Brían F. O'Byrne
Brían F. O'Byrne
Portrays Erik Ventris
Born Brían Flynn O'Byrne
May 16, 1967
Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland
Gender Male
Occupation Actor
Years Active 1976–present
Hair Dark Brown

Brían F. O'Byrne is an Irish actor who portrays Erik Ventris in FX's The Bastard Executioner.


Brían F. O'Byrne first attracted notice for his performances in the Martin McDonagh plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane as Pato Dooley and The Lonesome West. He is known for taking on serious and dramatic roles, such as a serial killer in Frozen and a priest accused of child molestation in Doubt. Brían also appeared as a priest in the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. In May 2007, Brían was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Alexander Herzen in Tom Stoppard's 2002 trilogy The Coast of Utopia.

He appeared in the play by John Patrick Shanley Outside Mullingar on Broadway in 2014, and received a nomination for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actor In A Play. In 2011, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Mildred Pierce as Bert Pierce.

Selected FilmographyEdit

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The International
  • Bandits
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Intermission
  • Flashforward
  • Brotherhood
  • Prime Suspect


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot, Part 1" "Pilot, Part 2" "Effigy / Delw" "A Hunger / Newyn" "Piss Profit / Proffidwyr Troeth"
"Thorns / Drain" "Behold the Lamb / Gweled yr Oen" "Broken Things / Pethau Toredig" "The Bernadette Maneuver / Cynllwyn Bernadette" "Blood and Quiescence / Crau a Chwsg"

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