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An Irish actor raised by working-class parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephen Rea was born Oct. 31, 1946. Following on the heels of his training at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin, he made his big-screen debut in Cry of the Banshee (1970).

Rea is best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of an Irish Republican Army foot soldier in The Crying Game (1992), a moody drama that caused controversy because of its provocative plot: After discovering that the woman he's been falling for is a pre-op transsexual, Rea's character continues the relationship.

Rea's résumé includes several other films with overtly political themes regarding the long-standing problems between Northern Ireland and England, including Michael Collins (1996) and The Break (1998). Rea has also appeared in such notable movies as Interview with the Vampire (1994) and V for Vendetta (2005).

Stephen Rea in Evelyn

Evelyn

2002 PG

Based on real-life events, this Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) drama follows the story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), whose wife has left him and whose three children -- Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot -- are taken from him and placed in orphanages. Authorities deem Doyle's dire financial straights unacceptable for raising children, and the unemployed father vows to reunite his family. But he faces the judgment of the Irish Supreme Court.

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  • Stephen Rea in Life Is Sweet Life Is Sweet
  • Stephen Rea in Michael Collins Michael Collins
  • Stephen Rea in V for Vendetta V for Vendetta
  • Stephen Rea in Stuck Stuck
  • Stephen Rea in The Crying Game The Crying Game
  • Stephen Rea in Nothing Personal Nothing Personal
  • Stephen Rea in Stella Days Stella Days
  • Stephen Rea in War & Peace War & Peace
  • Stephen Rea in Interview with the Vampire Interview with the Vampire
  • Stephen Rea in Blackthorn Blackthorn
  • Stephen Rea in Citizen X Citizen X
  • Stephen Rea in Still Crazy Still Crazy
  • Stephen Rea in Breakfast on Pluto Breakfast on Pluto
  • Stephen Rea in The Honorable Woman The Honorable Woman
  • Stephen Rea in The Musketeer The Musketeer
  • Stephen Rea in The Reaping The Reaping
  • Stephen Rea in Ondine Ondine
  • Stephen Rea in The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves
  • Stephen Rea in Summer Fling Summer Fling
  • Stephen Rea in Sink or Swim Sink or Swim
  • Stephen Rea in The Butcher Boy The Butcher Boy
  • Stephen Rea in The End of the Affair The End of the Affair
  • Stephen Rea in Control Control
  • Stephen Rea in Proud Proud
  • Stephen Rea in River Queen River Queen
  • Stephen Rea in Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Werewolf: The Beast Among Us
  • Stephen Rea in Tasting Menu Tasting Menu
  • Stephen Rea in Out of the Dark Out of the Dark
  • Stephen Rea in The Seagull / An Artist's Story The Seagull / An Artist's Story
  • Stephen Rea in Guinevere Guinevere
  • Stephen Rea in Snow in August Snow in August
  • Stephen Rea in Fear Dot Com Fear Dot Com
  • Stephen Rea in On the Edge On the Edge
  • Stephen Rea in Bloom Bloom
  • Stephen Rea in The Confessor The Confessor
  • Stephen Rea in Tara Road Tara Road
  • Stephen Rea in Sisters Sisters
  • Stephen Rea in Until Death Until Death
  • Stephen Rea in The Devil's Mercy The Devil's Mercy
  • Stephen Rea in The Heavy The Heavy