Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976)
is an Irish film actor. After successfully landing a role on
BBC's Ballykissangel in 1998, he quit acting school in Ireland.
He made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed The War Zone
(1999) and gained wider fame upon discovery by Joel
Schumacher for Tigerland (2000). Farrell subsequently starred in
the American thrillers Phone Booth (2002, S.W.A.T. and The
Recruit (both 2003), quickly establishing his international box
office bankability. During those same years, he also appeared in
Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002) and as the villain in
Daredevil (2003). After starring in independent films
Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004),
he headlined Oliver Stone's biopic Alexander (2004) and the
well-regarded Terrence Malick Pocahontas movie, The New World
Work in Michael Mann's Miami Vice, the
adaptation of John Fante's Ask the Dust (both 2006), and Woody
Allen's Cassandra's Dream (2007) followed, underscoring
Farrell's continued popularity among Hollywood's important
writers and directors, but it was his role in fellow Irishman
Martin McDonagh's In Bruges (2008) by which he received a Golden
Globe in 2008. More recently, he co-starred in the Fright Night
(2011) and Total Recall (2012) remakes as well as McDonagh's
second feature, Seven Psychopaths (2012). He also played the
lead opposite Noomi Rapace, in the Niels Arden Oplev-directed
action film Dead Man Down (2013). Farrell will star as Peter
Lake in Akiva Goldsman's film adaptation of Mark Helprin's
Winter's Tale alongside Russell Crowe and Will Smith, as Travers
Goff in Saving Mr. Banks, and as Jean opposite Jessica Chastain
in Liv Ullmann's adaptation of Miss Julie, among other films.
Farrell amassed a reputation as a lothario, dating a range of
women from Angelina Jolie to former Playboy playmate Nicole
Narain. Around this time he was named one of People magazine's
"50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003.
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