Dublin's answer to Russell Crowe, actor Colin Farrell is darkly handsome, charismatic and a bit of a rogue, both on screen and off. Farrell attended the Gaiety Drama School in Dublin before winning the role of Danny Byrne in the 1990s BBC TV series Ballykissangel. He got nearly unanimous raves for his performance in the little-seen American drama Tigerland (2000), and cemented his up-and-comer status in 2002 with Phone Booth (with Forest Whitaker), Hart's War (starring Bruce Willis) and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (starring Tom Cruise). A regular in the gossip columns in his early years, Farrell earned a reputation as a bad boy, but he's also a hard-working leading man whose movies include The Recruit (2003, starring Al Pacino), Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004, as Alexander the Great), Miami Vice (2006, based on the 1980's TV show, with Farrell in the role played by Don Johnson), In Bruges (2008, also starring Ralph Fiennes), Crazy Heart (2009, starring Jeff Bridges), Horrible Bosses (2011, starring Jason Bateman) and the 2012 re-fashioning of Total Recall (based on a short story by Philip K. Dick).
Farrell’s father is Irish football (soccer) player Eamon Farrell… Farrell married actress Amelia Warner in 2001; the couple split later the same year… Farrell played outlaw Jesse James in the 2001 film American Outlaws… Some sources list his birthplace as Castleknock, a neighborhood in County Dublin… After Heath Ledger died during the 2008 filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Farrell joined actors Jude Law and Johnny Depp in playing Ledger’s role.