Gerard McSorley is an actor who possesses the rare gift of delivering a distinctive performance in any medium. His most notable performances have been in scripts by local playwrights.
McSorely starred as the Narrator in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, and as Henry Joy McCracken in Stewart Parker’s Northern Star. Such was the identity he stamped upon these parts, it would change the way they were performed in the future.
Born and raised in County Tyrone, McSorley now lives in Dublin. Constantly in demand, his most memorable recent screen appearances include leading roles in Veronica Guerin
alongside Cate Blanchett, Paul Greengrass’ award-winning Bloody Sunday
with James Nesbitt, Alan Parker’s Angela’s Ashes
with Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson, Atom Egoyan’s adaptation of Felicia’s Journey
with Bob Hoskins and Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins
with Liam Neeson.
McSorely also starred in Pat O’Connor’s screen adaptation of Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep.
McSorley’s television performances have included played the BBC1 drama series The Hanging Gale with the four McGann brothers, Linda La Plante’s prison series The Governor, RTE’s November Afternoon, and the controversial Who Bombed Birmingham?.
McSorley has appeared at most of Ireland’s major theatres. These include performances in Northern Star at the Lyric, Belfast, in The Crucible, Making History and Dancing at Lughnasa at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, in Jonathan Miller’s As You Like It at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and in Peter Schaffer’s Equus at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. He has also toured with the O’Casey Company in Three Shouts from a Hill, directed by Siobhan O’Casey.
McSorley plays the piano, keyboards, and blues and traditional guitar. He has a fine baritone voice and is also a keen sportsman, listing fencing, horse-riding, rowing and squash amongst his favourite pursuits.