“I have seen how the Homeless World Cup really does inspire homeless people to change the direction of their lives.”
A native of Ireland, Colin Farrell continues to turn heads in Hollywood. In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in “In Bruges” and was reteamed with director Martin McDonough for the CBS films’ “Seven Psychopaths.” The film centered on a screenwriter who gets drawn into the dog napping escapades of his friends.
He is currently shooting the second season of the HBO drama “True Detective” starring opposite Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughan. Nic Pizzolatto who created the series is also writing the second season. The show will premier is summer of 2015. He recently wrapped the independent film “The Lobster” starring opposite Rachel Weisz about a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.
He was recently seen in the film adaptation of “Miss Julie” starring opposite Jessica Chastain and directed by Liv Ullmann. “Miss Julie” was written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg in 1888, takes place over one night in 1874. This December 2013 Farrell was seen in the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson which is a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular Disney film “Mary Poppins” came to be.
His other past work includes “Winter’s Tale”, “Dead Man Down”; “Total Recall”; Peter Weir’s “The Way Back”; “London Boulvard”; “Fright Night”; the Waner Brothers comedy “Horrible Bosses”; “Ondine” by Irish director Neil Jordan which revolves around an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid. His other films include Gavin O’Conner’s “Pride and Glory”; Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream”; “Miami Vice”; Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”; Terrence Malick’s “The New World”; “Ask the Dust,” based on the novel by John Fante; opposite Al Pacino in “The Recruit”; “A Home at the End of the World” based on the Michael Cunningham novel, and two roles in Joel Schumacher’s films “Phone Booth” and “Tigerland”. Other film credits include “Minority Report,” “Daredevil,” “American Outlaws,” “Tigerland,” “SWAT,” and “Intermission.”
Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Colin is the son of former football player, Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon Farrell played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers in the 1960’s.
It was Colin’s early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps, however his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, Colin landed a starring role in Dierde Purcell’s miniseries “Falling for a Dancer,” a starring role in the BBC series “Ballykissangel,” and a featured role in Tim Roth’s directorial debut, “The War Zone,” followed soon after.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.