Actor/producer Colm Meaney, is to be “honored for his outstanding contribution to the world of the stage and screen at the Irish Post Awards” announced Irish newspaper The Irish Post.

Colm Meaney in Science Fiction

Meaney is best known to SCIFI.radio fans for playing Chief Miles O’Brien in225 episodes of  Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Like many Star Trek actors, he once voiced a character on Disney’s Gargoyles, Mr. Dugan in “The Hound of Ulster.”  He also played Cowen, leader of the Genii,  in three episodes of Stargate: Atlantis, was Commander Plank in Disney’s Zenon: Z3,  and in the Emmy-nominated TV mini-series Alice, he was the King of Hearts.

Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
Colm Meaney as Miles O’Brien {image via Paramount}

Colm Meaney in Other Roles

His non-genre roles include Morgan the Goat in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain, Duncan Malloy in Con Air, Doc Durant in Hell on Wheels, Patrick Barker in the new Samuel L. Jackson drama, The Banker, Pat Farrell in Alan Partridge, the pilot of Windsor Flight 114 in Die Hard 2, and Mr. Rabbitte in The Commitments. He not only was executive producer of Halal Daddy, but starred in the movie as Martin Logan.

Colm Meaney was born in Dublin, May 30, 1953, and has been performing since the age of fourteen. As a member of the Irish National Theatre, he performed in Ireland and England. He has been in television shows and movies in Ireland, England, and the USA. He has been married twice, to Irish actress  Bairbre Dowling (Edith in ST: Voyager “Spirit Folk”, Star in Zardoz) from 1977 to 1994, and to French costume designer Ines Glorian since 2007. He currently lives in Majorca.

Colm Meaney as Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr. in The Commitments {image via Beacon Communications}


Meaney won the Best Actor IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) for his portrayal of Irish politician Martin McGuinness in the film The Journey in 2017. He won the IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film for his role as Harry Maloney in How Harry Became a Tree. Meaney will be honored on Thursday, November 14, 2019, when live coverage of the Irish Post Awards kicks off on TG4 at 9.30pm. TG4 is an Irish television channel, which is available on-line and through its on demand service TG4 Player.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.

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