Aiden Gillen Biography

Aiden Gillen is an Irish actor, mostly known for portraying the role of Petyr Baelish, or Littlefinger, on the HBO show “Game of Thrones.” But some people do not realize that Aiden has been an established actor before and has had many prolific roles both on TV and in the movies already. The rising success of the show and his character is what has launched him and gave him more work than he has ever had in this part of his career.

Aiden Gillen was mostly known in Britain and his home country of Ireland before getting his first major role. He used to star in the critically acclaimed “Queer as Folk” series aired on Channel 4 and also had a Broadway role on Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker.” His latter performance was what help him get into the mainstream. He was spotted by the producers of HBO’s “The Wire” and was cast to play Tommy Carcetti in the famed series. This role marks Aiden’s first rise to prominence outside his native land. He would then go to appear in “12 Rounds” (2009) and “Freefall” (2009).

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Aidan Gillen and Sophie Turner in “Game of Thrones”

But it was the year of 2011 when Aiden was cast in yet another famed HBO’s show. Although “The Wire” has a cult following with fans, it was him being offered a role in the “Game of Thrones” that redefined his career. He soon become one of the favorite characters on the show for his portrayal of the mischievous Littlefinger and the role also earned him numerous awards.

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This brought to Aiden Gillen getting much bigger roles, even in blockbuster movies. So he stared in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), where he had a small but a memorable part. He said that he prefers smaller movies compared to getting smaller roles in blockbuster movies, and has stick to it after this through his career. He then stared in a UK series titled “Mayday,” and appeared in an Irish film called “Cavalry” (2014). He most recently starred in such moves as “Sing Street” (2016), “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017), “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” (2015), and the latest season of BBC series “Peaky Blinders”.

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Aidan Gillen in “Game of Thrones”

Aiden Gillen Net Worth and Salary

Aiden Gillen has managed to increase his earnings with the recent roles he has been getting. Owing to the commercial success that almost every “Game of Thrones” actor has had, he too has been able to enlarge his earnings. In fact, he was able to get a substantial increase, but the details were not released publicly. But he is not included in the list of the top tier actors and actresses, either way he manages to earn a very hefty sum to his name. His total net worth is now given at 4 million dollars.

Aiden Gillen Wife and Family

Aiden Gillen used to be married with Olivia O’Flanagan. She was the love of his life and he used to state that on numerous occasions. They actually met in their teens and were dating for a very long time. She gave him two children, a daughter named Berry in 1997 and a son named Joe in 2000. The following year they finally decided to get married officially. But things did not go as one would hope they would. Olivia and Aiden got separated in 2014 and are now officially divorced. Reasons for their break have never been made public. Currently, Aiden Gillen is dating an Irish singer named Camille O’Sullivan. Rumors started emerging about them seeing each other when they were spotted spending time together. They finally came out and made their relationship public and are currently dating.

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Aiden Gillen with his son and daughter

Aiden Gillen Age

Aiden Gillen was born in Drumcondra, Dublin on 24 April 1969. This makes his current age at 49 years old. He spent most of his life in Dublin and was educated at St. Vincent’s C.B.S. in Glasnevin. He actually started his acting career when he was still a teenager as he appeared with the Dublin Youth Theatre, and portrayed many roles. It is what helped him to actually start acting and is what got him to where he is right now. His siblings include an older sister Fionnuala Murphy who is an actress, an older brother John Paul Murphy who is a playwright, and another older sister Patricia Murphy, who is a teacher. This makes Aiden the youngest one in the family.

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Height and Weight

Aiden Gillen is getting closer to his 50s, so he is not much of doing any physical roles. Yet he still manages to keep fit as much as he can and watches his appearance. You can tell that by his body measurements. He is 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm and is 68 kg or 150 lbs tall. His chest size is 41 in or 104 cm, arms 14 in or 35.5 cm and waist 33 in or 84 cm.

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Aiden Gillen and his ex-wife Olivia O’Flanagan

Aiden Gillen Name

Aiden Gillen is actually using his mother’s name as his professional name. Aiden was born as Aiden Murphy, which is his father’s surname and has used it for the better part of his young life. But when he was starting acting more seriously and wanted to register at the Actor’s Guild, he found out that the name Aiden Murphy was already taken. As he wanted to make a name for himself and not to be confused with any other actors, he decided to take his mother’s maiden name, Gillen, and use that instead. It appears that it worked as a lucky charm as Aiden Gillen is much more popular that Aiden Murphy.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Aiden Gillen was born and raised in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. This makes his nationality Irish and his ethnic group Caucasian.

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