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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Actor

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Headshot

Tom graduated with a degree in Drama Studies at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and continued his training at RADA.  Theatre credits include The Quare Fellow, directed by Kathy Burke (Oxford Stage Company); Translations, directed by Sean Holmes (National Theatre, London); The Field, directed by Róisín McBrinn (Tricycle Theatre) and This Lime Tree Bower, directed by Yael Shavit (Young Vic).

Tom appeared at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin as Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World, which also toured North America.  His other performances include Lyngstrand in Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea, directed by Lucy Bailey at Birmingham Repertory Theatre; Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal, directed by Jimmy Fay at the Abbey Theatre; Len in Edward Bond’s Saved, directed by Jimmy Fay at the Peacock Theatre; and the Dauphin in Henry V, directed by Jonathan Munby at the Manchester Royal Exchange, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award.

His film appearances include The Tiger’s Tail opposite Brendan Gleeson, directed by John Boorman; and opposite Maggie Smith, Anne Hathaway and Julie Walters in Becoming Jane, directed by Julian Jarrold for Miramax Films.  Radio credits include The Leopard, directed by Lucy Bailey (BBC Radio 3).

Other theatre appearances include Solyony in David Leveaux’s acclaimed production of Brian Friel’s adaptation of Three Sisters and Bob Acres in Patrick Mason’s production of Sheridan’s The Rivals, both at the Abbey Theatre.  Also at the Abbey, Tom played the title role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Jimmy Fay, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

His other recent theatre roles include Frank Lubey in All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker, directed by Howard Davies in the West End; and Jerry Devine in Juno and the Paycock, directed by Howard Davies with Ciarán Hinds and Sinéad Cusack for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and the National Theatre, London.  Last year Tom appeared in Howard Brenton’s 55 Days at the Hampstead Theatre, directed by Howard Davies.

Tom plays the leading role of Nidge in the award-winning RTÉ TV drama series Love/Hate written by Stuart Carolan, for which he won Best Actor at the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards.

Tom won Best Actor Award at the 2013 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for his performance in Howie the Rookie.