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Rory Keenan
Born (1980-06-09) 9 June 1980 (age 41)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Gemma Arterton (m. 2019)

Rory Keenan (born 9 June 1980) is an Irish actor.


Primarily a stage actor, he has worked extensively in theatre in London. As well as frequently performing in the West End, he has worked in film and TV from a young age. Most recently he has performed in BAM, New York and Wyndhams Theatre in the West End as Jamie in Long Day's Journey Into Night directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and at The Donmar Warehouse in Saint Joan and Welcome Home Captain Fox![1] He was also seen recently in BBC's War & Peace and Peaky Blinders.

Previous work at The Royal National Theatre includes The Kitchen, Damned By Despair and Liola, as well as the acclaimed Philadelphia Here I Come[2] and Dublin Carol at the Donmar Warehouse.

He has performed many leading roles in Ireland, having worked from an early age at The Abbey Theatre, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth, the latter of which landed him Best Supporting Actor at The Irish Times' the 11th Irish Theatre Awards.[3]

On television he appeared as Eric in RTÉ's 2017 drama Striking Out[4] and in 2018 as Leopold in the BBC's Versailles.

Personal life

In 2019, he married actress Gemma Arterton.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2020 The Duchess Shep 6 episodes
2017 Versailles Leopold 8 episodes
Come Home Tomlinson 2 episodes
2017–18 Striking Out Eric 10 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Simon 2 episodes
War & Peace Bilibin 4 episodes
2014 Peaky Blinders Donal Henry 3 episodes
2012 Birdsong Brennan TV mini series
2011 Primeval Michael 1 episode
2005 Showbands Keith TV mini series
2003 The Clinic Michael 6 episodes
2001–02 On Home Ground Kevin King 16 episodes
1999 Aristocrats George TV mini series


Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Young Messiah Lucifer
Grimsby James Thurbeck
2012 Earthbound Gordon
Keys to the City Paul
2011 National Theatre Live: The Kitchen Kevin
The Guard McBride
2010 Windows Terry Short film
The Crush Boyfriend nominated Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film[6]
2009 One Hundred Mornings Mark
Zonad Guy Hendrickson
2006 Pride and Joy Rory Lawlor
2005 Showbands Keith TV movie
Still Life Man Short film
2004 Ella Enchanted Otto
2003 Intermission Anthony Lowry
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor Malitiaman TV movie
2002 Reign of Fire Devon


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2019 Plenty Raymond Brock Chichester Festival Theatre [7]
2018 Long Day's Journey Into Night James Tyrone Jr. Wyndham's Theatre / BAM, New York
2016 Saint Joan The Inquisitor Donmar Warehouse
The Seagull Trigorin Dublin Theatre Festival
Welcome Home Captain Fox Gene Donmar Warehouse
2015 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Edward Chichester Festival Theatre
2013 Liola Liola Royal National Theatre
2012 Damned by Despair Pedrisco Royal National Theatre
Philadelphia Here I Come Gar Private Donmar Warehouse
Dublin Carol Mark Donmar Warehouse
2011 The Kitchen Kevin Royal National Theatre
Lakeboat/Prairie du Chien Fred Arcola Theatre
2010 The Big Fellah Ruairi Lyric Hammersmith
The Importance of Being Earnest Jack Rough Magic/ Gaiety Theatre
2009 Macbeth Macbeth Siren Productions/The Empty Space Best Actor In Supporting Role, Irish Times Theatre Awards
The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger Ronan Olympia Theatre
2007 Don Carlos Don Carlos Rough Magic
Saved Fred Abbey Theatre


  1. ^ "Rory Keenan | Interview —". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ "Review Round-Up: Critics crow for Philadelphia, Here I Come". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  3. ^ "New talent saluted and new awards - for best supporting dad and feng shui". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  4. ^ "Rory Keenan "had a laugh" filming with Amy Huberman". 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  5. ^ Bond Girl Gemma Arterton secretly marries Irish Peaky Blinders star Rory Keenan in exclusive Co Wicklow ceremony, 15 September 2019
  6. ^ "NI film 'The Crush' is shortlisted for an Oscar". BBC News. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  7. ^ Supercool (2019-09-25). "Plenty". Chichester Festival Theatre. Retrieved 2019-09-25.

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