Actor Factor – John Lynch

John Lynch



An actor whose sad eyes and brooding presence often get him cast as moody, tragic figures, John Lynch first lent his haunted charm to the title role of Pat O’Connor’s Cal (1984). Cast as a young IRA recruit who falls in love with the widow (Helen Mirren) of a man he has killed, Lynch earned wide praise for his sensitive, complex performance, and more than held his own opposite the more seasoned Mirren.

Born in Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, on December 26, 1961, Lynch was raised as the eldest of five children (his sister, Susan Lynch, also went into acting). He got his first break during his second year at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, when he was picked to star in Cal. Following his work on the film, Lynch dropped out of the movies for almost a decade, preferring to work on the stage in England and Ireland. When he resurfaced in front of the cameras in the mid-’90s, he began working steadily, appearing in films ranging from Agneiszka Holland’s celebrated 1993 adaptation of The Secret Garden, to Jim Sheridan’s acclaimed political drama In the Name of the Father (1993), to John Sayles’ similarly feted family fantasy The Secret of Roan Inish (1994), which also featured Lynch’s sister, Susan.

In addition to In the Name of the Father, Lynch did starring work in subsequent dramas that focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Among them were Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Nothing Personal (1995), in which the actor portrayed an apolitical but conflicted Catholic; and Terry George’s Some Mother’s Son (1996), an account of the 1981 Belfast prisoner’s hunger strike that, in addition to casting Lynch as IRA prisoner and strike leader Bobby Sands, reunited him with Cal co-star Mirren. In 1998, he appeared in the little-seen This Is the Sea, a romantic drama about the relationship between a Protestant woman and a Catholic man living in post-1994 cease-fire Northern Ireland.

Lynch has also worked in films that have taken him out of the geographical and topical boundaries of Northern Ireland. Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors (1998) saw him play Gwyneth Paltrow’s hapless, two-timing boyfriend, while Best (2000), which Lynch co-wrote with his wife, Mary McGuckian, who also directed, cast him as the title figure of real-life football legend George Best. And, like many actors hailing from that section of the world, Lynch has also put in time in various period dramas, including the 1996 TV adaptation of Moll Flanders. ~

Courtesy Rovi

Here is a clip of John Lynch in “The Secret Garden”

I have been watching Bleak House once again and wondered how many films he was in with the same hair style . . . long.  LOL

Here are a few and they way I always think of the man.

John Lynch - Black Death
John Lynch – Black Death
John Lynch - Bleak House
John Lynch – Bleak House
John Lynch - In The Name of the Father
John Lynch – The Name of the Father






John Lynch - Merlin
John Lynch – (in) Merlin
John Lynch - Sliding Doors
John Lynch – Sliding Doors
John Lynch - The Secret Garden
John Lynch – The Secret Garden
John Lynch in Moll Flanders
John Lynch in Moll Flanders



The 39 Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps is an adventure novel by the British author (and future Governor General of Canada) John Buchan, first published in 1915. It is the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous habit of getting himself out of sticky situations.

First made into a film in 1935 by
Alfred Hitchcock,
this 2008 tv film features:
Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion)
Lydia Leonard (Casualty 1907)
Eddie Marsans (Little Dorrit)
Patrick Malahide (Middlemarch)
David Haig (My Boy Jack)
Patrick Kennedy (Bleak House)
Alex Jennings (Cranford)

The screenplay does differ from the book.
They added the character of Victoria Sinclair and renamed or omitted other characters.

>>PBS Masterpiece link


The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (2011)


Based on true events, a Scotland Yard Detective Inspector investigates the horrific murder of a three-year-old boy.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is based on Kate Summerscale’s account of a Victorian murder case that shocked the whole country.

Detective Inspector Jack Whicher finds himself traveling to a remote country house where he investigates the murder of a young child. He soon manages to discover a web of lies and concealment amid the family living there, which he thinks vindicates the xxxxxxxxx suspect in the murder case.

Ever After 1998

If Cinderella was a true story, it would be very much like Ever After. Danielle D’Barbarac, is the strong, fiery daughter of a dead nobleman. She works as a servant to her step mother, the Baroness De Ghent. One day, Danielle pretends to be a courtier to help a servant escape from being taken to the Americas. She captures the eye of the most unlikely person, the crowned prince of France! The two fall in love, but they are up against the ruthless Baroness De Ghent, and her spoiled daughter, Marguerite who are determined to see that Margurite becomes Henry’s bride. However with the servants, Danielle’s kind step sister, Jacqueline, and Leonardo Da Vinci on Danielle’s side, Danielle and Prince Henry’s love can survive even though he is a prince and she is a servant girl.

Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott
Megan Dodds
Melanie Lynskey
Timothy West
Judy Parfitt

courtesy of Enchanted Serenity

THE GREAT FIRE (of London) 2014

The Great Fire 2014 (c.1666)
After a very long wait British ITV has finally released a teaser for their upcoming new historical series THE GREAT FIRE which will air this Autumn. Starring Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie, Charles Dance, Daniel Mays, Jack Huston and Oliver Jackson Cohen,
4 episode series





THE GREAT FIRE tells the story of exhausted baker Thomas Farriner who forgets to close his ovens, sparking a terrible blaze which threatens to destroy 17th century London. Family members are lost amongst the fleeing crowds whilst desperate refugees fight, loot and riot to survive. Amid the horror, the personal stories of those caught in the disaster stand out against the flames; Frantic with worry, Sarah, a penniless widow searches for her missing son; Famous diarist Samuel Pepys’ burning ambition to become the King’s confidant threatens his marriage more than the blaze outside his door; A pleasure-seeking King struggles to tame his wild side and become the leader his people need. At the heart of the story is the tragic baker, distracted by an agonising dilemma, who makes a simple mistake with devastating consequences.