1961 – Birth of actor, John Lynch.

John Lynch was born in the village of Corrinshego in County Armagh, near Newry, County Down. He attended St Colman’s College, Newry, an all-Catholic school. Lynch has said that his family was not political but were “affected” by the Troubles. His mother is Italian, and he is the brother of British-based actress, Susan Lynch.

Acting career:

Lynch has appeared in numerous films related to Northern Ireland’s problems, such as Cal, In the Name of the Father, The Railway Station Man, Nothing Personal and Some Mother’s Son, as well as the Irish-themed film Evelyn, with Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn and Julianna Margulies. He starred as Gyneth Paltrow’s boyfriend in Sliding Doors, and as a supporting actor in Derek Jarman’s Edward II.

Lynch played the part of football legend George Best in the 2000 film Best, directed by his wife Mary McGuckian.


Cal (1984)
Hardware (1990)
1871 (1990)
Chimera (1991) (TV) Peter Carson aka Monkey Boy
Out of the Blue (1991) (TV) Rudy
Edward II (1991)
The Railway Station Man (1992) Damian Sweeney
The Secret Garden (1993) Lord Craven
In the Name of the Father (1993) as Paul Hill
Words Upon the Window Pane (1994) John Corbet
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
Angel Baby (1995) Harry
Nothing Personal (1995) Liam
Some Mother’s Son (1996) Bobby Sands
Monkey Boy (1996)
Moll Flanders (1996) Nominated Best Supporting Actor – Satellite Awards
This Is the Sea (1997) Padhar McAliskey
Sliding Doors (1998) Gerry
The Quarry (1998) The Man
Best (1999)
The Seventh Stream (2001) (TV) Tomas Dunhill
Boston Public (2002) TV episode Chapter Thirty-One Jerry
Puckoon (2002) O’Brien
Re-inventing Eddie (2002) Eddie Harris
Evelyn (2002) Senior Counsel Mr. Wolfe
Conspiracy of Silence (2003) Fr. Matthew Francis
Alien Hunter (2003)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
The Baby War (2005) (TV) Pierce O’Carroll
Isolation (2005) Dan
Bleak House (2005) (TV) Nemo
Lassie (2005) Sam Carraclough
The Yellow House (2007) (TV) Paul Gauguin
In Tranzit (2007) Yakov
Men Don’t Lie (2007)
The Passion (2008) BBC TV series
Merlin (2009) as Balinor
Silent Witness (2009) BBC TV series
Holy Water Film (2009) Gaffer Dir Tom Reeve
Five Day Shelter Film (2009) Stephen Dir Ger Leonard
Black Death (2009) Wolfstan Dir Chris Smith
Mo (The Mo Mowlam story) (2009) Gerry Adams
The Nativity (2010) The Archangel Gabriel



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