Stanley is from Dublin, and has lived in New York where he has extended
family. Accents range from Southern
Irish to Standard & East Coast American to cockney and RP.
On stage he's currently playing The Earl
of Kent in Sam Mendes' modern dress take of King Lear (The National). He was Dr Harry Hyman in Arthur Miller's Broken Glass,
opposite Antony Sher & Tara Fitzgerald (The Vaudeville, West End), and performed opposite Helen Mirren in Jean Racine's Phèdre (The National, and broadcast live to 50
cinemas across the UK). Other roles
include Otto Fallon in David Hare's Gethsemane (The National, Cottesloe Theatre), Rick Pack
in Remember This, Finbar in The Weir, Ivan in Art, Big Julie in Guys & Dolls and The Prisoner
in Who Shall Be Happy. He received a Best Actor Nomination in
the 2004 Evening Standard Theatre
Awards, for John in Conor
McPherson's Shining City.
On film his many roles include Danny
Machin in Killing Bono, Tramp in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky,
Garda Hourican in Isolation, Keown in The Libertine, Irving Gold in Suzie Gold, Byrnes in Dot.Kill, Victor Wiseman in Wonderous Oblivion, Mickey Mac in Mystics,
Matapan in Station Jim, and Hooker's Driver in In The Name Of The Father.
Stanley's recent TV appearances include John
Frobisher in Fresh Meat, mobster
boss Bulkat Babur in The
Shadow Line (BBC One), Moscati , Rufus Sewell's angry boss in Zen (BBC One), and restaurateur Angelo in Sherlock (BBC One). He was also Mick in He Kills Coppers (ITV1), Saddam Hussein in Saddam's Tribe (lead role, Channel 4), Charlie Carrick in Rough
Diamond series (BBC One), D.I. Bailey in Waking The Dead, and King Philip of Spain in The Virgin Queen. Other appearances include Spooks, Proof, Hustle, Wire In The Blood, Heartbeat, Ballykissangel, Jonathan Creek, A Touch Of Frost, and The Governor. More recently he was Inspector Hackett opposite Gabriel
Byrne and Nick Dunning in the mini-series
Quirke, Anatol Stolnavich in 24: Live Another
Day (Sky One), and we'll soon be
seeing him as the King of Valencia in
the new series of Galavant (UK based
His voice work also keeps him very busy. He's voiced promos for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, TCM, MTV, Discovery, National
Geographic, FX, Animal Planet, CNN, Reality TV, Sky, Sci-Fi, BBC Worldwide, BBC1, UKTV, Channel 4,
E4, More 4, Film Four and Five. His commercials include campaigns for TK Maxx, Guinness, Lenor, Viatel, Head & Shoulders, Domestos and Riverdance,
as well as lots of movie ads like The
Book Of Eli, Final Destination IV,
Paranormal Activity, Avatar, Oliver Stone's W, Paradise Lost, Death Sentence, History Of Violence, Domino,
Kingdom Of Heaven, Monster In Law, Saw, The Village, Dawn Of The Dead, Alien and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
He's recorded corporates for BBC, British Airways and IBM, and documentaries
including The Life Of Philip Lynott
(Thin Lizzie), and re-voicing for National Geographic's Seconds From Disaster, and he was the 'Voice of God' acts announcer for
Wembley's Live Earth concert 2007. His character voicing covers games The Witcher, Guild 2, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire
(voicing Mad-Eye Moody), Spartan: Total Warrior, Grey Goose and Powerdrome, as well as lots of ADR/dubbing such as on Roland Joffe's There Be Dragons, Hell Boy 2,
Two Brothers and Lord Of The Rings. More recently he's voiced the Victor Hugo, Vladimir Trunkov and Ivan The Tow Truck characters in Cars 2.
His audiobooks including Declan
Hughes' books The Dying Breed
(nominated for the 2010 Audies Awards)
and All The Dead Voices.