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Colin James Farrell

(born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T..

 Early life

Farrell was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, in Castleknock, Dublin to Rita and Eamon Farrell. His father was a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers FC. Farrell has three siblings, two sisters, Claudine and Catherine, and a brother, Eamon Jr.

Farrell was educated at St. Brigid's National School in Castleknock followed by Castleknock College and Gormanston College. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a promising young football player for Dublin team, Castleknock Celtic, as a goalkeeper. Farrell attended The Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out and was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama. Farrell appeared on the show from 1998 to 1999.

 Personal life

Farrell married English actress Amelia Warner in July 2001 and divorced her four months later. He has a son, James (born September 12, 2003), with American model Kim Bordenave, from whom he has since separated.

In December 2005, Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment center for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers.  His publicist commented that Farrell had started taking painkillers due to a back injury. He was released on January 2006. In May 2006, Farrell started attending rehabilitation meetings


  • Named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003.
  • Voted 6th in the World's "Sexiest Man" by Company Magazine in 2003. 
  • Was a line dancing instructor in a nightclub in Limerick called Docs (now known as Trinity Rooms). 
  • Auditioned for Boyzone at the age of 17.
  • Sister, Claudine Farrell is his personal assistant.
  • Became an official games spokesman for the 2007 Special Olympics.
  • Was featured on an episode of Scrubs.
Selected filmography


Year Title Role Other notes
1999 The War Zone Nick
2000 Tigerland Pvt. Roland Bozz
Ordinary Decent Criminal Alec Released in the U.S. in 2003 (DVD and video)
2001 American Outlaws Jesse James
2002 Phone Booth Stuart Shepard
Minority Report Danny Witwer
Hart's War Lt. Thomas W. Hart
2003 Veronica Guerin Tattooed Boy Cameo
Intermission Lehiff Released in the U.S. in 2004
S.W.A.T. Officer Jim Street
The Recruit James Douglas Clayton
Daredevil Bullseye
2004 Alexander Alexander the Great
A Home at the End of the World Bobby Morrow (1982)
2005 The New World Captain John Smith
2006 Miami Vice Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett
Ask the Dust Arturo Bandini
2007 Cassandra's Dream Post-production
2008 Pride and Glory Jimmy Egan Completed
In Bruges Ray Pre-production
Dirt Music Announced
The Hurt Locker Announced