Magazine article Variety

Emmett Scanlan

Magazine article Variety

Emmett Scanlan

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CLAIM TO FAME

Irish thesp Emmett Scanlan, 35, is best known for playing badboy Brendan Brady in Brit soap "Hollyoaks." He co-stars in the BBC series "The Fall" with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Doman, and played the head riot guard in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

'ROCKY' START

Growing up in Dublin, he caught the acting bug when he saw "Rocky" on TV. "I remember being a kid watching the movie by myself in the living room," he says. "Right then, I knew I wanted to do what Stallone did. I wanted to act."

FLYING FISTS

Scanlan got to use some of Rocky's moves in 2009 Irish drama "Once Upon a Time in Dublin," where he plays a bare-knuckle fighter who has to come to terms with the murder of his younger brother, and leaves a bloody trail behind him. For a kid who wanted to be the hero, he notes he's often been cast as the villain. "The irony is I've ended up as the Dolph Lundgren on most of my projects," he says.

LEARNING TO FAIL

Scanlan has had disappointments. …

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