Biography of Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh is an Irish-English playwright and screenwriter known for his irreverent, darkly comic scripts. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, winning once, has won three Olivier Awards, and been nominated for four Tony Awards. His best-known plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, The Lonesome West, and Hangmen.

McDonagh was born in London to Irish parents. His first six plays all take place in Galway, his parents' home and the place where he spent holidays. These plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), A Skull in Connemara (1997) and The Lonesome West (1997), The Cripple of Inishmaan (1996), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) and The Banshees of Inisheer. His best known play is The Pillowman, which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 2003. A Behanding in Spokane is his first play set in America, and premiered on Broadway in 2010.

In addition to plays, McDonagh is a screenwriter. In 2006, his short film Six Shooter won the Academy Award. His other films include In Bruges, for which he was nominated for another Academy Award, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, for which he was nominated again for Best Original Screenplay.


Study Guides on Works by Martin McDonagh

Prior to writing and directing 2008's In Bruges, Martin McDonagh was an accomplished playwright and short film maker, responsible for plays like The Pillowman and short films like the Oscar-winning Six Shooter (2004). The film is set and was...

The Pillowman is a play by Martin McDonagh that premiered in 2003, and went on to receive the Olivier Award for Best Play as well as two Tony Awards. It tells the story of a morbid writer facing charges of enacting the murders depicted in his...

Six Shooter is a 27 minute 2004 short film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The central actors include Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy, and Domhnall Gleeson. McDonagh's film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film....