Bryan Murray (actor)
Murray was born in Dublin, Ireland. As a stage actor, he began his career in Dublin at the Abbey Theatre where, as a member of The Abbey Company, he appeared in over 50 productions. In London, he has been a member of The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and has been in many productions in the West End. He has appeared many times at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, most recently in 2013 in My Cousin Rachel adapted for the stage by Joseph O'Connor. In the 2010 Dublin Fringe Festival, he appeared in the award-winning production of Medea at The Samuel Beckett theatre.
He is widely known for his extensive television work which includes Fitz in Strumpet City, Flurry Knox in The Irish RM, Shifty in Bread (for which he won BBC TV Personality of the Year), Harry Cassidy in Perfect Scoundrels, Trevor Jordache in Brookside and Bob Charles in Fair City. He appeared on the second season of Charity You're a Star where he sang duets with his Fair City co-star Una Crawford O'Brien. The duo were voted off the show after performing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". He played the role of Lynch in the film, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977).
Recently he presented the highly acclaimed and IFTA nominated documentary for TV3 The Tenements, a four-part series charting the rise and fall of the Tenements in Dublin from the 1800s to the mid-1970s. He fronted the BBC1 children’s religious affairs programmes Knock Knock and Umbrella for three years. On RTÉ, he had his own prime time TV talk shows Encore and Caught in the Act and presented Saturday Night Live. His nine-part radio series The Sound of Movies was aired on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2008. Most recently he has been a semi regular presenter of Late Date on RTÉ Radio 1. In the US, he presented the 'Irish Spring' commercial on network TV for six years, the award-winning 'Pioneer Press' commercials for three years and hosted the St Patrick’s Day Parade for PBS Television. His latest series 'The Big House' will be shown on TV3 in the spring of 2013.
He co-created and co-devised the ITV series Perfect Scoundrels which ran for three years. He has co-written two musicals performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Irish Theatre Company Dublin; A Happy Go Likeable Man, after Molière, and Thieves Carnival, after Anouilth. Most recently Murray took part in the 'One City One Book' celebration Bread and Roses; Strumpet City Revisited reading extracts from the book with the RIAAM orchestra playing the theme music from the TV series conducted by the composer Proinnsias O'Duinn at Dublin Castle.
Murray is most famous for the following roles:
- Trevor Jordache in Brookside
- Mr James Roberts in Casualty and Holby City
- Harry Fullerton in The Bill
- Shifty Boswell in Bread
- Flurry Knox in The Irish R.M.
- Harry Cassidy in Perfect Scoundrels
- Bob Fitzpatrick in Strumpet City
- Officer Doyle in Mrs. Santa Claus
- Bob Charles in Fair City
Although Murray's fame increased in the eighties thanks to his role as Flurry Knox in The Irish R.M. and Shifty Boswell in the popular sitcom Bread, his role in Brookside is easily the best remembered, even though he was only in the show for eleven episodes in 1993. His character, the wife beater and child abuser Trevor Jordache, was famously stabbed and killed by his wife, Mandy (Sandra Maitland), she and daughter Beth (Anna Friel later buried his body under the patio, where it was discovered in 1995.
He plays Bob Charles, once owner of McCoys pub but now the owner of The Hungry Pig restaurant, in the RTÉ soap opera Fair City.
Recently he took part in the 'One City-One Book' celebration Bread and Roses; Strumpet City Revisited in which he read extracts from the book with the RIAM orchestra playing the theme music from the TV series conducted by the composer Proinnsias O'Duinn at Dublin Castle.
|1971||Here Are Ladies||John Quested||Short film|
|1977||A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man||Lynch||Joseph Strick|
|1998||The Disturbance at Dinner||Narrator||Greg Akopyan
|2000||Wonderland...It Ain't||Dad||Lawrence Kane||Short film|
|2005||Boy Eats Girl||Mr. Frears||Stephen Bradley|
|2010||Love on the Line||Jack||Bernadette McCarthy|
|2011||10 Arenas of Marwood||Dr. Goode||Michael Audreson|
|2012||A Christmas Carol||Jacob Marley||Jason Figgis|
|2014||Dinner For One||Kevin McGee||Short film|
|2018||Vita & Virginia||Doctor||Chanya Button|
|2019||The Professor and the Madman||Henry Liddell||Farhad Safinia|
|1978||Betzi||Barry O'Meara||Television film|
|1979||ITV Playhouse||Nelson||11.02 "I'm a Dreamer Montreal"|
|1980||Strumpet City||Fitz||Television miniseries|
|1980||Premiere||Private Semple||4.01 "Rifleman"|
|1981||Bread or Blood||Pope||1.03 "Childhood"|
|1981||Play for Today||Terry||12.05 "Iris in the Traffic, Ruby in the Rain"|
|1982||Dead Ernest||Saint Patrick||1.02 "Episode Two"|
|1982||Harry Carpenter Never Said It Was Like This||Television film|
|1982||The Year of the French||Ferdy O'Donnell||1.06 "Episode Six"|
|1983-1985||The Irish R.M.||Flurry Knox||18 episodes|
|1983||Play for Today||George McQuiston||13.10 "Gates of Gold"|
|1985||Oscar||George Bernard Shaw||1.01 "Gilded Youth"|
1.03 "De Profundis"
|1986||The Return of the Antelope||Chimney Sweep||2.01 "Brelca Goes Ballooning"|
|1988||Ten Great Writers of the Modern World||James Joyce||1.01 "James Joyce's 'Ulysses'"|
|1988||Final Run||Michael / Danny||4 episodes|
|1988-1991||Bread||Shifty Boswell||49 episodes|
|1988||The Franchise Affair||Kevin McDermott||1.06 "Episode Six"|
|1990-1992||Perfect Scoundrels||Harry Cassidy||18 episodes|
|1996||Mrs. Santa Claus||Officer Doyle||Television film|
|1997||The Bill||Special Officer Paul Wellsted||13.127 "Shades of Grey: Part One"|
13.128 "Shades of Grey: Part Two"
|1998-1999||Casualty||Mr. James Roberts||13.13 "One from the Heart"|
13.16 "Making a Difference"
13.20 "White Lies, White Wedding"
|1999||Holby City||Mr. James Roberts||1.01 "Whose Heart Is It Anyway?"|
1.03 "Kill or Cure"
|1999-2000||Glenroe||Mike O'Shea||17.14 "Venetia Thinks It Over"|
17.17 "The Old Triangle"
|2002||The Bill||Harry Fullerton||13 episodes|
|2004||Proof||Miles Carrick||4 episodes|
|2004||Silent Witness||David Kelman||8.01 "A Time to Heal: Part 1"|
|2005||The Baby War||Connor||Television film|
|2005-2011||Fair City||Bob Charles||211 episodes|
|2007||The Tudors||Jean De Bellay||1.07 "Message to the Emperor"|
|2019||Bridget & Eamon||Antiques Expert||4.05 "The Vase"|