|Full Name Jack Gleeson|
Occupation Actor, student
Height 1.70 m
|Years active 2002–2014|
Name Jack Gleeson
|Born 20 May 1992 (age 23) (1992-05-20) Cork, Ireland|
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Siblings Rachel Gleeson, Hannah Gleeson
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Movies and TV shows Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, All Good Children, A Shine of Rainbows, Shrooms
Similar People Sophie Turner, Richard Madden, Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Peter Dinklage
Education Trinity College, Dublin
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Jack Gleeson (born 20 May 1992) is a former Irish actor, best known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.
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- Early life
Despite his early breakthrough on Thrones, which won critical acclaim, Gleeson has stated that he disliked acting for television and film, and has left that profession since 2014. He currently runs his own touring theater company, whose debut show—Bears in Space—premiered in Ireland in 2016.
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Gleeson was born in Cork, Ireland. Gleeson attended Gonzaga College for his secondary education. He attended drama classes when young, with his sisters Rachel and Emma who are also actresses in Ireland.
Gleeson is a student of Trinity College, Dublin, studying philosophy and theology and he is also a member of DU Players. In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship at the same university.
Gleeson began acting at the age of seven in the Independent Theatre Workshop. His first roles were in films such as Reign of Fire in 2002, Batman Begins in 2005, Shrooms in 2007, and A Shine of Rainbows in 2009. In 2010, he appeared in a leading role in All Good Children. The reviewer for Variety magazine considered Gleeson "the pic's big discovery".
Gleeson starred as Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He cites Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his performance. He is a founder and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin.
In 2012, Gleeson indicated an intention to retire from acting to pursue an academic career once his work on Game of Thrones was finished. In 2014, Gleeson confirmed he would be permanently retiring from acting after concluding his work in Game of Thrones. In the same interview, he stated that while he had previously been interested in pursuing academia, he had since 'gone off that idea'.
In 2015, Gleeson starred in the puppetry shows Bears in Space created by his theatre company Collapsing Horse and in mid-2016 the show premiered in New York.