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Birth Place: Ireland Profession: screenwriter, novelist

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A successful Irish stage and TV writer, Connaughton hit his country's best-seller lists with the novel, "A Border Station". What Damon Runyon did for New York, Connaughton might well be said to have done for Redhills, Ireland, as many of his stories are set there, where Connaughton spent his childhood. He entered films with the script to the Oscar-winning short "The Dollar Bottom" (1980) and went on to collaborate with Mike Leigh on the TV-movie "Four Days in July" (1984), about couples in Northern Ireland affected by the Troubles. (The screenwriter also made his acting debut in the telefilm.) Connaughton, though, first won international attention as the co-scenarist on "My Left Foot" (1989), based on the life of writer-painter Christy Brown. While he and director Jim Sheridan only shared an Academy Award nomination for their script, actors Daniel Day-Lewis (as the adult Christy) and Brenda Fricker (as his mother) took home Oscars. Connaughton played the disinterested father of a imaginative young woman in Neil Jordan's "The Miracle" (1991). He followed by co-writing the intriguing "The Playboys" (1992), about an unwed woman in the 1950s who refuses to name the father of her child. More recently,...

A successful Irish stage and TV writer, Connaughton hit his country's best-seller lists with the novel, "A Border Station". What Damon Runyon did for New York, Connaughton might well be said to have done for Redhills, Ireland, as many of his stories are set there, where Connaughton spent his childhood. He entered films with the script to the Oscar-winning short "The Dollar Bottom" (1980) and went on to collaborate with Mike Leigh on the TV-movie "Four Days in July" (1984), about couples in Northern Ireland affected by the Troubles. (The screenwriter also made his acting debut in the telefilm.) Connaughton, though, first won international attention as the co-scenarist on "My Left Foot" (1989), based on the life of writer-painter Christy Brown. While he and director Jim Sheridan only shared an Academy Award nomination for their script, actors Daniel Day-Lewis (as the adult Christy) and Brenda Fricker (as his mother) took home Oscars.

Connaughton played the disinterested father of a imaginative young woman in Neil Jordan's "The Miracle" (1991). He followed by co-writing the intriguing "The Playboys" (1992), about an unwed woman in the 1950s who refuses to name the father of her child. More recently, Connaughton adapted to the screen his second novel, "The Run of the Country" (1995), about the relationship between a son and his widower father.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Four Days in July (1992) Brendan
2.
 Playboys, The (1992) Customs Officer
3.
 Miracle, The (1991) Rose'S Father
4.
 Uprising (2001) German Soldier With Violinists
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First produced play "Jenny" (Roundhouse, London)
1980:
First produced screenplay, the Oscar-winning short "The Dollar Bottom"
1984:
Scripted and acted in Mike Leigh's "Four Days in July"
1989:
Breakthrough screenplay, "My Left Foot", co-written with director Jim Sheridan; earned Oscar nomination
1991:
Acted in Neil Jordan's "The Miracle"
1992:
Wrote "The Playboys"; also appeared in film
1995:
Adapted own novel for the screen, "The Run of the Country"
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Education

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -

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"A Border Diary"

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