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  • Worked as an electrician for 11 years; three of those years were spent in Zimbabwe at a safari park, overseeing its electrical equipment.
  • Decided he needed a career change when he moved back to Dublin; took up acting after seeing an ad in the Irish Times for the Oscar Theatre School.
  • Auditioned at acting school with Col. Kurtz's speech from the end of Apocalypse Now.
  • Professional stage debut came in 1989 in The Lament for Arthur Cleary; he traveled with the show throughout Ireland and on its U.S. tour.
  • Had never been inside of a London theater until 1990 when he starred in the two-hander Goodnight Siobhan.
  • Screen debut came in 1992's Into the West.
  • Has appeared in a variety of movies, including War Horse, Clash of the Titans and First Knight, but is best known to U.S. audiences for his portrayal of Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones.


  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
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  • Ellen Cunningham — Daughter
  • Colette Cunningham — Wife
  • Sean Cunningham — Son
  • Kathleen Cunningham — Mother
  • Liam Cunningham Jr. — Son

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  • Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Birthday: June 2, 1961, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor

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