"I didn't want to be seen as just a guy on a list. I'm interested in good scripts, scripts that are about something, scripts that move your acting along."

- Stephen Rea in an interview published in the Toronto Sun, 1999.

The Reaping was released
April 2007

Courtesy Warner Bros.

As Finch in
V for Vendetta (2006).
As Bertie the magician in Neil Jordan's latest film,
Breakfast on Pluto
As Michael Beattie in
Evelyn, 2002,
MGM Home Entertainment
ore often than not, actor Stephen Rea is routinely described in the media as the morose and gloomy Irishman with the sad, "hangdog" face. Yet, sometimes, looks can be deceiving, and in this case, there's much more to this talented actor than just another pretty sullen face...
As Leopold Bloom in Sean Walsh's 2003 film, Bloom based on the novel Ulysses by James Joyce.
Odyssey Pictures.
As Colm in
Tara Road, 2005

Stephen Rea guest on RTE Radio 1's Conversations with Eamon Dunphy on March 2007. Click on logo to listen.

Stephen Rea on The Right Hook Show,8th May 2008

The Right Hook on Newstalk 106-108 fm, every weekday from 4.30pm - www.newstalk.ie
In our current age of digital information and increasing global media convergence, a vast array of recent and older films starring Stephen Rea are appearing more frequently (in many languages) in every worldwide format. From the latest IMAX film premiere, to film downloading, to more films now available on DVD and even VHS, a worldwide audience is beginning to notice that the old media "hangdog" description is outdated and it really fails to do justice to Stephen Rea and his career.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then maybe there's so much more to say about this talented actor...
As Tom Bardo in Stuck (2007)

On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,
Click on pic for clip

Perhaps it's time for a new appreciation?
As Connie Fitzpatrick
in Guinevere, 1999,
As The Groom in Neil Jordan's
The Company of Wolves, 1984,
Hen's Tooth Video
Stephen Rea has a long and distinguished acting career in film, television and theatre, and he's well known as one of Ireland's most talented, captivating and versatile actors.
As Santiago , in Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1994,
Warner Brothers
As Danny in Angel,
aka Danny Boy,
Columbia Pictures Home Video
As Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, 2002, Image Entertainment
In the last five years, Stephen Rea has appeared in well over 20 films, playing everything from the factual based character of Danish nuclear physicist Niels Bohr in the BBC/PBS production of Copenhagen (2002), to a murderous, sadistic surgeon who broadcasts his crimes live on the internet in the thriller FeardotCom (2002), to the classic portrayal of Leopold Bloom in the film Bloom (2003), based on James Joyce's novel Ulysses.
As Rabbi Judah Hirsch in
Snow in August, 2001,
Showtime Networks Inc.
As Ned Broy in Neil Jordan's film, Michael Collins, 1996,
Warner Brothers

Stephen Rea has long list of film credits and has played many different characters in a variety of movies. He's an actor who has a solid record of never shying away from challenging roles. Stephen Rea is steadfast and proud of his Irish heritage and often chooses to play many roles using his own native accent. However, he has a masterful command of the English language and its many dialects. He can be seen in several international films, portraying characters with Russian, German, French, English, American and even Yiddish accents.

As Bruno Richard Hauptmann in
Crime of the Century, 1996,
HBO Films
As Tony Costello in Still Crazy, 1998 ,
Columbia Pictures
Whether he can be seen as the dapper, ultra conservative and sensitive Henry Miles, who remains troubled, yet unflinchingly devoted to his unfaithful wife in Neil Jordan's The End of the Affair (1999), or the mop top, aging bohemian member of a rock-n-roll band trying to make a comeback in the cult retro rock film, Still Crazy (1998), Stephen Rea's performance in any role is often subtle and diverse, yet always memorable and unique.
As Henry Miles in
The End of the Affair
, 1999,
Columbia Pictures

In 1993, Stephen Rea received an Academy Award nomination for
Best Actor in Neil Jordan's
The Crying Game
, 1992
The Crying Game, 1992
Stephen Rea has numerous credits in film, television and theatre, and he's consistently proven his talent as a multidimensional actor who has gone the distance and always excels far beyond the ordinary and typecast in any role. Best known for his Academy Award nominated role as Fergus in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, (1992), Stephen Rea has appeared in over 55 film and television productions, beginning with a bit part dating back to 1970.
On NBC's Saturday Night Live,
with guest host Miranda Richardson,
March 1993.
Comedy Central
One of Stephen Rea's earliest film roles in a bit part as a villager in the horror fllm, Cry of the Banshee, with Vincent Price, 1970,
MGM Home Entertainment
As Jean in Miss Julie from the Duke of York's Theatre programme,
March 1983
Stephen Rea's film roles are only a part of his prestigious and brilliant acting career. He is also one of the great stage actors who has appeared in many different and distinguished theatre productions, entertaining audiences in Ireland, London and Broadway. Well known for his electrifying stage performances in many classic world dramas and their various translations, Stephen Rea won an Tony Award nomination for Best Actor on Broadway for the critically acclaimed production of, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (1992-1993).
In 1993, Stephen Rea was nominated for a
Tony Award for Best Actor as political prisoner, Edward, in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, written by Frank McGuinness.
Playbill Image: Tom Lawlor
As Mike, with Angela Richards in High Society, Original Cast Album, 1987
EMI Records, Ltd.
Image: John Haynes
Stephen Rea is also equally talented in stage comedy, displaying everything from sparkling wit to dark sarcasm. Known for his broad range as an actor in many different theatre plays, Stephen Rea's versatility landed him major part in the British musical theatre production of High Society, (1987), where he sang and, yes, danced to the music of Cole Porter. How equally fine in jazz and rhyme...
In a rehearsal photo from
Samuel Beckett's Endgame.
Image: John Haynes
Stephen Rea is also a founding member of Ireland's groundbreaking Field Day Theatre Company. Field Day is known for its efforts to bring theatre back to many areas of Ireland where it was lacking for years. More importantly, the company's performances also provided an intellectual and scholarly discourse for the political, social and economic turmoil which was, and still is, important and intrinsic to Ireland's identity as a nation.

See our website's Theatre Section
What else has Stephen Rea done? He's known for his acting in theatre, but few know he has also starred in and directed many stage productions.
He's not only known as an actor but also as a very talented narrator and speaker. He has appeared in many live and recorded readings and tributes. Stephen Rea's memorable narration often brings literature's best Irish writers and poets to life.
Image courtesy THINKfilm
In 2008, Stephen Rea will return to both the New York and London stage in the upcoming production of Sam Shepard's new play, Kicking a Dead Horse. He can also be seen in several new upcoming film releases, including Stuck, Devil's Mercy and The Heavy.
For the latest on Stephen Rea's current projects, see our section:

Current News
Stephen Rea and Claire Price from the NT's 2004 production photo of
Cyrano de Bergerac. The play, based on a new adaptation from Derek Mahon, ran from April thru June 2004 and was directed by Howard Davies.

Whether you've followed Stephen Rea's career for years or you're looking for more info, we invite you take a tour of this website. The site contains Stephen Rea's credits in movies, television and theatre, plus screencaps, video clips, articles and current news on his latest films, theatre and projects. Enjoy!

Stephen Rea is also known for his generous support of charitable and humanitarian organizations in Ireland.
A few links:

Cystinosis Foundation Ireland

Irish Red Cross

And don't forget:
"No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything."

- Oscar Wilde from the Preface of
The Picture of Dorian Gray