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Stanley Townsend

Stanley Townsend
Full name
Stanley Townsend
Place Of Birth
Dublin, Ireland
FAO: Stanley Townsend
Gordon & French
12-13 Poland Street
London W1F 8QB, UK

Stanley Townsend was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. After grammar school, while studying Maths and Civil Engineering at Trinity College, he joined the Amateur Dramatic Society. The acting bug bit and there was no looking back.

Co-founder of the cooperative theatre company Rough Magic with writer/director Declan Hughes and theatre director Lynn Parker, he performed in numerous productions including 'The Country Wife', 'Nightshade', and 'Sexual Perversity' in Chicago. He subsequently went on to perform in several productions at The Gate and The Abbey Theatres in Dublin. In London, Stanley has worked with directors such as Sam Mendes in 'The Plough and the Stars', Richard Eyre in 'Guys and Dolls' and Rufus Norris in 'Under the Blue Star's. Other theatre appearances at the Royal Court include 'The Alice Trilogy' directed by Ian Rickson and 'The Shining City' directed by Conor McPherson which he was nominated for Best Actor at The Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2004.

Stanley's television work began on a number of shows for RTE in Dublin. Since moving to London, television appearances have included 'Spooks', 'The Commander', 'Hustle', 'Waking the Dead', 'Omagh Bombing' and 'Rough Diamond'.

His film credits include Mike Newell's 'Into the West', James Sheridan's 'In The Name of the Father' with Daniel Day-Lewis, 'The Van' directed by Stephen Frears, Peter Greenaway's 'Tulse Luper', 'The Libertine' with Johnny Depp, Paul Morrison's 'Wondrous Oblivion' with Delroy Lindo, John Boorman's 'The Tiger's Tale' and Michael Radford's 'Flawless'.

He currently lives in London and continues to work around the world.

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The Abominable Bride

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