Paddy Considine (1974-) b. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Possessing unconventional good looks, considerable charm, along with a touch of suppressed intensity, Paddy Considine has in his short career established himself as a gifted actor. He grew up on a council estate in Burton-on-Trent and earned his living as a photographer whilst studying drama at Burton College.
Considine later made his feature film debut when cast by childhood friend Shane Meadows in A Room For Romeo Brass (1999). Considine made a powerfully unsettling impression as the deceptive, dangerous misfit Morell, a strange neighborhood character in working-class Nottingham who ultimately drives a wedge between two teenage friends. He followed up his film debut with an endearing performance as sweet-tempered Alfie in the grim drama Last Resort (2000), directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. He switched moods for his next project, the light-hearted romantic comedy Born Romantic (2000), about three lonely Londoners contemplating life’s greatest mystery: women.
In 2002, Considine played the troubled and volatile manager of Joy Division and New Order, Rob Gretton, in Michael Winterbottom’s biopic of the Manchester music scene, 24 Hour Party People (2002). His first feature to reach a global audience was In America (2003), a semi-autobiographical heart-tugger from director Jim Sheridan. Two of Considine’s strongest performances to date followed; that of a troubled ex-soldier in Meadows Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) and a former alcoholic who has renounced his violent past and become a born-again Christian in Pawlikowski’s My Summer of Love (2004).
In Considine’s first major Hollywood feature he took the role of Mike Wilson opposite Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger in Cinderella Man (2005), the story of Jim Braddock, a Depression-era boxing hero. In 2007, he appeared in Hot Fuzz (2007), a British parody of Hollywood-style action flicks written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. He was subsequently wasted in the role of a "Guardian" newspaper reporter in the Paul Greengrass directed The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).