Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998 and made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland (2000). He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) and the American thrillers S.W.A.T. and The Recruit (both 2003), establishing his international box-office appeal. During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in theDaredevil superhero movie (2003). After starring in the independent films Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World(2004) he headed Oliver Stone's biopic Alexander (2004) and the Terrence Malick Pocahontas movie, The New World (2005).
Work in Michael Mann's Miami Vice, the adaptation of John Fante's Ask the Dust (both 2006) and Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream(2007) followed, underscoring Farrell's popularity among Hollywood writers and directors; however, it was for his role in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges (2008) that he received a Golden Globe Award. More recently, he co-starred in the comedy-horror film Fright Night (2011) and the sci-fi action film Total Recall (2012), both remakes, and McDonagh's second feature, the black comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths (2012). Farrell also starred with Noomi Rapace in the Niels Arden Oplev-directed action film Dead Man Down, and as Travers Goff in the period drama Saving Mr. Banks (both in 2013). In 2014, Farrell starred as Peter Lake in the supernatural fable Winter's Tale (2014), an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. In 2015, he stars in the second season of HBO's True Detective series with Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.
A favourite with film critics like Peter Bradshaw, Manohla Dargis and Roger Ebert in the 2000s, Farrell developed a reputation as a lothario and dated numerous women for a time. He has two sons: one with model Kim Bordenave and another with his Ondine costar, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.