65 Facts About Colin Farrell


Colin Farrell took on high-profile roles as Bullseye in Daredevil and as Alexander the Great in Alexander, with further starring roles in Michael Mann's Miami Vice and Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream.


Colin Farrell earned acclaim for playing a rookie hitman in Martin McDonagh's comedy In Bruges, winning a Golden Globe Award.


Colin Farrell went on to play a variety of leading and character roles in the comedy Horrible Bosses, the science fiction film Total Recall, the drama Saving Mr Banks, the dark comedies Seven Psychopaths, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the thriller The Beguiled, and the fantasy films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Dumbo.


Colin Farrell starred in the second season of HBO's thriller series True Detective.


In 2022, Colin Farrell played Penguin in the superhero film The Batman, and gained acclaim for his roles in the science fiction drama After Yang, the survival film Thirteen Lives, and McDonagh's drama The Banshees of Inisherin.


Colin James Farrell was born in the Castleknock suburb of Dublin on 31 May 1976, to Rita and Eamon Farrell.


Colin Farrell's father played football for Shamrock Rovers FC and ran a health food shop.


Colin Farrell was educated at St Brigid's National School, followed by the exclusive all-boys private school Castleknock College, and then Gormanston College in County Meath.


Colin Farrell unsuccessfully auditioned for the boy band Boyzone around this time.


Colin Farrell had roles in television shows and films, including Ballykissangel and Falling for a Dancer in 1998 and 1999.


Colin Farrell made his feature film debut in English actor Tim Roth's directorial debut, The War Zone, a drama about an incident of child abuse, starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton as parents of a girl Farrell's character dates.


Colin Farrell appeared in Ordinary Decent Criminal with Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino, a film loosely based on the life of Martin Cahill.


In 2000, Colin Farrell was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland, an under-released film directed by American Joel Schumacher.


Colin Farrell reportedly got the part on the basis of his charm.


Michael Holden of The Guardian wrote that Colin Farrell was "too much the hero" to fit the classic rebel archetype properly, but he did not mind.


Colin Farrell's supporting roles include an ambitious Justice Department agent opposite Tom Cruise, a potential criminal in Minority Report, and the villain Bullseye in Daredevil.


Colin Farrell said "he had no problem" being the producer's fallback after Damon declined.


Colin Farrell was signed to the role in December 2001, although he was considered for the lead role of Matt Murdock until Ben Affleck signed.


Colin Farrell was encouraged to keep his Irish accent, since this version of Bullseye is from Ireland.


In late 2003 Colin Farrell starred as a criminal who plots a bank robbery with Cillian Murphy in the dark comedy Intermission, which held the record for highest-grossing Irish independent film in Irish box-office history for three years and remains a cult classic there.


Roger Ebert praised Colin Farrell, saying that he was "astonishing in the movie, not least because the character is such a departure from everything he has done before".


Colin Farrell played the title role of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's 2004 biographical film Alexander, which, while receiving some favourable reviews internationally, was poorly received in the United States.


Colin Farrell played the lead role of Captain John Smith, the founder of 17th-century colonial Jamestown, Virginia who falls in love with the Native American princess Pocahontas.


Colin Farrell was more successful in 2006 with his role opposite Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's action crime drama, Miami Vice.


Colin Farrell reportedly took a slight pay cut to make friend and recent Oscar winner Jamie Foxx happy: His salary was initially larger than Foxx's.


Colin Farrell next appeared in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, which premiered in 2007 and was distributed in the US in early 2008.


Time magazine described the film as "the prettiest bloodbath of 2008", and Colin Farrell won his first Golden Globe Award.


Colin Farrell appeared on screen and provided the narration, donating his earnings to a homeless shelter in Ireland.


Colin Farrell received positive reviews for his involvement in the true story.


Later in 2008, Colin Farrell was brother-in-law to Edward Norton's character in Pride and Glory, a police drama directed by American Gavin O'Connor.


Colin Farrell was one of three actors, who helped to complete Heath Ledger's role when Ledger died before filming ended.


Colin Farrell starred that year in Triage, directed by Oscar-winning Bosnian screenwriter and director Danis Tanovic, about the life of a war correspondent.


Colin Farrell's work was described as "dedicated" by Varietys Todd McCarthy, and Julian Sancton of Vanity Fair wrote that the film was "a hell of a lot more insightful than other movies that deal with a similar topic".


That year, Colin Farrell played a supporting role in Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges.


Mary Pols of Time magazine called the role "tailor-made for Colin Farrell", saying that Colin Farrell gave a "beautifully confident performance".


Todd McCarthy of Variety singled Colin Farrell out, noting that he worked well as an ensemble actor "graciously allowing [child star Alison Barry] to steal every scene she's in".


The next year, Colin Farrell starred with Keira Knightley in the crime romance London Boulevard.


Michael Phillips of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Colin Farrell brought "massive, slobby relish" to his role as Sudeikis' cocaine-fiend boss.


Later that year, Colin Farrell played the main antagonist in the Fright Night remake, joining Anton Yelchin, David Tennant and Toni Collette in the story of a charismatic vampire who moves next door to a high-school student and his single mother.


Scott thought that Colin Farrell played his role with "a wink and a snarl and a feline purr".


Colin Farrell starred with Kate Beckinsale in Columbia Pictures' Total Recall, a 2012 remake of the 1990 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Colin Farrell just has the ability to be trying different things all the time.


Colin Farrell starred as creatively blocked writer Marty in a black comedy with Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken.


In 2014, Colin Farrell starred in a film adaptation of Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale.


Colin Farrell won the lead role over younger actors Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hiddleston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.


Colin Farrell's turn as John, the serving man to Chastain's character's father, was described by Stephen Holden of The New York Times as the "strongest" of the three performances, though Ullmann's direction was deemed too flat by most reviewers.


Colin Farrell starred in the second season of the TV series True Detective as Ray Velcoro, alongside Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams.


Colin Farrell worked with a dialect coach to adopt the nonstandard Californian accent for his character, which he found challenging.


Colin Farrell starred in The Lobster, a romantic science fiction thriller which was released in 2015 and directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut.


In 2016, Colin Farrell starred in the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a traced version of a licensed promotional photo of Colin Farrell from the film was used for the character Nefarian Serpine on the tenth anniversary cover of 2007's Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book in the series of the same name.


In 2022, Colin Farrell co-starred in the film Thirteen Lives, which chronicles the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue of a Thai boys' soccer team that was trapped 2.5 miles inside the cave for eighteen days as a result of a flash-flood.


That same year, Colin Farrell reunited with Martin McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson for The Banshees of Inisherin, which earned Colin Farrell a Volpi Cup for Best Actor from the 79th Venice Film Festival and a Golden Globe, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.


In 2007, Colin Farrell joined other celebrities as a spokesperson for the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai.


Colin Farrell had appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show two years earlier to increase awareness of the subject.


Colin Farrell met English actress and singer Amelia Warner at the premiere of Quills in 2000.


Colin Farrell said of the relationship that they were "too fast, too young".


Colin Farrell has had relationships with American model Nicole Narain, and actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Maeve Quinlan, and Demi Moore.


Colin Farrell has a son named James Padraig was born on in Los Angeles in 2003 and with American model Kim Bordenave.


From 2007 to 2008, Colin Farrell dated Irish medical student Muireann McDonnell.


In October 2009, Colin Farrell fathered his second son, Henry Tadeusz, with Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus.


In December 2005, Colin Farrell checked into a rehabilitation centre for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers.


Colin Farrell commented on the topic during an interview on Late Show with David Letterman after leaving rehab, and continued to do so in subsequent years.


Colin Farrell threw a self-published book-length expose about him on Jay Leno's desk.


The next day, Colin Farrell obtained a restraining order against her and the incident was edited out of the broadcast.


Colin Farrell failed a lie detector test on an Ion Television program when attempting to prove her claims.