Kin: the Irish drama of Oscar-nominee Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds, a big star from Ireland
Known from 'Belfast' and 'Kin'
RTÉ hit series about a Dublin family
A crime don in 'Kin'
A seasoned actor
Who are the other cast members of 'Kin'? 
Aiden Gillen
Homegrown star
Mary Doyle Kennedy
From singer to actresss
Emmett J. Scanlon in 'Kin'
Soap operas and blockbusters
Peaky Blinders, Guardians of the Galaxy...
Charlie Cox in 'Kin'
A talented actor
Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Barry Keoghan
Keoghan in 'The Batman'
A springboard for more success?
Ciarán Hinds, a big star from Ireland

Ciarán Hinds has recently been celebrated for his performance in Kenneth Branagh's film 'Belfast.' He got several awards and nominations, including the Oscar-nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Known from 'Belfast' and 'Kin'

But did you know he has another great, recent performance to his name on Irish television? The series is called 'Kin,' in case you haven't heard of it.

 

RTÉ hit series about a Dublin family

'Kin' premiered in the autumn of 2021 and will have a second season, according to reports from RTÉ. The 8-episode series, made in cooperation with AMC+, centres around a fictional Dublin family whose devotion to each other is tested in the midst of a gang war.

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A crime don in 'Kin'

Hinds plays Eamon Cunningham, a crime don and the antagonist of the series' main characters, the Kinsella family.

Credit: Kin Series Holding UK Ltd and Headline Pictures (Kin) Limited

A seasoned actor

Ciarán Hinds is a Belfast native whose experience prepared him for great roles such as Cunningham in 'Kin' and Pop in 'Belfast.' He played Julius Caesar in HBO's 'Rome' and also appeared in 'Game of Thrones.' He's also been a regular in Hollywood movies such as 'Road to Perdition', 'Munich', 'Harry Potter', and 'Frozen II'.

 

Who are the other cast members of 'Kin'? 

'Kin' is an absolute must-see for those who haven't already. Besides Ciarán Hinds, it has a great cast of well-known and lesser-known actors.

Aiden Gillen

Gillen plays Frank Kinsella, the leader of the family gang. Unfortunately for the crime boss, his leadership is being questioned by his underlings. As the stakes in the show get higher, he gets increasingly desperate.

Homegrown star

The Dubliner has appeared in 'Game of Thrones', but he burst onto the scene with 'The Wire'. On the silver screen, he has starred in big movies, from 'The Dark Knight Rises' to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Gillen has won three Irish Film & Television Awards, and he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2005.

Mary Doyle Kennedy

Kennedy plays Birdy, Frank's sister. She pulls the strings from behind the scenes, and she is something of a surrogate mother to Jimmy and Mikey. She finds herself in turmoil when others start to challenge Frank's leadership.

From singer to actresss

Born in Clontarf, she started her career as a singer-songwriter, but now she spends most of her time acting. Her diverse TV credits include 'The Tudors', 'Outlander', and 'Downton Abbey'. Her cinematic career has had a musical bent, with her two most famous movies being 'The Commitments' and 'Sing Street'.

Emmett J. Scanlon in 'Kin'

Scanlon plays Jimmy Kinsella, who is related to Frank. He starts the series as a loyal, unquestioning soldier, but as the story develops, he begins to question everything he knows.

Soap operas and blockbusters

The Dubliner made his name with the soap 'Hollyoaks', and his stint as character Brendan Brady landed him a host of nominations and awards.

 

Peaky Blinders, Guardians of the Galaxy...

He has since appeared in 'Peaky Blinders', 'Legend of Valhalla: Thor', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', and 'AD: The Bible Continues'.

Charlie Cox in 'Kin'

Cox plays Mikey, who is fresh out of jail and an enforcer for the family. Things get complicated for him when someone gets murdered, which forces him to put his dreams of a quiet life with his daughter on hold.

A talented actor

The Englishman has made a name for himself with numerous TV and movie credits, and he is also adept at treading the boards in theatre.

 

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

He has appeared in 'Stardust', 'Daredevil', 'The Theory of Everything', and 'Betrayal'.

Barry Keoghan

'Love/Hate' launched the careers of young actors like Barry Keoghan, who has subsequently featured in Irish and Hollywood movies.

 

 

Keoghan in 'The Batman'

His most recent release was the hotly-anticipated 'The Batman'.

A springboard for more success?

Given that 'Kin' also has some unknown, up-and-coming actors, time will tell if this generation of talent will find further success. While RTÉ is preparing the second season of 'Kin,' Irish viewers will also hope that it has another hit drama up its sleeves.

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