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Also Known As: Jack Carroll Lynch Died:
Born: December 26, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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A handsome, naturalistic British player of film, stage and TV, Lynch first gained notice with his heartfelt portrayal of a confused IRA terrorist who falls for an older woman (Helen Mirren), his victim's widow, in Pat O'Connor's "Cal" (1984). Prior to that success, he had studied at England's famed Central School of Speech and Drama. Lynch's subsequent film work generally has consisted of supporting roles. In Ken McMullen's "1871" (1990), he was an Irish expatriate in Paris caught between his love for an actress and his revolutionary causes. As Spencer in Derek Jarman's "Edward II" (1991), he was caught in the intrigue of 14th Century England. Lynch was Lord Craven, owner of the Gothic home Misselthwaite in "The Secret Garden" and was Paul Hill, an Irishman accused of a terrorist bombing in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father" (both 1993). He was featured in "Princess Cariboo" and portrayed the relative who explains the legend of the Selkie, a half-woman, half-seal (portrayed by his sister, actress Susan Lynch) in John Sayles' whimsical "The Secret of Roan Inish" (both 1994). Lynch co-starred in the award-winning Australian film "Angel Baby" (1995), and starred opposite Robin Wright in Pen...

A handsome, naturalistic British player of film, stage and TV, Lynch first gained notice with his heartfelt portrayal of a confused IRA terrorist who falls for an older woman (Helen Mirren), his victim's widow, in Pat O'Connor's "Cal" (1984). Prior to that success, he had studied at England's famed Central School of Speech and Drama. Lynch's subsequent film work generally has consisted of supporting roles. In Ken McMullen's "1871" (1990), he was an Irish expatriate in Paris caught between his love for an actress and his revolutionary causes. As Spencer in Derek Jarman's "Edward II" (1991), he was caught in the intrigue of 14th Century England. Lynch was Lord Craven, owner of the Gothic home Misselthwaite in "The Secret Garden" and was Paul Hill, an Irishman accused of a terrorist bombing in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father" (both 1993). He was featured in "Princess Cariboo" and portrayed the relative who explains the legend of the Selkie, a half-woman, half-seal (portrayed by his sister, actress Susan Lynch) in John Sayles' whimsical "The Secret of Roan Inish" (both 1994). Lynch co-starred in the award-winning Australian film "Angel Baby" (1995), and starred opposite Robin Wright in Pen Desham's "Moll Flanders" and as the real-life Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands whose story is the centerpiece of the fictional "Some Mother's Son" (both 1996).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Night Train (1998)
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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hybrid, The (2014)
2.
 Ghosted (2011)
3.
 Black Death (2011)
4.
 In Transit (2008)
5.
 Isolation (2007)
6.
 Lassie (2006)
7.
 Bridge Of San Luis Rey, The (2005) Captain Alvarado
8.
9.
 Conspiracy of Silence (2003) Father Matthew Francis
10.
 Alien Hunter (2003)
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1969:
Lived in Armagh, Ireland
1984:
Made feature acting debut in the title role of "Cal"
1984:
Made stage debut in "The Seagull"
1986:
Broadway debut in the Royal Shakespeare Company's presentation of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby"
1992:
TV debut, "The Railway Station Man" on TNT
1993:
First American TV guest spot, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
:
Directed two short films, "Fireflies" and "A Painful Case"
1995:
Received notice for his starring role in the Australian-produced feature "Angel Baby"
1996:
Portrayed IRA figure Bobby Sands in "Some Mother's Son"
1998:
Cast as the cheating lover of a British woman (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) in "Sliding Doors"
1999:
Screenwriting debut (as co-writer with Mary McGuckian), "Best", a biopic of British soccer star George Best; also portrayed Best
1999:
Feature directorial debut, "Night Train" co-starring John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn
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Education

St Coleman's College: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: -

Notes

Not to be confused with American actor John Carroll Lynch.

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wife:
Mary McGuckian. Director. Collaborated on "Best" (1999).

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sister:
Susan Lynch. Actor. Born c. 1971; appeared in "The Secret of Roan Inish" and the title role of "Nora".

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