Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two British Independent Film Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award and four times for a Golden Globe Award. He is best known for his performance as Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films (2005–2010). He is also known for his supporting roles in films such as Braveheart (1995), Gangs of New York (2002), Suffragette (2015), Paddington 2 (2017), and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) as well as leading roles in films such as 28 Days Later (2002) and Calvary (2014). He won an Emmy Award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the television film Into the Storm. In 2020, he was listed at number 18 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.He is the father of actors Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson.