Who is Liam Cunningham?
Liam is an award-winning Irish actor, possibly best known to the world as Solon in the film “Clash of the Titans” (2010), and as Davos Seaworth in the TV series “Game of Thrones” (2012-2019), in addition to many other roles he’s secured so far in his career.
What is Liam Cunningham Doing Now?
Liam is currently working on several projects; he’s Jepson Belgrave in the podcast horror series “Impact Winter” (2022), and is working on the horror film “Last Voyage of the Demeter” scheduled for release in August 2023. Moreover, he will star in the upcoming TV fantasy adventure series “The Three-Body Problem”, which will premiere in 2023.
Liam Cunningham Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Liam Cunningham was born on 2 June 1961, in East Wall, Dublin, Ireland, one of five children of Michael Cunningham and his wife Kathleen – he has three sisters and a brother.
Liam grew up in Kilmore West, and left school when he was 15 years old, but didn’t start acting until he was in his mid- 20s. Until then, Liam was an electrician in Zimbabwe, to where he moved, and for the next three years maintained electrical equipment at a safari park, and trained Zimbabwean electricians.
Once he returned to Ireland, he found himself in disbelief at how low electricians were paid and the job opportunities he had. As a result, he pursued his love for acting, enrolled into acting classes, and performed in plays at various local theatres. Liam then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and appeared in the play “Studs”, at Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London.
Liam’s on-screen career started in 1992, with the role of Policeman in the award-winning “Into the West”, starring Gabriel Bryne, Ellen Barkin and Ciaran Fitzgerald. The next year, he starred in the television movie “Poor Beast in the Rain”, a stage play filmed by the BBC, co-starring Ingrid Craigie and Dervla Kirwan.
He was off to a slow start on screen, appearing in a number of minor roles early in the decade. In 1995 he was Agravaine, a supporting character in Jerry Zucker’s action-adventure film “The First Knight”, with Sean Connery in the lead role.
Next, he secured his first major role in 1996 as Phillotson in the award-winning romantic-drama film “Jude”, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film starred Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet and follows the story of Jude, a stonemason, and his relationship with his liberal cousin Sue in 1800s England.
Before the ‘90s ended, Liam starred in the sci-fi action film “Police 2020” (1997), next to Rachel Davies and Nick Reding, and in 1998 he starred in the television movie “Falling for a Dancer”, based on the novel by Deirdre Purcell, with Elisabeth Walsh and Dermot Crowley as his co-stars.
In 1999, Liam appeared in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning biopic on Orson Welles and his effort to produce the film “Citizen Kane” (1941), entitled “RKO 281”, starring Live Schreiber, James Cromwell and Melanie Griffith.
Liam enjoyed success throughout the 2000s, beginning the new millennium with a co-starring role in the biopic about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton and her effort to unravel the unlawful activities of the Irish underworld, entitled “When the Sky Falls”, with Joan Allen and Patrick Bergin in the lead roles.
Two years later, Liam starred as Ryan in the award-winning horror action-thriller film “Dog Soldiers”, alongside Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, and Emma Cleasby, while in 2003, he starred in Dario Argento’s horror thriller-mystery film “The Card Player”.
Three years later in 2006, Liam starred with William Murphy and Padraic Delaney in the critically acclaimed war-drama film “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”, about brothers who fend off British forces during the Irish War of Independence.
Next, in 2008 he co-starred in the crime-thriller film “The Escapist”, with Brian Cox, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes as the main stars. The same year he appeared in Steve McQueen’s BAFTA-winning biopic about Bobby Sands, and the hunger strike in a Northern Irish prison, entitled “Hunger”, starring Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw and Brian Milligan.
In 2009, he appeared in several projects, including the action crime-drama film “Harry Brown”, directed by Daniel Barber, starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and David Bradley.
He began the new decade with the role of Solon in the critically acclaimed fantasy action-adventure “Clash of the Titans”, with Sam Worthington as Perseus, and Liam Neeson as Zeus in this modern take on Greek mythology.
The same year, he appeared in Larysa Kondracki’s award-winning biopic about Nebraska police woman Kathryn Bolkovac, who was a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia, and the one who unraveled UN and their efforts to cover up a sex-trafficking scandal, with Rachel Weisz in the lead role, accompanied by Monica Bellucci, and Vanessa Redgrave.
In 2011, Liam starred in the biopic about poet Ingrid Jonker in Apartheid-torn South Africa, entitled “Black Butterflies”, directed by Paula van der Oest, with Carice van Houten as the main star.
The following year, Liam was chosen for the role of Davos Seaworth, a landed knight who served Stannis Baratheon in the eponymous epic-fantasy action-drama series “Game of Thrones”, based on the books by George R.R. Martin. He appeared in 42 episodes of the critically-acclaimed series until 2019, ultimately joining the House of Stark, and proclaiming Jon Snow the King in the North.
While on the set of “Game of Thrones”, Liam worked on numerous other projects as his acting career received a new boost, thanks to the popularity of the series.
For instance, in 2014, he was Thomas in the biopic about Christina Noble, entitled “Noble”, written and directed by Stephen Bradley, about a woman who overcomes a difficult childhood in Ireland only to discover her true destiny in Saigon, with Deirdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene and Gloria Cramer Curtis.
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In 2017 he portrayed Wetzler in the sci-fi action-thriller film “24 Hours to Live”, starring Ethan Hawke, while in 2019, Liam co-starred in the short-lived award-winning sci-fi historical drama series “The Hot Zone”, that tells the story of the Ebola virus spreading, with Julianna Margulies, Tony Goldwyn and Noah Emmerich in the lead roles.
In further recent accomplishments, Liam appeared in the film “The Vault” (2021), and portrayed Livius in the historical-drama series “Domina” (2021), about the life and rise of Livia Drusilla, the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar.
According to reports, Liam Cunningham’s net worth has been estimated to be around $4 million as of late 2022, earned through his career as an actor, during which he’s made more than 110 film and TV appearances.
Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children
Liam Cunningham has been married to Colette since 1984, and the couple has welcomed three children, Ellen, Liam Cunningham Jr., and Sean Cunningham. They live in north Dublin.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
This popular actor has green eyes and black and grey hair. He stands at 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, while he weighs approximately 172lbs (78kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he has an average figure.