Barry Keoghan

Barry Keoghan
Barry Keoghan at Dunkirk World Premiere.jpg
Keoghan in 2017
Born (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 29)
Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland
Years active2011–present

Barry Keoghan (/ˈkjɡən/ KYOH-gən;[1] born 18 October 1992) is an Irish actor. He has appeared in the films Dunkirk (2017) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), for which he won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, and received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. Keoghan also appeared in Calm with Horses (2019), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the RTÉ drama Love/Hate (2013). In 2021, he appeared as Druig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Eternals.

Keoghan is an ambassador for Dior[2] and Barretstown.[3] In 2020, he was listed at number 27 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.[4]

Early life[]

Keoghan grew up in Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland.[5] Alongside his brother Eric, he spent seven years in foster care, in 13 different foster homes.[6]


As a child, Keoghan appeared in school plays in the O'Connell School on Dublin's North Richmond Street,[7] but was banned for "messing about".[8] He cites he got his film education from sneaking into films with pals at Cineworld, Parnell Street, from which he eventually got barred.[7] He started his acting career in 2011.[9][10] He answered an advertisement for Between the Canals after seeing a casting notice in a Sheriff Street shop window,[7] and portrayed Aido in a small role in the film, which was released in 2011.[5] He then studied acting at The Factory, a local Dublin school.[5] He remembers "not even having €2.20 to get the bus to The Factory" at the time.[7] The same year, at the age of 18, he appeared in Fair City.[8]

In 2013, Keoghan appeared as Wayne on Love/Hate.[11][12] The role earned Keoghan recognition in Ireland, and he went on to feature in '71 in 2014 and Mammal and Trespass Against Us in 2016.[13][14]

Keoghan appeared in two films in 2017. He featured as George Mills in Dunkirk and starred as Martin Lang in The Killing of a Sacred Deer alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.[8] He won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Killing of a Sacred Deer.[15] The following year, he appeared in Black '47 as Hobson, an English soldier stationed in Ireland during the Great Famine.[8] He also starred in American Animals the same year. He portrayed Spencer Reinhart in the film, based on a real-life robbery of rare books from a university library.[8] In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter described Keoghan as "the next big thing" for his film work in the previous three years,[8] and in 2019 he was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[16]

He features in the 2019 mini-series Chernobyl.[12] He starred in an episode of Living With Lucy in September 2019.[17] That same month, Calm With Horses premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[18] In July 2018, Keoghan was cast as lead character Yorick Brown in the pilot of Y: The Last Man,[11][19] but exited the main series production in February 2020.[20] Keoghan played Druig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals in November 2021.[21] He also appeared in The Green Knight.[22]

Keoghan appeared in Matt Reeves' film The Batman (2022) cred as "Unseen Arkham Prisoner", though Reeves himself later confirmed that Keoghan was the Joker.[23][24] On March 24, 2022, three weeks after the film's release, Warner Bros. released a deleted scene featuring Keoghan's Joker and Robert Pattinson's Batman.[25]

Personal life[]

Keoghan is an amateur boxer.[26]

From 2017 to 2020 Keoghan was in a relationship with Killarney native Shona Guerin, whom he had met on Good Friday in a Killarney pub in which she was working.[27][28] The pair appeared on Livin' with Lucy together in 2019 in which Lucy Kennedy stayed with them in their LA home.[27] In August 2020 it was speculated that they had broken up[27] which was confirmed in September 2021 when Keoghan shared a picture on instagram of himself with new girlfriend Alyson Sandro (a dentist whose father is from County Cavan)[7] at Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow.[28] A few months later, on Ireland's Mother's Day, March 27th 2022, he announced through Instagram that the couple are expecting a child together.[29] The birth of their child was announced on Keoghan’s instagram on 8th August 2022.[30]

In March 2022, Keoghan was announced as the new ambassador for the Barretstown children’s charity, and helped open the charity’s new Aladina Studio funded by the Spanish Aladina Foundation.[3]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Stand Up Stand up Bully Short
Between the Canals Aido
2012 Stalker Tommy
King of the Travellers Young Dublin Lad
2013 Jack Taylor: Priest Hoodie 1 TV Movie
Wasted Ben Short film
Life's a Breeze Pizza Guy
Stay Sean Meehan
2014 '71 Sean Bannon [9]
Standby Crusty
North Aaron Short
2015 Norfolk Boy [31][32]
Traders Ken
The Break Sean Short
2016 Mammal Joe [33][34]
Trespass Against Us Windows [35][36]
Candy Floss Shane Short film [37]
2017 Light Thereafter Pavel [38]
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Martin Lang [33]
Dunkirk George Mills [33]
2018 American Animals Spencer Reinhard [39]
Black '47 Hobson [40]
2019 Calm With Horses Dymphna [18]
2021 The Green Knight Scavenger [22]
Eternals Druig [41]
2022 The Batman Unseen Arkham Prisoner [42]
The Banshees of Inisherin Dominic Kearney Post-production [43]
TBA Saltburn Filming [44][45]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fair City Dave Donoghue 3 episodes[9]
2013 Love/Hate Wayne 6 episodes[9]
2016 Rebellion Cormac McDevitt 4 episodes[9]
2019 Chernobyl Pavel 2 episodes[46]
2019 Livin' with Lucy Himself [17]
TBA Masters of the Air Lt. Curtis Biddick Upcoming miniseries
2023 Top Boy Jonny Netflix [47]

Awards and nominations[]

Award nominations for Barry Keoghan
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role – Film Mammal Nominated [9]
2017 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year The Killing of a Sacred Deer Won [48]
2017 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
FCC Breakout Award Nominated
2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2018 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor American Animals Nominated
2018 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor The Killing of a Sacred Deer Nominated
2018 Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2018 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [49]
2018 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Nominated [50]
2018 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Film Won [15]
2019 British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Nominated [16]
2021 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Calm with Horses Nominated [51]


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