1995

Colin Farrell

Colin the Model

At 19, Farrell does his first modeling shoot, taken in an abandoned Colgate plant in Sydney. But the fit actor claims he invests little effort in maintaining his physique – his methods for staying fit include laying off food and indulging in his beloved pints of Guinness. "I don't go to the gym or practice yoga," he tells In Style in 2002. "The closest thing I have to a nutritionist is the Carlsberg Beer Co. I just have the appetite of a pigeon."

1998

October

His Big Two Minutes

Farrell hits the small screen in the first of seven episodes on the BBC series Ballykissangel. He lands the role quickly. "His audition ended in two minutes flat," Irish actor Victor Burke tells PEOPLE. But "a few weeks later, Colin rang me to say he'd got the job."

2000

Colin Farrell

October 06

Breakthrough Role

Without having read the script for Tigerland, Farrell auditions and earns himself a callback and the part on charm alone. The movie kicks off Farrell's rapid ascent to stardom. In it, he plays Bozz, a rebellious soldier who helps his friends escape the army before they are sent off to Vietnam. Though the film grosses only $139,500, it wins Farrell acclaim and a professional relationship with director Joel Schumacher.

2001

Colin Farrell

July 17

Wedding Bells

Farrell weds actress Amelia Warner in Tahiti, but the couple split just four months later. "Too fast, too young," the actor (who had Warner's name tattooed around his ring finger) tells PEOPLE.

August 14

Going Western

American Outlaws premieres, with Farrell starring as Jesse James. What's an Irish guy doing playing an American bandit, Interview asks? "I have no idea," Farrell tells the magazine. "I thought, 'I got a chance to play Jesse James. I better take it.'"

2002

Colin Farrell

June 17

More A-List Action

Minority Report premieres and Farrell shares the screen with Tom Cruise. According to PEOPLE, Farrell takes home $2.5 million for the movie.

2003

Colin Farrell

January 28

Raising Eyebrows

At the premiere of The Recruit, Farrell, 26, sets tongues wagging when he walks the red carpet with a 21-year-old Britney Spears. The two are seen together again that night, smooching on his Chateau Marmont hotel-room balcony. The actor insists in PEOPLE, "We're just mates and we're not dating."

February 14

Valentine's Hit

Farrell plays an assassin named Bullseye alongside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Daredevil, a comic-book adaptation which grosses $102.5 million. Costar Garner jokes to PEOPLE, "He's taking advantage of how adorable he is. And I'm glad for him. But he better not get close to my sister!"

April 03

Action!

Farrell plays a publicist in the line of a sniper's fire in Phone Booth with Katie Holmes. Following the success of Daredevil and Phone Booth, Farell scores his third No. 1 premiere with the release of S.W.A.T., costarring Samuel L. Jackson, L.L. Cool J and Michelle Rodriguez.

Colin Farrell

May 12

Making the List

Farrell nabs a spot on PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful issue, and films a well-publicized nude scene for the drama, A Home at the End of the World. But when the film is released, the scene is cut, causing a stir. "I don't think it was needed," Farrell tells EW. "Now with all the f----- press, it seems like a marketing ploy, because [people] will go to see what they're not going to see."

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): STUART CAMPBELL/ZUMA; 20th Century FOX/Everett ; Steve Granitz/WireImage; 20th Century FOX/Everett; Daily Celeb; Peter Johnson/Shooting Star

Name
Colin Farrell
Date of Birth
May 31, 1976
Birth Place
Castleknock, Ireland
Relationships
Alicja Bachleda, ex-girlfriend (2009 to 2010)
Muireann McDonnell, ex-girlfriend (2007 to 2008)
Kim Bordenave, ex-girlfriend (2003 to 2004)
Nicole Narain, ex-girlfriend (July 2002 to Jan. 2003)
Amelia Warner, ex-wife (July 2001 to Nov. 2001)
Children
James Farrell, son (9/12/2003)
Henry Tadeusz Farrell, son (10/7/2009)
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