JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series consists of seven fantasy novels. The novels follow the lives of Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his companions, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The primary plot is around Harry’s battle with Lord Voldemort, an evil wizard who wants to become immortal. The novels were a huge success that they were adapted into a film series. But did you know there was a father-son duo in the film?
Brendan Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson is the father-son duo in the Harry Potter films. Domhall appeared in Harry Potter as Bill Weasley while his father played the role of Mad-Eye Moody.
Who is Brendan Gleeson?
Brendan Gleeson is an award-winning Irish actor, filmmaker, and former teacher best known for his roles as Professor Alastor Moody (Mad-Eye) in three Harry Potter films and Winston Churchill in the 2009 film Into the Storm, for which he received an Emmy Award. With almost 90 films under his belt, he has won two British Independent Film Awards and three Irish Film and Television Awards, as well as being nominated for three Golden Globes and twice for BAFTA Awards. As a child, he studied numerous Irish playwrights and paid close attention to detail in tragedies and plays.
He was involved in school plays and theater shows during his high school years. During his early career, he worked in television films and short films and even provided voice-overs for documentaries. His breakout role came in Mel Gibson’s landmark picture Braveheart in 1995. He has subsequently provided moving performances in films such as Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, Troy, and Mission: Impossible 2. He also had memorable leading parts in films, including The Guard, Calvary, and The General. With extraordinary acting abilities and a long acting career, he has served as a tutor and mentor to many performers in the Hollywood film industry. (Source: The Famous People)
Who is Domhnall Gleeson?
Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, as the eldest of four sons. He grew up in Malahide, County Dublin, as the eldest son of actress Mary and actor Brendan Gleeson. Fergus, Brian, and Rory are his three brothers. He went to Malahide Community School and was in school performances of Grease and King Lear. Gleeson went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Gleeson directed and wrote several short films in his early career, had a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his role in the Broadway musical The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and had a supporting role in Never Let Me Go. He rose to prominence as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011), alongside his father, Brendan Gleeson, who portrayed Alastor Moody; Konstantin Levin in Anna Karenina (2012); Tim Lake in About Time (2013); and Russell Allen Phillips in the fact-based war drama Unbroken (2014). Gleeson earned three IFTA Awards for his roles in When Harvey Met Bob (2010), Anna Karenina (2012), and Frankenstein (2013). (2014). (Source: The Movies DB)
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