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Michael plays the key role of Roose Bolton in HBO’s brilliant television series, Game Of Thrones. He is currently rehearsing a new play by Conor McPherson called The Night Alive with Ciarán Hinds and Brían Gleeson, opening in the Donmar Warehouse in June.
His recent film and TV project includes: James Clarke in Superhero, (Ian Fitzgibbon, Tribeca Film), Mr Moore in Albert Nobbs, (Rodrigo García, Mockingbird), Shadow Dancer (BBC/ATO), Albert Hatton in Titanic, Blood and Steel (Ciarán Donnelly for DAP) and Lord Roose Bolton in Game Of Thrones for HBO. He has just wrapped filming series regular roles in Ripper Street (BBC) and The Fall (BBC) both of which will air later this year on BBCTV. He will soon resume filming the role of Lord Roose Bolton in the forthcoming season of Game of Thrones (HBO). Other recent work includes Frank in Parked (Darragh Byrne, Rippelworld) and Pat Lynch in the Oscar-nominated short Pentecost (Peter McDonald, EMU). Other recent work includes Ross in The Santa Incident for Parallel Films/Hallmark and Heuber in Zen for the BBC (director, Simon Bourke).
His theatre work includes: Romeo and Juliet (Abbey), The Seafarer (National Theatre, London), Shining City (Royal Court/Gate Theatre), Twenty Grand (Abbey), The Wexford Trilogy (Tricycle), An Ideal Husband (Gate Theatre), The White Devil (Loose Canon), Car Show (The Corn Exchange), Greatest Hits, The Midnight Court (Project Arts Centre), The Way of the World (Rough Magic), A Decision Pure and Simple (Riverside Studio), An Enemy of the People (Young Vic), As You Like It (Rose Theatre), The Wind in the Willows (Sheffield Crucible), Little Malcolm and the Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Basingstoke/BAC), Handsome, Handicapped and Hebrew (Grove Theatre), Elizabeth Barton (Tabard Theatre) and Water Music (Cockpit Theatre).
Other Films include Man on the Run, The Tiger’s Tail, Mickybo and Me, Spin the Bottle, Intermission, The Actors, Blowdry, Saltwater, Crush Proof, Just in Time, All Souls’ Day, I Went Down and November Afternoon. Television credits include Whistleblower, Hide and Seek, Paths to Freedom, for which he received an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor, Fergus’s Wedding, (RTÉ), Aristocrats, Vicious Circle, Rebel Heart, The Ambassador (BBC), My Boy Jack (Ecosse) and The Loser (Channel 4). Writing credits include Paths to Freedom, Fergus’s Wedding and Spin the Bottle, Parked, Happy Ever Afters, Fifty Dead Men Walking.