDonnell. Farrell and British-American writer Emma Forrest dated for over a year, an experience she discussed in depth in her memoir Your Voice in My Head (which mostly focused on her relationship with her therapist, who died unexpectedly). According to Forrest, she and Farrell planned to have a child together before he ended the relationship. In October 2009, Farrell fathered his second son, Henry Tadeusz, with Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś (his Ondine co-star). Their relationship ended in mid-2010.

Sex tape

In January 2006, Farrell filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend, American model Nicole Narain, and the Internet Commerce Group (ICG) for the unauthorised public distribution of a 13-minute sex tape they had made in 2003. He was offered $5 million for its rights. While ICG tried to release it, Narain said that she would work with Farrell to ensure that the tape remained private; Farrell said she tried to release it to damage his acting career and "make money out of it", which Narain denied. On 16 April 2006, they reached a confidential settlement; Farrell's lawsuit against ICG continued with a trial date of 21 July 2006, and was eventually settled amicably.

Drug addiction

In December 2005, Farrell checked into a rehabilitation centre for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers. He commented on the topic in an interview on Late Show with David Letterman after leaving rehab, and continued to do so in the years following. He said, "There was an energy that was created, a character that was created, that no doubt benefited me. And then there was a stage where it all began to crumble around me."

Net worth

Not yet established.


He first appeared in the BBC drama series Ballykissangel (1998), then made his film debut in the drama film The War Zone (1999), and was discovered by Hollywood upon taking the lead role in the war drama film Tigerland (2000).

He then played the outlaw Jesse James in the Western film American Outlaws (2001) before starring in the thriller films Phone Booth (2003) S.W.A.T. (2003), and The Recruit (2003), establishing his international box office appeal.

During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in the superhero film Daredevil (2003).

After starring in the independent films Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004), Farrell played Alexander the Great in the biopic Alexander (2004) and starred in the historical romantic drama film The New World (2005).

He followed these with roles in Miami Vice (2006), Ask the Dust (2006), and Cassandra's Dream (2007), underscoring his popularity; his role in the comedy film In Bruges (2008) earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

He starred in the black comedy film Horrible Bosses (2011), for which he received critical praise, along with the comedy-horror film Fright Night (2011), the sci-fi action film Total Recall (2012), and the black comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths (2012).

Farrell starred in the action film Dead Man Down (2013) and the quasi-biopic Saving Mr. Banks (2013), in which he played the father of P.L. Travers.

He starred as Peter Lake in the supernatural fable Winter's Tale (2014), an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, and played Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of HBO's True Detective (2015).

He also starred in the film The Lobster (2015), for which he was nominated for his second Golden Globe. He played Percival Graves in the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

In 2020, he was listed at No. 5 on The Irish Times' list of Ireland's greatest film actors. The following year, in 2021, he starred as Henry Drax in The North Watrer mini-series.

He has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin in The Batman, which is set for a 2022 release.

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Colin Farrell
First Name Colin
Surname Farrell
Born 31st May, 1976
Home City Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland
Current City