Patrick George "Paddy" Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He has played a number of dark, troubled, and morally or mentally ambiguous characters. Considine frequently collaborates with Shane Meadows. He has starred in films such as In America, Dead Man's Shoes, The Cry of the Owl, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End.
Considine came to prominence in the early 2000s with a string of performances in independent films that prompted The Observer to describe him as "the best-kept secret in British movies". In addition to leading and supporting roles in Hollywood films, he has acted in independent British films and television shows. He wrote and directed Tyrannosaur, a 2011 film based on his directorial debut, the 2007 short film Dog Altogether. He had acted in and written several music videos, most notably the Arctic Monkeys video for "Leave Before the Lights Come On".
Considine has received an Evening Standard British Film Award, Empire Award, and Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards, as well as eight other award nominations for his acting. He has also won a BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize) for his short film Dog Altogether. He won a second BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, and a World Cinema Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Tyrannosaur.
Considine was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, where he still resides. He grew up with his brother and sisters in a council estate in Winshill, a suburb of Burton. Considine attended, among other schools, Abbot Beyne Senior School and Burton College. In 1990, Considine enrolled to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Burton College, where he first met Shane Meadows. Neither of them completed the course.
In 1994, Considine moved away to study photography at the University of Brighton. While there he studied under the social documentarian Paul Reas, who described one project, portraits of Considine's parents in their house in Winshill, as "fucking brilliant". At one point, Considine was threatened with expulsion, but graduated with a first-class B.A..
After graduating from university, Meadows cast Considine in several short films, as well as his second feature, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999). Considine, in his screen debut, played the disturbed character Morell. Considine's performance in the film led to Pawel Pawlikowski casting him in his first starring role in Last Resort (2000). Considine played the love-struck misfit Alfie, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. After coming to prominence for his roles as Alfie and Morell, Considine increased his profile during the early to mid-2000s with supporting and starring roles in cult films such as 24 Hour Party People and In America.
In 2004, Considine starred in what was then the most significant role of his career, as Richard in Meadows' revenge film Dead Man's Shoes (2004), a film he co-wrote and for which he won the Best British Actor award at the 2005 Empire Awards. In the same year, he starred in My Summer of Love, his second film with director Pawel Pawlikowski. Both films were recognised on the award circuit, where Considine earned five nominations and two wins. The following year, Considine played Frank Thorogood (the suspected murderer of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones) in Stoned (2005). It was around this time that Considine earned his reputation as a popular portrayer of cinema villains, antiheroes, and darker characters. 2005 also saw the release of Considine's second Hollywood film, Cinderella Man.
Considine appeared in the Spanish thriller Bosque de Sombras (2006). It was during the filming of this that Considine penned what later became his debut short, Dog Altogether. Considine claims that it was his co-star Gary Oldman who gave him confidence to make the film, which led to him thanking Oldman during his BAFTA acceptance speech. In 2006, he starred in Pu-239 as Timofey Berezin, a worker at a Russian nuclear facility who gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In 2007, Considine landed roles in two popular big budget films; the third film in the Bourne Trilogy film series, The Bourne Ultimatum, in which he played newspaper reporter Simon Ross, and Hot Fuzz, in which he had his first comedic role as DS Andy Wainwright. In 2008, Considine starred in My Zinc Bed a TV film for BBC / HBO. In 2009, he starred as Peter Hunter in the Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord, based on the novels by David Peace, and another collaboration with Meadows, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, a film which was unscripted, adlibbed, and filmed in five days at a cost of Â£48,000, and which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
In 2011, Considine starred in a film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's book Submarine, which Richard Ayoade wrote and directed. Also in 2011, Considine appeared as Porter Nash in the adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel Blitz, as well as starring as Jack Whicher in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. In the same year, Considine was briefly reunited with one of his A Room for Romeo Brass co-stars, BAFTA-winning actress Vicky McClure. The two shared the screen in a television advert to promote "Films for Life Season". The ad was shot over two days in Spain.
Considine has consistently displayed a flair for regional and world accents; along with the Gypsy Midlander Morell in his first role in 1999's A Room for Romeo Brass, Considine played a Londoner in Stoned and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, a Russian nuclear plant worker in Pu-239, a Welshman in Submarine, Happy Now and Pride, an Irish immigrant in In America, a Mancunian in Red Riding, a Yorkshireman in My Summer of Love, an American in Cry of the Owl and Cinderella Man, and a West Countryman in Hot Fuzz. He has appeared in several music videos, most notably "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (2002) by Coldplay and Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (2003), as well as the Arctic Monkeys track "Leave Before The Lights Come On" (2006), for which he wrote the video.
Considine starred in The World's End, as one of the "Five Musketeers" reattempting an "epic" pub crawl. Considine previously worked with the cast and crew on Hot Fuzz (2007). The film was released in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2013, and the United States on 23 August 2013. Considine is also currently writing his next film: an adaptation of non-fiction novel The Years of the Locust by Jon Hotten, the true story of a sociopathic boxing promoter, Fat Rick Parker, and his doomed relationship with his naive fighter, Tim Anderson. The film has been optioned by Inflammable/Warp Films. Considine is also writing a film from a ghost story called The Leaning, with plans to direct both films. He will continue to work with Shane Meadows on King of the Gypsies, a biopic of bare-knuckle fighter Bartley Gorman, whom Considine met and became friends with whilst working as a photographer. In 2015, Considine was announced as having been cast along Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton in the UK zombie film She Who Brings Gifts, based on the 2014 novel The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey, expected release 2016.
In 2007, Paddy Considine wrote and directed the award-winning short film Dog Altogether, starring Peter Mullan, partially based on the life of Considine's father. Dog Altogether won the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Short Film, as well as a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, a Best British Short at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize), as well as a World Cinema Directing Award for his feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
After a short stint in a virtual comedy thrash group called Grunt during college, Considine and Shane Meadows formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by the Black Crowes song of the same name) with friends Richard Eaton, Simon Hudson, and Nick Hemming, with Meadows as vocalist and Considine as drummer. He is now in a rock band called Riding the Low, who have released an EP 'They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts' (2009), and an album 'What Happened To The Get To Kno Ya?' (2013).
Considine remains private in his personal life and once stated that if he ever became a celebrity, he'd "disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day-Lewis" (a reference to Day-Lewis' sabbatical working as a cobbler in Italy). Considine lives in Burton upon Trent with his family. Considine's late father was Irish.
In April 2011, Considine revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
In May 2013, following an Irlen screening, Considine revealed that he had been found to suffer from a visual perception condition called Irlen syndrome, which stops individuals from processing full spectral light and results in behavioural issues. He now wears Irlen filters as tinted contact lenses on set, or glasses in other locations, to reduce the brain's exposure to certain colours of light.
Awards and nominations
- Paddy Considine at the Internet Movie Database
- Paddy Considine at BFI Film & TV Database
- In his own words; Paddy Considine Interview
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- Paddy Considine Famous people with Asperger Syndrome