Gary Whelan

Gary Whelan
Born 1953
Dublin, Ireland

Gary Whelan (born 1953) is an Irish actor, known for his work on British television.

Early life

Whelan was born in Ireland but he relocated to London when he was ten years old. He then attended Holloway School.[1]


He has portrayed several roles in the police force. He starred in the BBC soap opera EastEnders twice, once as DS Terry Rich from 1985 to 1987, and later as DS Paul Kemmit, in the spin-off EastEnders: Perfectly Frank in 2003. He played DS Terry Amson in Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren in 1991, he played D.I. Harry Haines in the ITV drama, The Bill in 1992–1995, and he also played a policeman in the 1991 film Bernard and the Genie, among others.

He also played Brendan Kearney, the village schoolmaster in Ballykissangel (1996–2001).

On stage Whelan has played Horatio in Hamlet and Salisbury in Richard II. He has also appeared in two of the Pink Panther movies and his other film credits include Cry Freedom, Paper Marriage, Moll Flanders and Michael Collins. Recent film roles were O’Connor in Villa of Roses and Declan Murphy in A Flight of Fancy.

Among Whelan's other television credits are Glenroe, Angels, Hideaway, Minder, The Royal and Kavanagh QC. Gary has also been seen in the roles of Sam Tilley in Uncle Silas and Charlie Pearch in In Deep. In 2005 he appeared in the BBC hospital drama Casualty@Holby City and in 2006 he starred in Channel 4's Goldplated.

Personal life

Whelan's wife is named Gabrielle and they have five children: Jamie-Jo, Harry, Ella, Finnbar and Molly.

Whelan lived in Brighton and owned its popular Lion & Lobster pub from 2001[2] until 2014 when he sold it to a pub chain for £4.5 million and moved to Dublin.[3]


  1. The Old Camdenians Club. Retrieved 31 January 2015
  2. "Bill star takes on roaring trade". The Argus. 4 July 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  3. Vowles, Neil (8 April 2014). "London pub chain buys Brighton's Lion and Lobster for record £4.5m". The Argus. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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