Dublin-born Colin Farrell, a star in Ireland already thanks to his role as Danny Byrne on the hit series Ballykissangel. After two years on the series, he decided to leave and try his luck in other areas of acting. Soon after gaining the services of a Hollywood agent, he landed a leading role in a Joel Schumacher film. At the age of 15, Colin, the son of Irish soccer star Eamon Farrell, chose to pursue a career in acting rather than follow in his father's footsteps. He then entered Dublin's Gaeity Drama School, but left shortly before he landed the role of Danny on Ballykissangel. Following Ballykissangel, Farrell landed, among other places, on the London stage, and finally, LA, where he got an agent.
Colin Farrell is on the verge of becoming a big name in ShowBiz thanks to his critically praised role as rebellious Bozz in Joel Schumacher's Vietnam-era drama Tigerland. The film follows a group of young soldiers training in Louisiana on their way to battle. While reviews for the film as a whole have been positive, most writers have singled out Farrell as the flawed hero leading man his Hollywood generation has been waiting for.
Hollywood has wasted no time in snatching up Colin. He has three major films slated for release next year, including a major summer western, an Oscar-baiting World War II drama, and a thriller that teams him up with director Schumacher again in Phone Booth - a role that was
previously offered to Will Smith and Jim Carrey.. He has also since acted opposite Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey in Ordinary Decent Criminal.