Gerard McCarthy (born 31 March 1981) is an Irish actor from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Gerard McCarthy was awarded Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Scholarship to train at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2002.
He currently plays Kevin McSwain in BBC 2's BAFTA nominated drama The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson.
On Netflix, he can be seen alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Neve Campbell and Joely Richardson as Ashley Stokes in Titanic: Blood & Steel, an epic 12-part series charting the extraordinary construction of RMS Titanic in the shipyards of Edwardian Belfast. The series was nominated for 5 IFTA Awards including Best Series.
He played Brondsted in the first episode of Michael Hirst's History Channel series Vikings, starring Gabriel Byrne.
McCarthy also played Rory Thompson in Samson Films' Belonging to Laura, a modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan directed by Karl Golden, which was nominated for Best Single Drama at the IFTA Awards.
McCarthy is known for his award-winning performance as Kris Fisher on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2010, for which he was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the British Soap Awards and the National Television Awards.
On stage, McCarthy made his Shakespearean debut as Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe in London. The production received widespread critical acclaim and subsequently transferred to New York and Los Angeles with McCarthy reprising his role in both cities. 2012 also saw him return to the stage in a highly acclaimed production of Joe Penhall's Olivier Award winning play Blue/Orange.
He recently filmed the BBC comedy Puppy Love, written by and starring Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine (co-creators of the BAFTA nominated Getting On), and returned to the stage at the end of 2014 in the world premiere of Jonathan Harker and Dracula
McCarthy's debut feature film, A Nightingale Falling, premiered at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh.
In 2015 McCarthy returned to his homeland with the one-man show Cat - The Play by Richard Hardwick & Jamie Beamish before commencing a national tour of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing, in which he played Tony. Shortly after, he played George Bailey in the UK premiere of It's A Wonderful Life at Penge's Bridgehouse Theatre, directed by Guy Retallack.
2016 saw McCarthy return to Hollyoaks as a member of the core writing team, he then reprised his role of Kevin McSwain in season 3 of The Fall.
Most recently, McCarthy played the leading role of David Hothouse in the UK premiere of "Stalking The Bogeyman". The production received widespread critical & public acclaim with McCarthy receiving a Best Actor nomination at the Off West End Awards.
McCarthy began his association with the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in October 2007 when he overcame his fear of heights by leading a fundraising abseil event, in which he had to climb down Belfast's Europa Hotel. He then became a celebrity supporter of The White Sapphire Ball in aid of the NI Children's Hospice, which auctioned off a romantic dinner with McCarthy for £4,500. In December 2009, he took part in a celebrity version of Panic Attack and won £1000 for the NI Children's Hospice.
In January 2010, McCarthy led the Belfast4Haiti 5K run in his home city with Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters. The event was organised to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.