Stanley Townsend

Stanley Townsend
Stanley Townsend

Stanley Townsend was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Libertine(2004), Cars 2 (2011) and In the Name of the Father (1993).

Townsend was born and brought up in Dublin. After attending Wesley College, Dublin, he studied mathematics and civil engineering at Trinity College. While there he joined the Dublin University Players, the college’s Amateur Dramatic Society. He later co-founded co-operative theatre company Rough Magic with writer/director Declan Hughes and theatre director Lynne Parker, performing in numerous productions including The Country WifeNightshade, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He subsequently went on to perform in several productions at The Gate and The Abbey Theatres in Dublin. In London, he has worked with such directors as Sam Mendes in The Plough and the StarsRichard Eyre in Guys and Dolls and Rufus Norris in Under the Blue Sky. Theatre appearances at the Royal Court include The Alice Trilogy directed by Ian Rickson and Shining City directed by Conor McPherson, for which he won an Irish Theatre Award and was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor in 2004.[1]


Townsend’s television work began on a number of shows for RTÉ in Dublin. Since moving to London, television appearances have included SpooksThe CommanderHustleWaking the Dead, and Omagh Bombing.

Film credits include Mike Newell‘s Into the WestJim Sheridan‘s In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day-LewisThe Van by Stephen FrearsPeter Greenaway‘s The Tulse Luper SuitcasesThe Libertine with Johnny Depp, Paul Morrison’s Wondrous Oblivionwith Delroy LindoJohn Boorman‘s The Tiger’s Tale and Michael Radford‘s Flawless. He currently lives in London.


Townsend’s work in theatre includes: Remember This,  Guys and DollsPhedre and Happy Now? at the National Theatre, London; The Alice Trilogy, Shining City  (for which he won the Irish Times Best Actor Award),[1] Under the Blue Sky,[5] The Weir and Tribesat the Royal Court, London; The Wake, Trinity for Two and Sacred Mysteries at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; The Gingerbread Mix-upat St Andrews Lane, Dublin; Prayers of Sherkin[7] at the Old Vic, London; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at West Yorkshire PlayhouseLeedsThe Plough and the Stars at the Young Vic, London; Democracy  at the Bush Theatre, London; Speed-the-Plowfor Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Saint Oscar for Field Day Theatre Company, Derry; Sexual Perversity in ChicagoThe Caucasian Chalk CircleThe Country WifeNightshade and The White Devil for Rough Magic, Dublin; Who Shall Be Happy…? for Mad Cow Productions, Belfast, London and tour; and ‘Art’ in the West End. He played Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in early 2011. His portrayal of Sims in The Nether for director Jeremy Herrin at the Royal Court Theatrein July 2014 won critical acclaim.


Townsend’s television credits include: Zen,[11] WhistleblowerHe Kills CoppersProsperitySaddam’s Tribe,[12] Rough Diamond,[13]Waking The DeadSpooks,[14] The Virgin QueenHustle,[15] OmaghThe BriefMurder SquadFallenWire in the BloodThe CommanderMenace,[16] Seventh StreamHeartbeatStation JimTable 12CasualtyBest of Both WorldsActive DefenceDDU (Making the Cut)BallykissangelPeak PracticeJonathan CreekA Touch of FrostThe Governor,[17] The BillParnell and the EnglishwomanNighthawksFortycoats & Co.Lost BelongingsLapsed CatholicGlenroeAshes to AshesMad DogsSherlockCall the MidwifeQuirkeRipper Street24: Live Another DayGalavantThe Hollow CrownRedwaterThe TunnelNew TricksFoyle’s WarThe CollectionDeath in ParadiseInformerFresh Meat, and General Ad-Din in The Spy.


Film includes: Killing Bono (2011), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Nativity (2006),  Flawless (2007), The Tiger’s Tail (2006), Isolation (2005),  The Libertine (2004),[23] Inside I’m Dancing (2004), Tulse Luper II (2004), Suzie Gold (2004),  Wondrous Oblivion (2003), American Girl (2002), Monsieur N (2003), Mystics (2003),  The Van (1996), My Friend Joe (1996), Moll Flanders (1996), Jake’s Progress (1995), Beyond Reason (1995), Good GirlsIn the Name of the Father (1993), Blue Ice(1992), The Miracle (1991), Taffin (1988), Cars 2 (2011), Lovely Louise [de] (2013) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016).

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