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Paddy Considine
Born 5 September 1973 (1973-09-05) (age 36)
Burton upon Trent, East Staffordshire, England
Occupation Actor, Film Director & Musician
Years active 1999—present
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Patrick "Paddy" Considine (born 5 September, 1973) is an English actor, director, screenwriter and frequent collaborator with Shane Meadows.

To international audiences, he may be more familiar for his roles in In America, The Bourne Ultimatum, 24 Hour Party People, My Summer of Love and Hot Fuzz.

His directorial debut, the short film Dog Altogether, won a number of awards including the 2008 BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.



Considine was born in Burton upon Trent in East Staffordshire. He grew up with his brother and sisters in a council house on Vancouver Drive in the large Manners Estate in Winshill, a suburb of Burton. He attended High Bank Infants, Joseph Clarke Junior and finally Abbot Beyne Senior until 1990, when he enrolled to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts. It was at the start of this course, at the Winshill-based Ada Chadwick campus (now demolished) of Burton College, where Considine first met Shane Meadows.

After a short stint in a virtual, comedy thrash group called Grunt, Considine formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by a Black Crowes song of the same name) with Richard Eaton and Simon Hudson, Nick Hemming as lead guitar, Meadows as vocalist and "Bamm-Bamm" Considine (after Bamm-Bamm Rubble of The Flinstones) as drummer. Considine is now in a rock band called Riding The Low.

He went on to get a first class degree in photography at The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Brighton. He resides in Burton upon Trent with his wife and three children.


Neither Considine nor Meadows completed their Performing Arts course at Burton college, and Considine moved away to study photography in Brighton. After his return from university, Meadows cast Considine in several short films, as well as his second feature - A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) in which Considine plays the disturbed character Morell. Considine went on to star in Meadows' revenge film Dead Man's Shoes (2004), a film he also co-wrote.

Considine's outstanding performance in A Room For Romeo Brass had not gone unnoticed and Pawel Pawlikowski cast him in Last Resort (2000) the following year. Considine played the love struck misfit Alfie, for which he won the best actor award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Considine has since secured nominations at numerous British film awards including one for his role as Johnny in Jim Sheridan's In America (2003).

As well as his lead roles he has had a number of supporting roles in films such as Born Romantic (2000), The Martins (2001), and 24 Hour Party People (2002). During this period he also appeared in music videos, most notably "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (2002) by Coldplay and Irish/English band Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (2003). Other high-profile films include Pawlikowski's My Summer of Love (2004), Cinderella Man (2005) alongside Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger, and Stoned (2005).

In 2006, Considine appeared in Spanish thriller Bosque de Sombras (also known as BackWoods) with British actor Gary Oldman, and PU-239 (also known as The Half Life of Timofey Berezin), a drama about the plutonium black market in Russia, with Australian actress Radha Mitchell from executive producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh. Considine also continued working in music videos with an appearance in the Arctic Monkeys track "Leave Before The Lights Come On". He featured in the action comedy Hot Fuzz from the writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright in 2007.

In the same year, he directed and wrote the short Dog Altogether starring Peter Mullan, partially based on the life of his father Joseph. Dog Altogether went on to win the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Short Film, as well as a Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival a Best British Short at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize).

Considine has appeared as a newspaper reporter in the 2007 spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum alongside Matt Damon.

The year 2008 found Considine starring in My Zinc Bed a TV movie for BBC/HBO alongside Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce. In 2009 he appeared in the Channel 4 mini series Red Riding based on the novels by David Peace and another collaboration with Shane Meadows - Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee a low-budget mockrockumentary featuring the Arctic Monkeys and UK rapper Scorzayzee which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Considine is attached to work on the films Blitz, Submarine, and Birdsong. He is also developing a short film, Tyrannosaur.

He has reported that he was shortlisted for the role of anti-hero Walter Kovacs / Rorschach in Warner Bros. Pictures' Watchmen (before it went to Jackie Earle Haley) & was offered the role of villain Jigsaw in Lionsgate's Punisher: War Zone but that the offer had been retracted.

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