Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. After TV and film work in the UK, he was discovered by Joel Schumacher auditioning for Tigerland (2000). The string of American thrillers that followed, Phone Booth (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003), and The Recruit (2003) established his international box office bankability. During those same years, in the workaholic pattern that he would be known for in the industry, he also starred in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002) and as the villain in Daredevil (2003). After appearing in independent films Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004), he helmed the Oliver Stone’s biopic Alexander (2004) and the well-regarded Terrence Malick Pocahontas movie, The New World (2005).
Work in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice (2006), Ask the Dust (2006), adapted from the John Fante novel, and Woody Allen’s Cassandra's Dream (2007) underscored Farrell’s continued popularity among Hollywood’s important writers and directors, but it was only his role in fellow Irishman Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges by which he finally received official recognition in the form of a Golden Globe in 2008. Most recently, he co-starred in Fright Night (2011) and Total Recall (2012) remakes as well as McDonagh's second feature, Seven Psychopaths (2012). Farrell will star as Peter Lake in the film adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel Winter's Tale.
As well as being a favourite among top film critics such as Roger Ebert, Peter Bradshaw, and Manohla Dargis, in the 2000s, Farrell amassed a reputation as a lothario, dating a range of women from Angelina Jolie to former Playboy playmate Nicole Narain. Around this time he was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003 and voted sixth World's "Sexiest Man" by Company magazine that same year.[