Irish actor Peter Halpin launched his professional film career starring as Malachy McCourt in Alan Parker’s critically acclaimed Angela’s Ashes. Among his other film and television credits he is proud to list; Fergus Doran in RTE’s medical drama The Clinic. A stirring portrayal of Joseph Hanratty in Neil Jordan’s controversial masterpiece Breakfast On Pluto and Phil Connors in RTE/BBC’s equine drama series Rough Diamond directed by Simon Massey. Halpin garnered further credit for his role as Eugene in the multi-award winning film Garage with Academy Award winning director; Lenny Abrahamson.
Further praise came for Halpin’s work in the role of Commander in the feature film In World War directed by Brant Smith. From there his career continued to gain momentum with his moving depiction of Bob in the film The Treatment and his dynamic interpretation of Jim in the film I Like What You Like directed by Imelda O’Reilly. More recently, he brought life and vigor to the physically challenged Pete in Media Factory’s new television show On The Lig.
Halpin’s work in commercials gave him national face recognition as the friendly representative of Ireland’s largest bank, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) whose First Time Buyer commercial, directed by Damien O’ Donnell, aired continually for four years in Ireland. His work in the mini-drama commercial for myNewYorkEye digital magazine is shot against the back drop of New York City. He wound back the clock and recreated the iconic scene of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” for Seamless food delivery companies super smart and funny commercial, which aired for the past two years. Halpin can currently be seen in New Lottery’s “Take Five” hilarious new commercial, wherein he plays a doomed rag tag soldier, which is currently airing.
Halpin’s professional stage career began with the renowned Druid Theatre Company as Carthalawn in their acclaimed production of Sive directed by Tony Award winning; Garry Hynes. Other stage appearances include his portrayal of Horse in The Castlecomer Jukebox produced by Red Kettle Theater Company and directed by Jim Nolan and his dual roles as both Silvius and Le Beau in Classic Stage Ireland’s production of As You Like It. Halpin’s versatility allowed him to undertake the lead role of Gerry along with multiple other characters in John Breen’s masterpiece, Alone It Stands. He also recorded a DVD of the show with Gyre & Gimble Productions. Halpin has performed in both Macbeth and Salome with Bottom Dog Theatre Company.
In New York, he undertook the role of Fixer in The Blood Red Hand directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan and thrilled Broadway audiences in his dual personas performance as James Joyce’s magnanimous Bloom and the irascible Stephen playing opposite Gabriel Byrne, Fionnula Flanagan and Harris Yulin in an all-star production of Bloomsday on Broadway .
Other roles include the psychotic Isaac in David Ireland’s masterpiece, Summertime, Lenny in Jim Nolan’s most recent play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye and numerous Irish American Leaders in Her Exiled Children all with Origin Theatre Company. He has also garnered critical and popular acclaim in the role of Victor in The Blood Flow Game and also created the role of Backus in a charming new play called; House of Charity. He then worked on a comedic play, called Love In Kilnerry wherein he played the local Priest, Fr O’Dell who loves boxing and drinking pints! He then played Off-Broadway at The Barrow Group Theater in a new play called Last of The Caucasians in which he played a hard drinking, Irish, mercurial, ex-naval officer; Drake.
Most recently; Halpin wowed audiences and critics alike in a new adaptation of Antigone called I Am Antigone. He then took on the challenging role of Miles in a new play called The Lobby, directed by the multi award winning director; Eric Tucker. Halpin broke audiences hearts when he portrayed the role of Fionn in a new play called Self/Same and then brought the comic relief in spades when he played Jack in another new play called Appendage.
Additionally, since arriving in New York, Halpin produced and played the lead role in a new movie called Narcan, which was shot in New York City and screened at all the major international film festivals over the past two years. He won Best Actor in a leading role at The Williamsburg Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York. Subsequently, Narcan has won over a dozen awards in various different categories and has also screened on Ireland’s national television network; RTE(Radio Teilifis Eireann). Halpin then played an irate Southerner; Beekman who’s not afraid to use his shotgun on a new Bio-Pic called The Last of the Breed. His creative energy is already taking him into producing new projects.
Halpin has recently wrapped on two films; The Resurrection Love Song and Prerequisite. In the former he plays a troubled soul; Victor who lives life by a strict book of rules and the latter he plays a Brooklyn Detective closing in on an inexperienced drug trafficker. He then played a boxer; Johnny, struggling with alcoholism in Peter Gabriel’s daughter; Anna’s new music video; Runaway.