Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two British Independent Film Awards, and an Primetime Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award and twice for a Golden Globe Award. He is best known for his performance as Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films from (2005–2010), and for his supporting roles in films such as Braveheart (1995), Michael Collins (1996), Gangs of New York (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Troy (2004), The Smurfs 2 (2013), Suffragette (2015), Paddington 2 (2018), and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), as well as leading roles in films such as 28 Days Later (2002), In Bruges (2008), The Guard (2011), The Grand Seduction (2013), and Calvary (2014). He has starred as detective Bill Hodges in the television adaptation of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. 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.