Who is Harry Potter and Star Wars Actor Domhnall Gleeson?
Before he entered an alternate reality in Star Wars, or the magical realm of Harry Potter, Domhnall Gleeson (age: 34, height: 6’ 1”) was working hard to become one of Hollywood’s most talked about actors. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983 to Mary and Brendan Gleeson. Brendan Gleeson (age: 62, height: 6’ 2”) is a famous actor himself, beloved by many as Mad-Eye Moody in the Harry Potter series of films. One might say that Domhnall followed in his father’s footsteps. Gleeson studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. The Star Wars actor was originally interested in directing and producing, and only later did he discover his talent and love for acting. Gleeson would go on to act in local theater plays, larger productions, and eventually move on to feature films. In 2004, Gleeson starred alongside his father in Martin McDonagh’s Six Shooter, which went on to win an Oscar for Best Live-Action Short. This led the way to his bright future and played a large role in getting him cast in the very popular Harry Potter films.
Domhnall Gleeson in the Harry Potter Films
The Harry Potter series, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s series of novels, began in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was instantly loved by audiences and critics alike and would eventually become one of the highest grossing film series of all time. Domhnall Gleeson didn’t join the series until the second to last installment: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (2010). He was cast as Bill Weasley, older brother of Ronald Weasley. Gleeson remains in through the end of the series and aids Harry Potter in his quest to defeat Lord Voldemort.
Domhnall’s father, Brendan Gleeson, also appears in the Harry Potter series, although the pair has no scenes together. Brendan plays Mad-Eye Moody, a grumpy and gruff Dark Wizard hunter who first appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Gleeson’s Rising Fame
Following his role as Bill Weasley, Gleeson began appearing in a long list of films that would eventually gain him entry into the Star Wars series. In 2012 he appeared alongside Karl Urban in Dredd. He then went on to be the lead character, Tim, in Richard Curtis’s highly regarded film, About Time. Gleeson appeared later in Ex Machina (2014) and Brooklyn (2015). Both of these films were nominated for a slew of Oscars, Ex Machina eventually winning for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
Star Wars: General Hux
Following the success of many of his films, Domhnall Gleeson was chosen to play General Armitage Hux in the 7th installment of the Star Wars Saga: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Gleeson’s role is perhaps his most fierce and well-acted to date. General Hux serves as an officer of the First Order. He is known to be a very strict leader and strives to instill a sense of obedience in his subordinates. Gleeson’s role as General Hux will continue in the next Star Wars installment: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to come out on Friday, December 15th of this year. This will be the 8th film in the Star Wars series, not including the numerous spin-off’s that have spawned from the series, including last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is set to come out sometime next year.
5 Facts to Know About Star Wars Star Domhnall Gleeson
1) Featured With Gigi Hadid in Vogue in Fall of 2016
Domhnall Gleeson with Gigi Hadid
Gleeson has a continuing relationship with Vogue and was featured alongside Gigi Hadid in the fall of 2016. His sense of style and his romantic nature make for a haunting and magnificent photo shoot. This shoot increased Gleeson’s popularity, especially on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter.
2) Girlfriend Rumors
As with any Hollywood star, rumors of Gleeson’s dating life have been circulated around the Instagram, Twitter, and the media for years. Most recently, however, rumor has it that his girlfriend is television producer Juliette Bonass, as the two have been photographed together many times over the last year.
3) Name Constantly Mispronounced
Having the name Domhnall has given Gleeson a lot of trouble throughout his acting career. It has been pronounced everywhere from Dom-in-hall to Dum-nail. The correct way to pronounce it is, in fact, doe-null.
4) Nominated for a Tony
Gleeson isn’t just a film star. In fact, he received a Tony nomination for starring in the Lieutenant of Inishmore, written by Martin McDonagh. His character’s name was Davey.
5) Set to Star in Many Upcoming Films
After the success of the Star Wars and Harry Potter series, it comes as no surprise that Gleeson is in high demand. He is set to star in many upcoming films including Psychic, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, and Peter Rabbit. Peter Rabbit also stars his About Time co-star, Margot Robbie and Star Wars co-star, Daisy Ridley. And we can be sure to see Gleeson starring in many more films in the future.