Laurence Kinlan was born in Dublin. His first role was playing the lead in Alan Bleasdale’s drama, Soft Sand Blue Sea for Channel 4. Other feature films include: Angela’s Ashes, Saltwater, Everlasting Piece, Last Days in Dublin, On The Nose directed by David Caffrey and Country directed by Kevin Liddy. He appeared in the TV series The Bill directed by Pip Broughton and as one of the main characters in RTE’s On Home Ground. In Ireland Laurence is currently best known as the series regular character Elmo in Love/Hate a TV mini-series by Stuart Carolan, directed by David Caffrey for Octagon Films/RTE and starring Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gillen which won numerous IFTA nominations in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Laurence appeared in all 5 seasons of the show. Laurence also appeared in the hit feature The Guard written and directed by John McDonagh and starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson and more recently in the role of Tony Gregory in Charlie, a three part mini-series produced by Touchpaper Films/RTE.
Other screen work includes: Ned Kelly as Dan Kelly alongside Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Naomi Watts in a Universal Pictures/Working Title production directed by Gregor Jordan. Veronica Guerin directed by Joel Schumacher, The Halo Effect directed by Lance Daly, Intermission directed by John Crowley, Boy Eats Girl directed by Stephen Bradley and as Irwin in Breakfast on Pluto directed by Neil Jordan. Other films include Small Engine Repair directed by Niall Heery for Subotica Films and Johnny Was directed by Mark Hammond. He appeared as Doyle in My Boy Jack, directed by Brian Kirk for Ecosse/ITV.
Theatre appearances include the role of Leonard in On Such As We, directed by Wilson Milam at the Abbey Theatre, A Month in the Country, directed by Jason Byrne, at the Abbey Theatre and Poor Beast in the Rain directed by Conor McPherson at the Gate Theatre, Dublin for which he was nominated for the Irish Times Best Supporting Actor Award 2006. Laurence appeared in Edward Bond’s Saved directed by Jimmy Fay at the Peacock Theatre and in Roddy Doyle’s adaptation of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Jimmy Fay at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Laurence played Bartley in Druid Theatre Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Garry Hynes, which transferred to the Atlantic Theater, New York after appearing at the Dublin Theatre Festival and on UK and Irish tour, was nominated for several Outer Circle Critic and Drama League Awards and which went on to tour across the United States of America (2011). He has also appeared as Mossey Lannigan in Christ Deliver Us!, by Tom Kilroy directed by Wayne Jordan at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin for which he received the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 and as The Covey in Wayne Jordan’s hugely acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars also at the Abbey Theatre and on international tour. He appeared in The Threepenny Opera directed by Wayne Jordan in the Gate Theatre and as Ronan in the smash hit Ross O’Carroll-Kelly show Breaking Dad at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.