Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds


2/9/1953, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Birth Name



Also Known As

Cirian Hinds, Ciarin Hinds, Ciaran Hinds
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Ciarn Hinds was born in Belfast, Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was the youngest of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciarn follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kate Thompson's latest novel, Living the Dream, features a brief mention of Ciarán.

    • Ciaran is an 2004 Audie Award Winner, for best audio drama performance for his work on The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare.

    • Ciaran won the Outer Critic Circle Award, Special Achievement, for best ensemble cast performance, in 1999 for Closer.

    • Ciaran won the Theatre World Award for best debut in NYC in 1999 for Closer.

    • Ciaran won Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2004 for The Mayor of Casterbridge.

    • Ciaran danced with the Patricia Mulholland Irish Ballet.

    • Ciaran professes himself slightly underwhelmed with the whole notion of his Broadway debut in Closer, but he's quick to point out that it's not a reaction born of snobbery, rather that Broadway is something that just never meant that much to him in the way of ambitions and dreams. He has jokingly stated that he feels the same about Hollywood but would certainly head out west ("for the shekels") if the right opportunity came along.

    • Ciaran Hinds (At 12, as a skinny grammar school boy, Ciaran apparently made a terrific "Lady Macbeth."): My mum says I haven't done anything as good, so it's an on-going battle trying to hit that high again.

    • Ciaran Hinds: Monogamy is a bizarre concept, don't you think? We are on earth for a very short time and the idea we should share our life with one person out of 50 billion is very odd. Life is about education and illumination. OK, 50 billion may be a bit too many to take on.

    • Ciaran has been dubbed by some as the "accidental heart-throb."

    • Ciaran's father was a doctor and his mother, Moya, was an amateur actress.

    • Ciaran has starred in numerous productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    • Ciaran is the youngest of 5 children. He has four sisters.

    • Ciaran began his stage career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theater as the rear end of a horse in the production of Cinderella.

    • Ciaran's film career began in 1981 in the movie Excalibur where he played the character "Lot."

    • Ciaran previously attended Queen University to study law.

    • Ciaran trained in acting at the RADA.

    • Ciaran stands 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.

    • Ciaran's daughter's name is Aoife (Irish variant of Eve).

  • Quotes

  • Brooding, dark, always seems as though something is boiling just below the surface. Brilliant actor, particularly when given complex characters who are morally challenged.

    On film, Ciaran Hinds is probably best known for his historical dramas, such as A&E's Jane Eyre or a 1995 version of Persuasion. He has recently come to the attention of US audiences as the forceful, charming, brilliant, dedicated Caesar in HBO's Rome, where his commanding presence, his dark, fierce gaze, and his deep take-no-prisoners voice have made him perhaps the most believable Julius Gaius ever put on film. This man is captivating, as he completely absorbs the characters he is playing, physically and emotionally. I recently watched Persuasion, but came into the film 20 minutes after it began. I did not know the story at all. When I turned it on, the character he plays -- a Captain Wentworth -- was about to be introduced into the house in which a young woman was staying. Upon hearing that he was arriving, the young woman was all atwitter, and it was clear from her response that they had met before. When he arrived at the house, everything about his countenance and his behavoir -- his rigid body, his nervousness, his refusal to look at her -- told me that he was a man who had been injured by this young woman, and that he was still smarting. I knew nothing about the plot of this film, and did not know that these facts had already been explained earlier. They need not have been. His acting was so excellent that in a few seconds, I was able to deduce exactly what the relationship was between these two characters, without any explicit explanation. That's truly fine acting, in my opinion.

    His Caesar can be powerful and tender, vengeful and forgiving, explosively angry and frighteningly calm, all within a single scene. It is the finest performance of his career, in my opinion.