Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, Reign of Fire, Shrooms, A Shine of Rainbows
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Jack Gleeson is an Irish actor, who won critical acclaim playing Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011–2014). Gleeson has not acted in TV or film since this role.
He currently runs his own touring theatre company, whose debut puppet show—Bears in Space—premiered in Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014.
Gleeson began acting at the age of seven in the Independent Theatre Workshop. His first roles were in films such as Reign of Fire in 2002, Batman Begins in 2005, Shrooms in 2007, and A Shine of Rainbows in 2009. In 2010, he appeared in a leading role in All Good Children. The reviewer for Variety magazine considered Gleeson “the pic’s big discovery”.
Gleeson starred as Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He cites Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his performance. He is a founder and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin.
In 2012, Gleeson indicated an intention to retire from acting to pursue an academic career once his work on Game of Thrones was finished. In 2014, Gleeson retired from acting after concluding his work in Game of Thrones. In an interview, he stated that while he had previously been interested in pursuing academia, he had since ‘gone off that idea’.
In 2015, Gleeson starred in the puppetry shows Bears in Space created by his theatre company Collapsing Horse and in mid-2016 the show premiered in New York.
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