Aidan McArdle

Aidan McArdle (born 1970) is an Irish actor.

Early life

McArdle was born in Dublin.[1] He studied for an Arts degree at University College Dublin before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He is no relation to former Brookside actor John McArdle.


First roles in theatre

His work with the Royal Shakespeare Company includes the title role in Richard III and the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also appeared in the title role of a stage adaptation of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany by Simon Bent at London's Royal National Theatre in 2002, along with the role of Joseph Surface in Deborah Warner's 2011 The School for Scandal at the Barbican Centre.[2]

First roles in film

He appeared in the BBC Two show Beautiful People in 2008. His first foray into the Hollywood film industry was as Slannen, an elf who secretly aspires to be a lawyer in the 2004 movie Ella Enchanted. He appeared as a supporting character, Jewish anarchist Saul Landau, on an episode of the 2009 BBC TV series, Casualty 1909.


As of 2005 his most significant roles have been in television biopics. These roles include Dudley Moore in the 2004 television movie Not Only But Always, Albert Einstein in the 2005 biography E=mc², and Igor Stravinsky in the 2005 production Riot at the Rite.

McArdle is well known for his numerous television roles, the majority of which are period roles. He has recently starred in Garrow's Law as Silvester and in the comedy television series Beautiful people as Andy Doonan. He also worked on the British period drama Mr Selfridge about the founder of the department store Selfridges as Lord Loxley who becomes an archenemy to Harry Selfridge.

Personal life

He is married to ex-Heartbeat actress Aislin McGuckin, and is a cousin of Steve Coogan.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Casualty James O'Hearne TV series (1 episode: "Only the Lonely")
Any Time Now Nedser Fitzgibbon TV series
2004 Judas John the Baptist TV movie
Ella Enchanted Slannen
No Angels Conor Martin TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.9")
Not Only But Always Dudley Moore TV movie
2005 E=mc2 Einstein TV movie
Footprints in the Snow Seamus TV movie
Nova Albert Einstein TV documentary (1 episode: "Einstein's Big Ideas")
Riot at the Rite Igor Stravinsky TV movie
All About George Dave TV series (6 episodes)
Perfect Day Pete TV movie
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Hugh Hornbeam TV movie
Comedy Lab Aiden McCabe TV series (1 episode: "Bad Crowd")
Afterlife Martin TV series (1 episode: "Lullaby")
Jane Eyre John Eshton TV mini-series (3 episodes)
Perfect Day: The Millennium Pete TV movie
2007 The Afternoon Play Dr. Max Freeman TV series (1 episode: "Death Becomes Her")
Green Stuart TV movie
Heavenly Sword Voice Video Game
2008 The Duchess Richard Sheridan
Me and Orson Welles Martin Gabel (Cassius)
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Officer Manager Mike TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.7")
Beautiful People Andy Doonan TV series (12 episodes: 2008–2009)
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Jeremy - The Producer
Casualty 1909 Saul Landau TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.3")
Garrow's Law Silvester TV series (12 episodes)
2011 Late Bloomers James (post-production)
2012 Metamorphosis The First Lodger
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Stephen Norton TV series (1 episode: "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case")
The Mill (TV series) John Doherty TV series
The Borderlands Mark Film
2014-2015 Mr Selfridge Lord Loxley TV series
2015 Clean Break Desmond Rane TV series
2016 The Fall (TV series) Sean Healy TV series


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