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Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor and director, who has a net worth of $8 Million. He’s been a screen fixture for more than 30 years and a big name in the film and TV industry in his native country. Brendan acted in more than 100 movies in his successful career.

He’s worked with some of the high-profile names in the business, from Steven Spielberg to the Coen brothers and much more. Since the start of his acting career, Brendan has proved himself a versatile actor.

Gleeson first gained popularity for his performance as Alastor Moody in the film series, “Harry Potter” (2005-2010). In 2009 his outstanding performance in the HBO movie, “Into the Storm” won him an Emmy Award for his role as Winston Churchill.

What is Brendan Gleeson’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$8 Million
BornMarch 29, 1955
Salary (Annual)$1 Million
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Brendan Gleeson was born on March 29, 1955, in Dublin, Ireland, to Frank Gleeson and Pat Gleeson. His mother Pat passed away in 2007 and his father Frank a few years later in 2010. As a child, Brendan had expressed himself as being an avid reader and loved to learn from a very young age.

He especially loved to read classical texts outside of school and took great interest in Irish playwrights such as Samual Beckett. This eventually led to Brendan performing in his high school production of the play “Waiting for Godot.”

Brendan received his second-level education at  St Joseph’s CBS in Dublin where he was in the drama club. After completing 12th grade he spent a couple of years with the Dublin Shakespeare Festival. After taking advice from the director he moved to London to audition for some drama schools.

Before this, Brendan attended University College Dublin, majoring in Irish and English, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. After receiving training as an actor, he began working as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English at the Catholic Belcamp College in North County Dublin, which closed in 2004.


While teaching Brendan was working simultaneously as an actor, doing semi-professional and professional productions in Dublin. He appeared in many of the theater company’s hit plays including, Brownbread in 1987, Home in 1988, and more.

He also wrote three plays for the Passion Machine Theatre Company “The Birdtable in 1987”and “Breaking Up in 1988.” Brendan was invited for an audition for The Royal Shakespeare Company at one point in Stratford upon Avon and spent a couple of seasons in English on the stage.

In the early 1990s, Brendan decided to leave his teaching profession to commit full-time to acting. In his mid-30s he auditioned for movies in the UK and built his resume, playing many diverse characters.


Brendan first gained fame in Ireland when he played Michael Collins in the TV movie, “The Treaty.” His performance helped him to win the Jacob’s Award in 1992. While he got his first rose to fame, Brendan’s breakout role came in the film, “Braveheart.” In 1995 he played the supporting role of Hamish Campbell in this film.

Brendan’s next hit film was “The General” in 1998 where he was cast in the lead role. He won the Boston Society of Film Critics award. This was a charming but intimidating character for Brendan to play.

In 2000 he got an opportunity to appear in Tom Cruise’s blockbuster movie, “Mission: Impossible 2.” The film was a massive success grossing $546.4 million at the box office. In 2001 Brendan worked with Borman in his 2001 film, “The Tailor of Panama.” That same year he appeared in the movie, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

In 2002 Brendan acted in the film “Gangs of New York” and a number of other big on-screen movies around the same time. Such as “Cold Mountain,” “Lake Placid,” “28 Days Later…” and then in 2004 he was in “The Village” and “Troy.”

In 2009 Gleeson played Winston Churchill in the HBO Television film, “Into the Storm” for which he won an Emmy Award. By this time he was already quite famous in staying anonymous or low profile had proved difficult for the actor.

Brendan took on the character of Professor Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody in the hit “Harry Potter Films.” He played his character in the fourth, fifth, and seventh Harry Potter Films, which was a big role for him.

Brendan Gleeson as seen in a post (Brendan Gleeson/Instagram)
Brendan Gleeson as seen in a post (Brendan Gleeson/Instagram)


In 2006 Gleeson starred in the short film “Six Sho#ter” which won an Academy Award for the best live-action short film. Two years later he starred in the film, “In Bruges” and his performance was huge critical acclaim earning Brendan several award nominations including his first Golden Globe nominee.

In 2013 he played the role of Murray French in the film, “The Grand Seduction” alongside Taylor Kitsch. Then in 2016, he was in the sci-fi, “Assassin’s Creed.” A year after he was in the crime drama “Live by Night” as well as completed the short film, “Psychic” which he directed and acted.

Also in 2017 the crime drama TV show, “Mr. Mercedes” premiered in which he played the lead character of Hodges alongside co-star Harry Treadaway. A year later Brendan began appearing in the Western Anthology film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Outside of acting, he also has a passion for music. Gleeson played the fiddle during his roles in Cold Mountain, Michael Collins, and some others. He played some in his most recent movie, “The Banshees of Inisherin.” This film was released in 2022 and was another chance for Gleeson to work with filmmaker Martin McDonagh.

Personal Life

Brendan and Mary Weldon have been married since 1982. The couple is in a good relationship and enjoying their luxurious lifestyle. In 1983 their first son Domhnall Gleeson was born and later their second son Brian Gleeson was born in 1987. Both of them are actors.

Brendan also has two more sons, Fergus Gleeson, and Rúairí Gleeson. All 4 sons co-starred with Brendan in a TV special “Immaturity for Charity” in 2012. One of his sons, Domhnall made his appearance in the blockbuster “Harry Potter” film series.

Career Highlights

  • In Bruges, (Film, 2008)
  • Into the Storm, (Film, 2009)
  • The Guard, (Comedy film, 2011)
  • Calvary, (Drama film, 2014)
  • Mr. Mercedes, (TV Series, 2017)
  • Harry Potter series of films, (Playing ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody in 2005, 2007, and 2010)
  • BAFTA Awards, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Leading Role _ Nomination
  • Emmy Awards, Excellent Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Film _ Won
  • 5 Golden Globe Awards_ Nominations
  • British Independent Film Awards, Best Actor and Supporting Actor _ Won
  • 14 Irish Film & Television Awards _ 2 Won
  • 2 National Society of Film Critics, Best Actor _ Nominations
  • 7 Satellite Awards, Best Actor _ 2 Won

Brendan Gleeson Net Worth

Brendan Gleeson is a popular  Irish actor, producer, and director from Dublin, Ireland. He has quite the iconic career path both in his native Ireland and globally too. There are so many roles that seem to be made just for this talented actor.

Gleeson is one of the high-profile and most successful actors in the Irish entertainment industry. He made a name for himself through his acting skills all around the world. Brendan has worked in numerous television shows and movies, and he has won several awards throughout his career.

Brendan mainly earns from acting in big projects like films and television series. He has accumulated a lot of wealth for portraying his character in the hit film series, “Harry Potter.”

Gleeson made his appearance in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005),” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007),” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010).” All these three movies reportedly earned nearly $7.7 billion at the box office worldwide. As of 2023, Brendan Gleeson’s net worth is estimated to be $8 Million.

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