Born in Dublin, Ireland, Colm Meaney is perhaps best known for his role as 'Chief Operating Officer Miles O'Brien' on the television series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Meaney was recently seen in GET HIM TO THE GREEK, the latest Judd Apatow-produced comedy, in which he stars with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill.
Meaney recently starred in three films released within one week of each other in the US: THE DAMNED UNITED, in which he stars opposite Michael Sheen and portrays famed English football coach 'Don Revie' in a film written by Oscar nominee Peter Morgan and directed by Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Hooper; TURNING GREEN, an independent film set in Ireland, in which he stars with Timothy Hutton; and LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, the hit film in which he stars with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.
His feature film debut was in John Huston's THE DEAD (1987), but it was his performance in director Alan Parker's THE COMMITMENTS that gained him wider recognition with North American audiences.
Meaney has successfully bridged the gap of starring in large studio films such as CON AIR, MYSTERY, ALASKA, UNDER SIEGE, and FAR AND AWAY, to highly acclaimed independent films such as LAYER CAKE, INTERMISSION, THE BOY AND GIRL FROM COUNY CLARE, THIS IS MY FATHER, THE ENGLISHMAN THAT WENT UP A HILL, BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN, CLAIRE DOLAN, FOUR DAYS, INTO THE WEST, and MONUMENT AVENUE. Meaney won best actor at the Newport Beach Film Festival for the indie film HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE, a film that he was nominated for Best Actor at the Irish Film Awards, as well. Other recent films include 3 AND OUT, FIVE FINGERS, and KINGS, which was Ireland's 2008 official Academy Award entry, and for which Meaney was nominated again as Best Actor for an Irish Film Award.
For television, he has appeared in "Alice," a contemporary take on Alice in Wonderland for Syfy, where he and Kathy Bates played the 'King and Queen of Hearts.' He also has been in the mini-series "Covert One: The Hades Factor," 'ZOS," "Scarlett," "Random Passage," and the TNT film "Boss Lear" opposite Patrick Stewart. He was recently seen on "Mercy," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," and an episode of "The Unit," written and directed by David Mamet.
Meaney left school in Dublin at the age of 17 to apprentice as a fisherman, but his love of acting led him to enroll in drama classes at The Abbey, Dublin's National Theater. He first came to the United States in 1982 to work in New York and later made his Broadway debut in "Breaking The Code," opposite Derek Jacobi. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1987.
Meaney recently returned to the stage to star with Kevin Spacey in the highly acclaimed production of "Moon For The Misbegotten" at London's Old Vic and on Broadway. Other recent stage work includes "The Cider House Rules" (for which he won an Obie Award) at New York's Atlantic Theater, and "Juno And The Paycock" at London's Donmar Theater.
Meaney resides in Mallorca, Spain and Los Angeles.