Brendan Gunn holds an MA and a PhD in linguistics. He began working as a Dialogue and Dialect Coach in 1986 after leaving the University of Ulster where he was a Lecturer in Linguistics. From the initial project which took him into the world of film, television and theatre -’A Prayer for the Dying’ starring Mickey Rourke – Brendan has gone on to become one of the most in demand vocal coaches around, especially after his work on the Jim Sheridan film ‘In the Name of the Father’ which earned Oscar nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite in their lead roles.
Brendan has consistently worked with many of the world’s most well-known and talented actors, as evidenced by Brad Pitt’s request for his help on ‘The Devil’s Own, ‘Meet Joe Black’ and the Guy Ritchie cult hit ‘Snatch’.
Similarly Edward Norton asked to work with Brendan to achieve his character voices for ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘The Illusionist’ and ‘The Painted Veil.’
Brendan has also ended up in on-screen appearances speaking with dialects ranging from Irish to English, Australian to American and whatever else is required.
After over thirty years experience Brendan has dealt with a vast range of vocal styles and subjects from character dialect in film television and theatre to accent reduction for non-native speakers of Engli
sh and from television presenting to public speaking. Clients from the Americas to Asia have benefited from his linguistic skills and made his name a first choice for many of Hollywood’s ‘A’-List and Britain’s premier theatre doyens.