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Peter McDonald (born 28 January 1972) is an Irish stage and screen actor and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his short film Pentecost.

Peter McDonald
Born (1972-01-28) 28 January 1972 (age 50)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1997–present

Early life and education

He grew up in Mount Merrion, County Dublin. He was educated at St. Michael's College, Dublin and graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts, English and a Master of Fine Arts, English in 1994. He got his start in theatre as part of UCD's Drama Society and was a member of the Fly by Night Theatre Company.


McDonald has appeared in films including Felicia's Journey (written and directed by Atom Egoyan, 1999) and When Brendan Met Trudy (written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Kieron J. Walsh, 2000); television series (the BBC's Sea of Souls and Channel 4's Green Wing); and theatre productions both in Dublin and London, including The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Days of Wine and Roses.

He co-starred with Jonathan Pryce and Aidan Gillen in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo Theatre in 2007. He features prominently in RTÉ's comedy show Your Bad Self. He made his debut in 1997 as the character Git Hynes in the Irish comedy I Went Down, co-starring alongside Brendan Gleeson.

He wrote and directed Pentecost, a live action short film which was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. He co-wrote and acted in the full-length movie, The Stag, which was nominated for six Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) awards in 2014.




Awards and nominations

2000Irish Film and Television AwardsBest ActorWonSaltwater
2011Tribeca Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortNominatedPentecost
2012Academy AwardsBest Short Film, Live Action shared with: Eimear O'KaneNominatedPentecost
2014Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor – FilmNominatedThe Stag


  1. Spencer, Charles (26 April 2013). "The Weir, Donmar Warehouse, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. Source: McDonald's CV in the theatre programme for Glengarry Glen Ross, 2007

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