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The unstoppable rise of Goodbye Christopher Robin star Domhnall Gleeson


This September brings you the story of the man behind the bear, as Goodbye Christopher Robin comes to our screens.

It’s the story of Winnie the Pooh author A.A Milne and how his relationship with his son inspired the classic tales of the honey-loving bear.

Milne will be played by Domhnall Gleeson, currently appearing in the chilling Mother!, and it will be no easy task bringing to life such a well-respected figure in literature. However we're sure Gleeson is the man for the job – here we take a look at some of the defining moments of his career.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2

The Harry Potter series featured a plethora of English acting greats in both the major and minor roles. The final two films were the culmination of Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) battle against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

Although his character’s role was reduced greatly from that of the books, Gleeson gives a great performance as the eldest Weasley sibling, Bill, who fights alongside Harry and the rest of the Order of the Phoenix.

About Time

Gleeson's role in Richard Curtis' heartfelt 2013 rom-com About Time brought him to wider international attention, casting him as the romantic lead who discovers he can time travel.

Gleeson’s performance in particular helped turn the film from a low budget rom-com into something of a smash hit with critics singling him out for most of the praise. Here’s a little fact for you: it also became one of the highest ever grossing foreign romantic comedy films in South Korea. That's another feather in his cap.

Ex Machina

Gleeson’s stock continued to rise with the release of another sci-fi film, albeit with a more serious tone. Gleeson stars alongside Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander as a programmer invited to his CEO’s house, who develops a bond with the AI android that the CEO built – but all is not as it seems.

The film is a riveting psychological thriller and Gleeson’s performance was critically acclaimed (as was the film itself), further cementing his reputation as a versatile performer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

No stranger to big name franchises, Gleeson changed it up by playing a big bad in the first part of the new Star Wars trilogy.

Gleeson’s General Hux is in an open power struggle with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for the leadership of the First Order and it seems the only character more senior than him is Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). He seems to be a new age Grand Moff Tarkin but is set to play an even more important role in this year's The Last Jedi.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

The story of A.A Milne and his relationship with his son Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration for his books) and the issues the success of Winnie the Pooh caused is the next big project on the horizon for Domhnall Gleeson.

Playing a real life character in a biopic is always Academy Award fodder – couple that with Gleeson’s acting ability and there’s a strong chance that, even if he doesn’t win, he may still get a nomination.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is released on 29th September.

Marvyn Wilson is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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