Stanley was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. After grammer school, he studied at Trinity College in Maths and Civil Engineering while there he joined the Amateur Dramatic Society and there was no looking back. He later co-founded cooperative theatre company Rough Magic with writer/director Declan Hughes and theatre director Lynn Parker, performing in numerous productions including The Country Wife
, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago
. He subsequently went on to perform in several productions at The Gate and The Abbey Theatres in Dublin. In London, Stanley has worked with such great directors as Sam Mendes
in The Plough and the Stars
, Richard Eyre
in Guys and Dolls
and Rufus Norris in Under the Blue Stars
. Recent theatre appearances at the Royal Court include The Alice Trilogy
directed by Ian Rickson and The Shining City
directed by Conor McPherson which he was nominated for Best Actor at The Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2004.
Stanley's television work began on a number of shows for RTE in Dublin. Since moving to London, television appearances have included acclaimed shows such as Spooks, The Commander, Hustle, Waking the Dead and Omagh Bombing. Stanley has just finished filming as a series lead in the drama series Rough Diamond for the BBC.
2007 will see Stanley start work on the new Mike Leigh film. Other film credits include Mike Newell's Into the West, James Sheridan's In The Name of the Father with Daniel Day-Lewis, The Van directed by Stephen Frears, Peter Greenaway's Tulse Luper, The Libertine with Johnny Depp, Paul Morrison's Wondrous Oblivion with Delroy Lindo, John Boorman's The Tiger's Tale and Michael Radford's Flawless. He currently lives in London and continues to work around the world.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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