- Was persuaded to try acting by his friend and fellow actor Robert Carlyle.
- Got his start with a theater company in his native Glasgow in the early 1990s after working as a dance-club DJ.
- First TV roles were in a 1992 episode of the BBC anthology series Screen One and a '93 episode of Taggart, a long-running Scottish detective series.
- His breakout movie was Braveheart (1995).
- The scars on his face are the result of a mugging by knife-wielding assailants, an incident that occurred before he began acting.
- Elizabeth Flanagan — Mother
- Rachel Schadt — Ex-wife
- Daniel Flanagan — Brother
- Dina Livingston — Wife
- Jane Ford — Ex-wife
- Andrew Flanagan — Brother
- David Flanagan — Father
- Birth Name: Thomas Flanagan
- Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
- Profession: Actor
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