Domhnall Gleeson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

New Star Wars Actor Domhnall Gleeson


Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson has been named in the cast for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars reboot. The announcement was named on the official website of the movie franchise. Also named in the cast are newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Issac. Returning to the Galaxy far far away are Mark Hammil, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Here’s what you need to know about this new star:

1. His Dad is an Accomplished Actor

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Domhnall’s dad Brendan. (Getty)

He’s the son of character actor Brendan Gleeson. The father/son duo played alongside each other in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow 1 and 2. Gleeson played Bill Weasley with his father performing as Alastor Moody.

2. Gleeson Has Been an Oscar Winning Movie

Six Shooter (2004) – Martin McDonagh (HQ – 16 subtitles)A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball… © The Works, Missing in Action Films, Funny Farm Films (2004)2012-07-17T20:05:05.000Z

He starred in the Oscar winning short Six Shooter. You can watch the full movie above.

3. Gleeson is a University Graduate

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He’s native of Dublin, Ireland. Gleeson has a degree in Media Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

4. He Has One More Movie to Complete Before Star Wars

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Prior to Star Wars, Gleeson is set to star in Brooklyn. A story of a young woman who moves from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s and finds love with an Italian-American.

5. His Brothers Are Pretty Talented

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Gleeson pictured with his brother Briain in 2011. (Getty)

Gleeson is eldest of three brothers. His other brother Briain is an actor and Fergus is an accomplished musician.

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