Actor Lalor Roddy to guest at the Capital Irish Film Festival

Lalor Roddy in  Don’t Leave Home

Lalor Roddy in Don’t Leave Home


Belfast native is star of many stages and screens large and small.

Irish Times theater critic Fintan O’Toole described Lalor Roddy a decade ago as ”surely the finest Irish actor of his generation” – that was before he broke into film in a big way. Now he might also be the busiest screen actor in Ireland. Followers of the Capital Irish Film Festival would have seen him in last year’s opening film “Zoo”, “Bad Day for the Cut,” “Maze” and “Made in Belfast.”

And unless you don’t subscribe to cable, you would know him as the Catspaw Assassin in the wildly successful HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

In the 13th annual Capital Irish Film Festival, you can catch up with Lalor Roddy in three films: “The Devil’s Doorway” (Friday), “Don’t Leave Home” (Saturday) and “Float Like a Butterfly” (Sunday). You will have the opportunity to ask him how he does it in audience talkbacks or in a quiet word at receptions during the festival.

See him with Solas Nua Chair Paddy Meskell on Thursday, February 28, on the popular morning talk show “Great Day Washington” with Markette Sheppard.

Lalor Roddy in  Game of Thrones

Lalor Roddy in Game of Thrones

Roddy, who trained and worked as a psychologist, took up acting relatively late, when he performed as Gandalf in a youth theatre production of The Hobbit at the age of 33. He has built a remarkable career on stage and screen – both big and small. He was a founder of Tinderbox, worked with the Lyric and Abbey theaters and several times with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He won the ESB/Irish Times Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in In a Little World of Our Own.

Lalor Roddy in  The Devil’s Doorway

Lalor Roddy in The Devil’s Doorway

Roddy’s recent filmography FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, DON’T LET GO, END OF SENTENCE, WREN BOYS, KISSING CANDICE, MICHAEL INSIDE, MAZE, ZOO, THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, SEAMUS, BAD DAY FOR THE CUT, DIGS FOR PENNIES, FRACTURED CITY, THE TRUTH COMMISSIONER, TODAY, QUARENTINE, LOST IN THE LIVING, INSULIN, THE LIGHT OF MY EYES, ROBOT OVERLORDS, THE SEA, TWO DOGS CAGED, MADE IN BELFAST, EXPOSURE, COWBOYS AND DISSIDENTS, THE GOOD MAN, SODA THE GIRLS, JUMP, GRABBERS, EVEN GODS, THE SHORE, YUKI.