Began working as a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser after studying history and political science in college, but quit to become an actor after reading an article about Trevor Eve, who gave up architecture for a thespian career.
Enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1982 to study drama, which later led to starring roles in a 1993 London production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Peter Hall's 1994 production of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Gained international renown as an actor by playing a journalist, his former profession, in 1998's Welcome to Sarajevo.
Won a BAFTA Best Actor award for the British TV-movie The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (2008).
2000, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1998, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: Winner
2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
2000, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
Bridget Dillane — Mother
Richard Dillane — Brother
John Dillane — Father
Naomi Wirthner — Significant Other
Frank Dillane — Son
Seamus Dillane — Son
Attended University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, England