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Dunbar, Adrian

Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar was born on August 1, 1958 in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, to a construction foreman.  He was the eldest of 7 children.  His first job was as an Abattoir (pork slaughterhouse). 

Dunbar's first gig, at 16, was playing  bass guitar for Elvis impersonator Frank Chisholm. 
He came by acting almost by accident.  He took up a job at a local theatre to help them with their lighting, when one of the actors took ill, he was in.  He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He is married to Australian actress Anna Nygh (m: 1986), they have a daughter, Madaleine, and a son (from Nygh's previous relationship).

Good Vibrations~2012 - Andy
Mother's Milk~2011 - Seamus Dorke
All the Way Up~2010 - (short) - Charlie Norton
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce~2008 - Philip Conolly
Act of God~2007 - Frank O'Connor
Eye of the Dolphin~2006 - Hawk
The Drop~2005 - Lieutenant Vollar
Against Nature~2005 (short) - The Tramp
Mickybo and Me~2004 - Mickybo's Da
The Measure of My Days~2003 (short) - Priest
Triggermen~2002 - Andy Jarrett
Last Orders~2001 -
How Harry Became a Tree~2001 - George
 Adrian Dunbar as George in How Harry Became a Tree
Wild About Harry~2000 - J.J. MacMahon
Wedding Tackle, The~2000 - Mr. Mac
Adrian Dunbar  as Mr. Mac (left) in The Wedding Tackle
Shooters~2000 - Max Bell
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace~1999 - Bail Antilles (unused) Note: Dunbar was originally cast as Bail Organa, but the role was re-cast with Jimmy Smits in AOTC/ROTS, VIII)

The General~1998 - Noel Curley
 Adrian Dunbar (left) as Noel Curley with Brendan Gleeson as Martin Cahill in The General - photo from Sony Pictures
Near Room, The~1995 - Charlie Colquhoun
Richard III~1995 - James Tyrell, Richard's Chief Henchman
 Adrian Dunbar (standing) with Ian McKellen in Richard III - photo from Cinemorgue
Innocent Lies~1995 - Alan Cross
Widows' Peak~1994 - Godfrey Doyle-Counihan
The Crying Game~1992 - Peter Maguire
The Playboys~1992 - Mick
Hear My Song~1991 - Micky O'Neill (also singer: Nancy with the Laughing Face; singer/writer: Movin')
 Adrian Dunbar as Micky O'Neill in Hear My Song
Dealers~1989 - Lennon Mayhew
My Left Foot~1989 - Peter
The Dawning~1988 - Capt. Rankin
A World Apart~1988 - Le Roux
Unusual Ground Floor Conversion~1987 (short) - Alan Simpson
Sky Bandits~1986 - Mechanic

Film (Archive Footage)
Melissa: Interview~2006 (doc short) - uncredited Graeme Hepburn from Melissa

Film Director
Short film for the European Capital of Culture 2008
Monkey's Blood~2004 (short)

Film Consultant
The Near Room~1995 (script consultant)

Film Writer
Short film for the European Capital of Culture 2008
The Cross~2000
The Near Room~1995 (script consultant)
Hear My Song~1991

The Hollow Crown~2016 - Plantagenet in Henry VI Parts 1 & 3
Line of Duty~2012-2016 - Ted Hastings (17 episodes)
A Tough of Cloth~2014 - Damien Vull in Too Cloth for Comfort: Parts One and Two
Walter~2014 - DI Walter Gambon
Jo~2013 - Olivier Cattan in Place Vendôme
The Arts Show~2013 - Himself in In Conversation with Adrian Dunbar
The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby~2012 - Ralph Nickleby in 1.1-1.5
Silent Witness~2012 - Sean Delaney in Parts 1 and 2
Scott & Bailey~2012 - Detective Supt Rick Wallis in 2.3
World's Most Dangerous Roads~2011-2012 - Narrator (6 episodes)
Death in Paradise~2011 - Aidan Miles in 1.7 and 1.8
Silk~2011 - Joe Gillespie QC in 1.6
The 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards~2010 - Himself/Presenter
A Touch of Frost~2010 - Gerry Berland in If Dogs Run Free: Parts 1 and 2
Mo~2010 - David Trimble
Ashes to Ashes~2009 - Martin Summers (8 episodes)
The Alan Titchmarsh Show~2008 - Himself in 20 September 2008
A Taste of My Life~2008 - Himself in Neil Morrissey
The Fabulous Food Adventure~2008 - Himself
Whistleblower~2008 - Florence Wycherley in 1.1 and 1.2
The Whistleblowers: Behind the Scenes~2007
4th Irish Film and Television Awards~2007 - Himself/Presenter
Child of Mine~2005 - Alfie Palmer
The Quatermass Experiment~2005 - Detective Lomax
Jason Flemyng (left), and Adrian Dunbar (right) as Detective Lomax in the Quatermass Experiment
Tubridy Tonight~2005 - Himself in 1.19
Kidnapped~2005 - Alexander Balfour/Uncle Ebenezer Balfour (two-part series)
The John Daly Show~2004 - Himself 11/29/04
Kelly~1989 - Himself 10/22/04
The Late Late Show~2004 - Himself 5/28/04
Car Crash: The DeLorean Story~2004 - Narrator
Today with Des & Mel~2004 - Himself in 3/31/04
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde~2004 - Himself
Richard and Judy~2003 - Himself in 12/11/03
Murder in Mind~2003 - Tom Robbins in Justice
Colin Salmon (left), Adrian Dunbar, and Helen Baxendale (right) in Justice
Suspicion~2003 - Mark Finnegan
Murphy's Law~2003 - Mickey Munday in Manic Monday

 Adrian Dunbar as Mickey Munday in Murphy's Law: Manic Munday
IRMA Music Awards~2002 - presenter
32nd NAACP Image Awards~2001 - Himself
Tough Love~2000 - DCI Mike Love (see Actor Connections - TV)
 Adrian Dunbar as DCI Mike Love and Ray Winstone as DC Lenny Milton in Tough Love - photo from Sony Pictures
Relative Strangers~1999 (mini)
The Jump~1998 - Alan Cox in 1.1-1.4
The Officer From France~1998 - Wolfe Tone
Melissa~1997 (mini) - Graeme Hepburn in 1.1-1.5
Cruel Train~1995 - Jack Dando
Force of Duty~1994 - Billy
Blue Boy, The~1994 - Joe Bonnar
Pleasure~1994 - Gustave Coudray
Cracker~1993 - Thomas Kelly in The Mad Woman in the Attic: Parts 1 and 2
A Statement of Affairs~1993 (mini) -
A Woman's Guide to Adultery~1993 - Michael in 1.1-1.3
Inspector Morse~1992 - Dr. John Marriat in Dead on Time
Children of the North~1991 - Martin Deeley in:
     City of Maloch
     Lonely the Man Without Heroes
     The Killing of Yesterday's Children
Centrepoint~1990 - Brown in 1.1 and 1.3
Debut on Two~1990 -
     John in A Box of Swan
     Lucien in The Wake
Theatre Night~1990 - Lenny in Pentecost
The Englishman's Wife~1990 -
Screen Two~1988-1990 -
     John in Drowning in the Shallow End
     Robbie MacIntyre in Reasonable Force
The Four Minute Mile~1988 -
The Fear~1988 - Con in 1.2-1.5
The Price~1985 - Willy in 1.3-1.6
The Hidden Curriculum~1984 - Boyd
Play for Today~1984 - Peter Douglas in The Cry
After You've Gone~1984 - Chris
The Long March~1980 - Colm

TV Thanks
Borderland~2014 (doc) (thanks) 1.1-1.4

Brendan~2013 - Brendan Behan (Theatre Row...New York, NY)
Brendan~2011 - Brendan Behan (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Ireland)
Brendan~2008 - Brendan Behan (Chelsea Theatre, )
A Trinity of Two~2007 - Oscar Wilde (Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)
Boeing Boeing~2007 - (London, England, UK)
Exiles~2006 - Robert (National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, London, UK; Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)
A Trinity of Two~2005 - Oscar Wilde (Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)
The Shaughraun~2004 - (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)
Conversations on a Homecoming~2001 - Tom Murphy (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
 Adrian Dunbar as Tom Murphy and Conleth Hill in Conversations on a Homecoming - photo Ideas Factory
Judas~2000 - Judas (Watergate theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland)
Lady in the Dark~1997 - Charley Johnson  (Lyttleton, National Theatre)
King Lear~1993 - Ulster Edmund (Royal Court Theatre, London)
Pentecost~1989 - (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Ireland)
Shadow of a Gunman~1980 - Donal Davoran (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)

Real Dreams~ - (RSC)
The Danton Affair~ - (RSC)
Pope's Wedding~ - (Royal Court Theatre, )
Saved~ - (Royal Court Theatre, )
Up To The Sun and Down to the Centre~ - (Royal Court Theatre, )
Girl with a Pearl Earring~ - Vermeer ()

Theatre Director
Catastrophe~2014 (Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival,Enniskillen, Northern Ireland)
Brendan~2008 (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Philadelphia, Here I Come!~2004 (Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Ireland)

Where Music Matters~201? - Himself
Radio Ulster~2014 - Himself in BBC Northern Ireland at 90 Concert
FrontRow~2014 (BBC Radio 4)
Journeys and Migrations: Stories from the Belfast Festival~2004 - Reader (BBC Radio 4)
Writers' Choice~2004 - Reader of Faith, Hope, and Charity (BBC Radio 4)
Agatha Christie's The Last Seance~2003 - Declan (BBC Radio 4)
The Friday Play: Enemy in My Mouth~2002 - Ted (BBC Radio 4)
The Sunday Play: Pentecost~2002 - Peter (BBC Radio 3)
The Tragedy of Coriolanus~2002 - Aufidius (BBC Radio 3)
Book At Bedtime: Shooting Sean~2001 - Reader (8 part series) (BBC Radio 4)
Studio 3: Frank Pig Says Hello~1994 - Frank Brady/Piglet (BBC Radio 3) (see Actor Connections - Radio)
Sunday Play~1992 - Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi (BBC Radio 3)
Children of the North~1991 -
Saturday Playhouse~1991 - Aidan in Scattering Day (BBC Radio 4)
Sunday Play~1990 - Andrey in Three Sisters (BBC Radio 3)
Brian Friel Season~1989 - Hugh O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell in Aristocrats (BBC Radio 3)
Drama Now~1989 - Hugh in Scuttling Off (BBC Radio 3)
The Afternoon Play~1987 - Liam in The Good Citizen (BBC Radio 4)
*Credo~1986 - Reader (BBC Radio 3)
The Monday Play~1985 - Unknown role in Floating Down the Nile on The Oxford English Dictionary (BBC Radio 4)
The Monday Play~1985 - Jo (BBC Radio 4) (see Actor Connections - Radio)
The Afternoon Play~1984 - Des in Curfew (BBC Radio 4)
The Death of Humpty Dumpty~1984 - Willy John (BBC Radio 3)
Morning Story~1983 - Reader (BBC Radio 4)
Thirty-Minute Theatre~1983 - Commentator in Ulster Final (BBC Radio 4)
The Monday Play~1982 - (BBC Radio 4)
     Publican in The Long March
     Tucker in Sweet Sixteen
Baldi~ - guest appearance

Coriolanus~2003 - Aufidius

Brian Kennedy's On Song~2002 - sang a duet, As I Roved Out/The Curragh of Kildare, with Kennedy

Music (bands)
Adie Dunbar and The Jonahs
The Adrian Dunbar Showband
2 Brothers~2006

Video Games (voice)
Shadow Man: 2econd Coming~2001 - Far Durocha

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Austin Film Festival:
Nom 2009 Audience Award for The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce
Nom 1993 Best Original Screenplay for Hear My Song (shared)
Barclays Theatre Awards:
Nom 2002 Best Actor for Conversations of a Homecoming
TMA Theatre Awards:
Rec'd 2003 Best Actor for Conversations on a Homecoming
University of Ulster:
Rec'd 2009 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his services to acting

Adie Dunbar and The Jonahs

Fronted his own band called The Adrian Dunbar Showband (honky tonk)

Panel Guest at Arts Within a Changing Landscape Lecture in 2001 in Belfast, Ireland, UK

He works as a fundraiser for the third world development agency Goal and spent six weeks  in Sudan and Calcutta raising awareness about its projects there.

Launched the Northern Ireland International Film Festival for Young People

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