Ciaran O’Grady


Ciaran has been working in the film and theatre industry since 1998. In 2003 he graduated from the Theatre Studies programme at Inchicore College and later went on to train with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Ciaran has trained extensively in armed and unarmed stage combat in Ireland and in the USA. He is among Ireland’s leading experts in theatrical violence and as well as acting he regularly works as a stage combat instructor, stunt performer, and fight director.

TV and film credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), Dublin Berlin (Annville Films), The Crown and the Dragon (Arrowstorm Entertainment), Ripper Street (BBC), Saving the Titanic (Tile Films), Dawn of the Dragonslayer (Arrowstorm Entertainment), No Justice (Bootstrap Films), A Christmas Carol (October Eleven Pictures), Cold Turkey (Parallel Films), Craic Whores (Nonnzer Films), Anton (i4i Productions), and The Tudors (Showtime).

Theatre credits include Shrewsbury Road (The Jack Burdell Experience), The New York Monologues (Focus Theatre), Moonshine Travellers (Aiken Promotions), Julius Caesar (Abbey Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Fiasco Productions), Spoon Fed (Dublin Fringe ’05), and Romeo and Juliet (Inchicore College). Ciaran has been a member of Whiplash Productions since its inception in 2006. With Whiplash he has worked as a production manager, fight choreographer, and actor in shows such as Red Line DeadlineSpartacus: Highway to Hell, and the critically acclaimed War of the Roses Trilogy.

Fight directing credits include Twelfth Night (Abbey Theatre), The Bachelor of Kilkish (Bottom Dog), MacBeth (NI Opera), Teenage Kicks (Millennium Forum), Animus (Dublin Fringe ’13), Digging for Fire (Rough Magic), Playboy of the Western World (Smock Alley Players), Heroin(e) for Breakfast (Pillowtalk), White Star of the North (Lyric Theatre), True West (Ramblin Man), and Big Maggie (Druid).

Ciaran teaches stage combat at the Gaiety School of Acting  and the Lir Academy and has choreographed fights for a great many of their productions over the years.

Ciaran  is a member of Stunt Register Ireland and has worked as a stunt performer on all three seasons of the History Channel’s Vikings, Season 3 of Showtimes Penny Dreadful, Season 2 of AMC’s Into the Badlands, ITV’s Jekyll and Hyde and the forthcoming period action drama Pilgrimage starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage