By Joanne Soh
November 19, 2010
WHO’S THAT GUY?
This 27-year-old redhead shares his surname with a credible Irish actor, and it’s no coincidence – he is Brendon Gleeson’s eldest son.
WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HIM
Probably nowhere, unless you’ve been living in Ireland or have caught the 2006 Broadway play Lieutenant Of Inishmore.
Having a famous last name doesn’t make him a shoo-in for showbiz, but this young man has what it takes to make it big on his own.
He has already received a Tony Award nomination and has amassed a short but impressive line-up of films.
The writer-actor-director joins his father, who plays Hogwarts professor Mad-Eye Moody, in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 as Bill, the eldest son in the Weasley wizard clan, who marries French witch Fleur Delacour (Clemence Poesy). The father-and-son pair even share a scene together near the start.
He’ll also star in the Coen brothers’ upcoming Western remake True Grit, with headliners Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.
Then there’s romantic drama Never Let Me Go, where he shares screen time with Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan.
He also recently directed his father and younger brother Brian in the short film Noreen.
ON SCORING A PART IN HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1
‘It’s fantastic, but there are so many extras and it’s just so huge, you’re not in control of anything.’
ON FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS AS AN ACTOR
‘I was slightly hesitant about getting into acting. This was when I was a kid… trying to find your identity and see who you want to be in life. I did worry about being the ‘little Gleeson’.
ON HIS LOVE FOR THE STAGE AND FILMS
‘If you’re an Irish actor, you have to be able to do both because there just isn’t enough work to go around.
‘Surviving on theatre work alone would be very difficult, unless you get to a level… like my dad. He works in film all the time – he hasn’t done a play since 2000. You have to get good at both, and that’s what I’m trying to do.’