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Paddy Considine

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Paddy Considine
Paddy Considine at the "Tyrannosaur" Q&A at the Quad in Derby (6202793361).jpg
Considine in 2011 at the "Tyrannosaur" Q&A at the Quad in Derby
Patrick George Considine

(1973-09-05) 5 September 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceBurton upon Trent, England
Alma materUniversity of Brighton
  • Actor
  • film director
  • screenwriter
  • musician
Years active1999–present
Shelley Insley (m. 1991)
AwardsBritish Independent Film Award
Empire Award
Evening Standard British Film Award
Empire Award
Silver Lion

Patrick George "Paddy" Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, filmmaker and musician. He has starred in supporting roles in 24 Hour Party People (2002), In America (2003), My Summer of Love (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The World's End (2013) and Macbeth (2015) and leading roles in A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Blitz (2011), Honour (2014), The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) and The Death of Stalin (2017).

Considine came to prominence in the early 2000s with a string of performances in independent films that prompted The Observer to describe him as "the best-kept secret in British movies".[1] In addition to his roles in Hollywood films, he has acted in British films and television shows such as The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014). He wrote and directed Tyrannosaur (2011), a film loosely based on his directorial debut, the 2007 short film Dog Altogether. He has also acted in and directed several music videos, most notably Coldplay's "God Put a Smile upon Your Face" and the Arctic Monkeys' "Leave Before the Lights Come On".

Considine has received an Empire Award, an Evening Standard British Film Award and a Thessaloniki Film Festival Award for his acting. He has also won a BAFTA Award, a British Independent Film Award, a Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize)[2] for his short film Dog Altogether. He won a second BAFTA Award and a British Independent Film Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Tyrannosaur.

Early life

Considine was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, where he still resides.[1][3] He grew up with his brother and 4 sisters in a council estate in Winshill, a suburb of Burton.[3][4] Considine attended, among other schools, Abbot Beyne Senior School and Burton College. In 1990, Considine enrolled to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Burton College, where he first met Shane Meadows.[1][4] Neither of them completed the course.

In 1994, Considine moved away to study photography at the University of Brighton. While there he studied under the social documentarian Paul Reas, who described one project, portraits of Considine's parents in their house in Winshill, as "fucking brilliant".[3] At one point, Considine was threatened with expulsion, but graduated with a first-class B.A.[1][3]

Acting career

After graduating from university, Meadows cast Considine in several short films, as well as his second film, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999). Considine, in his screen debut, played the disturbed character Morell.[5] Considine's performance in the film led to Paweł Pawlikowski casting him in his first starring role in Last Resort (2000). Considine played the love-struck misfit Alfie, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.[6] After coming to prominence for his roles as Alfie and Morell, Considine increased his profile during the early to mid-2000s with supporting and starring roles in cult films such as 24 Hour Party People and In America.

In 2004, Considine starred in what was then the most significant role of his career, as Richard in Meadows' revenge film Dead Man's Shoes (2004), a film he co-wrote[2][5] and for which he won the Best British Actor award at the 2005 Empire Awards.[5] In the same year, he starred in My Summer of Love, his second film with director Pawel Pawlikowski. Both films were recognised on the award circuit, where Considine earned five nominations and two wins. The following year, Considine played Frank Thorogood (the suspected murderer of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones) in Stoned (2005). It was around this time that Considine earned his reputation as a popular portrayer of cinema villains, antiheroes, and darker characters. 2005 also saw the release of Considine's second Hollywood film, Cinderella Man.[7]

Considine appeared in the Spanish thriller Bosque de Sombras (2006). It was during the filming of this that Considine penned what later became his debut short, Dog Altogether. Considine claims that it was his co-star Gary Oldman who gave him the confidence to make the film, which led to him thanking Oldman during his BAFTA acceptance speech. In 2006, he starred in Pu-239 as Timofey Berezin, a worker at a Russian nuclear facility who gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In 2007, Considine landed roles in two popular big-budget films; the third film in the Bourne Trilogy film series, The Bourne Ultimatum, in which he played newspaper reporter Simon Ross,[2] and Hot Fuzz, in which he had his first comedic role as DS Andy Wainwright. In 2008, Considine starred in My Zinc Bed a TV film for BBC / HBO. In 2009, he starred as Peter Hunter in the Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1980, based on the novels by David Peace, and another collaboration with Meadows, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, a film which was unscripted, adlibbed, and filmed in five days at a cost of £48,000, and which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[4]

In 2011, Considine starred in a film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's book Submarine, which Richard Ayoade wrote and directed.[8] Also in 2011, Considine appeared as Porter Nash in the adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel Blitz, as well as starring as Jack Whicher in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, written by Helen Edmundson and Neil McKay. In the same year, Considine was briefly reunited with one of his A Room for Romeo Brass co-stars, BAFTA-winning actress Vicky McClure. The two shared the screen in a television advert to promote "Films for Life Season". The ad was shot over two days in Spain.[9]

Considine has consistently displayed a flair for regional and world accents; along with the Gypsy Midlander Morell in his first role in 1999's A Room for Romeo Brass, Considine played a Londoner in Stoned and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, a Russian nuclear plant worker in Pu-239, a Welshman in Submarine, Happy Now and Pride, an Irish immigrant in In America, a Mancunian in Red Riding, a Yorkshireman in My Summer of Love, an American in Cry of the Owl and Cinderella Man, and a West Countryman in Hot Fuzz. He has appeared in several music videos, most notably "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (2002) by Coldplay and Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (2003),[6] as well as the Arctic Monkeys track "Leave Before the Lights Come On" (2006), for which he wrote the video.[4]

Considine starred in The World's End, as one of the "Five Musketeers" reattempting an "epic" pub crawl. Considine previously worked with the cast and crew on Hot Fuzz (2007). The film was released in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2013, and the United States on 23 August 2013.[10] In August 2015, Considine confirmed that he was writing the screenplay for the film Journeyman, in which he will also star. It is an adaptation of non-fiction novel The Years of the Locust by Jon Hotten, the true story of a sociopathic boxing promoter, Fat Rick Parker, and his doomed relationship with his naive fighter, Tim Anderson.[11] Considine is also writing a film from a ghost story called The Leaning,[12] with plans to direct both films. He will continue to work with Shane Meadows on King of the Gypsies, a biopic of bare-knuckle fighter Bartley Gorman, whom Considine met and became friends with whilst working as a photographer.[2] In 2015, Considine was cast along Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton in the UK zombie film in The Girl with All the Gifts, based on the 2014 novel The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey.[13]

On 4 October 2015, it was via Considine's official Twitter page that he was about to join the cast of Birmingham-set gangster series Peaky Blinders,[14] seeing him reunited with She Who Brings Gifts director Colm McCarthy.

In April 2017, Considine made his professional stage debut in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, ahead of a transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.[15][16][17] It is the fastest selling play in Royal Court Theatre history. The production transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway, beginning previews on 2 October 2018. The play, which went on to win four Tony Awards, closed on 7 July 2019.[18][19] For his performance as Quinn Carney Considine gained nominations for best actor at both the Olivier Awards and The Tony Awards.

Film-making career

In 2007, Paddy Considine wrote and directed the award-winning short film Dog Altogether, starring Peter Mullan, partially based on Considine's father. Dog Altogether won the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Short Film, as well as a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, a Best British Short at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize),[2] as well as a World Cinema Directing Award for his feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Musical career

After a short stint in a virtual comedy thrash group called Grunt during college, Considine and Shane Meadows formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by the Black Crowes song of the same name) with friends Richard Eaton, Simon Hudson, and Nick Hemming, with Meadows as vocalist and Considine as drummer.[4] Considine left the band, the remaining members re-formed, calling themselves Oslo. Appearing on Jools Holland's show, whilst Considine had moved on to study photography at the University of Brighton, where he formed a new group, a Britpop band called Pedestrians.[11] He is now in a rock band called Riding the Low,[3] who have released an EP 'They Will Rob You of Your Gifts' (2009),[4][20] and an album 'What Happened to the Get To Know Ya?' (2013).

Considine and Riding the Low got their big music break in 2014 after Tim Burgess of the Charlatans invited them to perform at his curated Tim Peaks Diner event at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion, Wales. Considine had contacted Burgess after reading his book Telling Stories, to discuss meditation. "The conversation developed and Tim generously offered to let us play at Portmeirion, It led to the band supporting the Charlatans at the O2 Academy in Leicester this year. I didn't get stage fright. We were ready. We did our history off-camera. We have evolved. We have got better. At first, it was raw – all we had was arrogance. We had a long way to go and we learnt our craft at all these pub gigs. We didn't expect a leg-up just because an actor is in the band." said Considine[11]

2016 saw the band release their second full-length album Are Here to Help the Neighbourhood, recorded in Rockfield Studios and produced by Chris Slusarenko. Considine penned the words while the band wrote the music.

In early 2018, Considine confirmed that the long-anticipated collaboration with Wigan saxophonist Andrew Teddy Brown would finally be released in February 2019 as a concept album entitled Limping Through Life - an epic tale of the struggle faced by a man with a terminal form of Gout. In November 2018, Considine and Brown confirmed that the debut single from Limping Through Life would be called Days Of Delirium - a song about the extreme highs felt by the album’s central character after taking suppositories to combat Gout. The single features guest appearances from Glen Hansard, Duncan James from the group Blue and Mutya Buena (formerly of The Sugarbabes). The single released on Axe Wound Records [of Rotherham].

Personal life

Considine remains private in his personal life and once stated that if he ever became a celebrity, he would "disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day-Lewis" (a reference to Day-Lewis' sabbatical working as a shoemaker in Italy).[21] Considine lives in his home town of Burton upon Trent with his family.[2] Considine's late father was Irish.[22] He has been with his wife Shelley since he was 18 years old.[23]


In April 2011, Considine revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.[24][25] Although initially reassured by the diagnosis, he continued to struggle in social situations until he was diagnosed in 2013 with Irlen syndrome, a condition in which the brain cannot adequately process visual stimuli. His condition has improved significantly since he began wearing purple Irlen filters.[26]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Morell
2000 Last Resort Alfie
2000 Born Romantic Ray
2001 Happy Now? Glen Marcus
2001 The Martins Hatfield Recorder Editor
2002 24 Hour Party People Rob Gretton
2002 Close Your Eyes Elliot Spruggs
2002 My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 Him Short film
2002 Bouncer Knife Man Short film
2003 In America Johnny
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Richard Also writer
2004 My Summer of Love Phil
2005 Cinderella Man Mike Wilson
2005 Stoned Frank Thorogood
2006 Bosque de Sombras Norman
2006 Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
2006 This Is England N/A Uncredited writer
2007 Hot Fuzz DS Andy Wainwright
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Simon Ross
2007 Dog Altogether N/A Short film
Writer and director
2009 The Cry of the Owl Robert Forrester
2009 Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Le Donk
2010 Submarine Graham T. Purvis
2011 Blitz Sgt. Porter Nash
2011 Tyrannosaur N/A Writer and director
2012 Girl on a Bicycle Derek
2012 The Bourne Legacy Simon Ross Uncredited
Archive footage
2012 Now Is Good Father
2013 The World's End Steven Prince[27]
2013 The Double Jack as PT Kommander Uncredited[28]
2014 Honour Bounty Hunter[29]
2014 Pride Dai Donovan
2015 Child 44 Vladimir Malevich
2015 Miss You Already Jago
2015 Macbeth Banquo
2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Sergeant Eddie Parks
2017 The Death of Stalin Comrade Andreyev
2017 Journeyman Matty Burton Also writer and director
2017 Funny Cow Angus
2019 How to Build a Girl Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow Television film
2008 Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 Peter Hunter
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House Detective Inspector Jack Whicher
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane
2014 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale
2014 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: 'Til Death Do Us Part
2016 Peaky Blinders Father John Hughes 4 episodes
2018 Informer Gabe Waters Miniseries[30]
2020 The Third Day Upcoming series, filming
TBA The Outsider Claude Bolton Miniseries


Year Title Role Venue
2017 The Ferryman Quinn Carney Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre. London.
2018 The Ferryman Quinn Carney Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. New York.

Music videos

Year Artist Title Notes
2003 Coldplay "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
2003 Moloko "Familiar Feeling"
2006 Arctic Monkeys "Leave Before the Lights Come On" Also writer

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Film Result
2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival Award Best Actor (tied with Misel Maticevic) Last Resort Won
2003 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor In America Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay (shared with Shane Meadows) Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2004 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress My Summer of Love Nominated
2004 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year In America Nominated
2004 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama In America Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture In America Nominated
2005 Empire Awards Best British Actor Dead Man's Shoes Won
2005 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Dead Man's Shoes Won
2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Actor of the Year Dead Man's Shoes Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Award Best Actor In America Nominated
2006 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award – British Supporting Actor of the Year Cinderella Man Nominated
2007 Venice Film Festival Award Silver Lion – Best Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2007 British Independent Film Award Best British Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2007 Seattle International Film Festival Award Special Jury Prize, Narrative Dog Altogether Won
2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Best British Short Film Dog Altogether Nominated
2008 BAFTA Awards Best Short Film Dog Altogether Won
2011 Sundance International Film Festival Award The World Cinema Award for Directing: Dramatic Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Nantucket Film Festival Award Best Writer/Director Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Munich Film Festival CineVision Award Outstanding Debut Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Voices Festival of independent European Cinema Voices Festival Prize: Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Dinard British Film Festival France The Golden Hitchcock: Grand Jury Prize/Ciné+ Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Dinard British Film Festival France The Allianz Award: Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Zagreb Film Festival Croatia T-Com Audience Award: Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece Fischer Audience Award (For a film in the Open Horizons section) Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Jury Special Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Silver Astor for Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival Argentine Film Critics Association ACCA Award Tyrannosaur Won
2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) Award Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 Stockholm Film Festival Best First Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best British Independent Film Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best Director Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 British Independent Film Awards The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) Tyrannosaur Won
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best Achievement in Production Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best Screenplay: Original Tyrannosaur Nominated
2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards Best First Feature Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best International Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 The Guardian First Film Award Best First Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 London Critics Circle Film Awards The Virgin Atlantic Award – Breakthrough British Film-Maker Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Screenplay Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Jameson Empire Awards Best British Film Tyrannosaur Nominated
2012 Bucharest International Film Festival Best Film Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Bucharest International Film Festival Critics' Choice Award Tyrannosaur Won
2012 Transilvania International Film Festival FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award Tyrannosaur Won
2017 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Journeyman Nominated
2018 Olivier Awards Best Actor The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre Nominated
2019 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play The Ferryman Nominated


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