Ten Minutes With...Brian Gilligan

Ten Minutes With...Brian Gilligan


In September, Brian Gilligan took over the lead role of Deco in the West End stage version of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments.

He previously played the role of drummer Billy ‘The Animal’ Mooney but landed the leading role when the associate director of the production heard him belting out Marvin Gaye on the staircase of The Palace Theatre.

What are you up to right now?

I’m watching 24 with my girlfriend.

Who are your heroes?

Sean Gilligan (my bro), Danny Foran (my bestie), Brian Gilligan (my dad) and Phil Lynott (my favourite front man).

What’s been the best decade of your life so far and why?

This decade is the best. I’m in the West End and I met a gorgeous woman.

What record/song sends a shiver down your spine?

If I Ever Leave This World by Flogging Mary.

What is your favourite place in Ireland?

The Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry.

What makes you angry?

An empty fridge.

What book influenced you most?

Dave Grohl: Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Other Misadventures

What was the worst moment of your life?

Losing my dad.

Which local star in any field should the world outside Ireland know about?

James Vincent McMorrow.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

I wish my flat was big enough for a dog.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

The sun will always rise in the morning.

What is your favourite film and why?

The Departed. Set in Boston with an excellent cast.

What do you believe in?

Everything happens for a reason.

What trait do others criticise you for?

Trying to do too much at once.

On what occasion is it OK to lie?

When it’s for a good reason.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

Intermezzo (Cavalieri Rusticana),  Mascagni. Gets me every time. And The Godfather Part 3.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Peanut butter.

Who is the love of your life?

Me ma! Always will be.