Artist Bios

Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle

(Bio as of February 2020)

Brendan Coyle (Frank Sweeney) returns to the Goodman following his debut last season in St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson. Other recent theatre credits include The Price (Theatre Royal Bath, Wyndham’s West End), Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Silver Tassie and The Late Henry Moss (Almeida Theatre), Buried Child and Battle Royal (National Theatre, London), Philadelphia Here I Come (Wyndham’s West End), The Changing Room (Royal Court/Duke Of York’s), Playboy Of The Western World and Pygmies In The Ruins (Lyric Belfast), The Plough And The Stars (Olympia, Dublin). Coyle also starred in the original production of The Weir at the Royal Court Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, winning both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

On screen, he is most recognized for playing Mr. Bates in Downton Abbey (ITV), for which he won three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and received Emmy, BAFTA and IFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor; and for playing Robert Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford (BBC). Recent television credits include Requiem (BBC/Netflix), Spotless (Netflix), Prime Suspect (ITV) and Omagh (Channel 4). Coyle’s recent film credits include Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke, Downton Abbey the movie, Unless and Me Before You.

With Goodman Theatre

  • St. Nicholas St. Nicholas
    1819 Season
    Play by Conor McPherson
    Directed by Simon Evans
  • Molly Sweeney Molly Sweeney
    1920 Season
    Play by Brian Friel
    Directed by Robert Falls