The Kin cast features Aidan Gillen, Clare Dunne and Ciarán Hinds. This info article contains minor spoilers for the Irish crime series. Visit the Vague Visages Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Now streaming on AMC, Kin explores the ups and downs of a Dublin crime family. Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillan stars as the family patriarch, while MCU actor Charlie Cox portrays a conflicted ex-con who tries to go straight. Clare Dunne co-headlines as the primary female lead, a woman who must make a life-changing decision after a personal tragedy in the pilot episode. See below for a complete rundown of the main players in Kin, a series created by Peter McKenna and Ciaran Donnelly.
Kin Cast: Aidan Gillen as Frank Kinsella
Character Profile: The head of an Irish crime organization. He receives narcotics from a more powerful mobster named Eamon Cunningham. Frank believes that earning big money will make his family indispensable to his boss.
Gillen’s Resume: Thomas Carcetti in The Wire (2004-08), Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones (2011-17), Aberama Gold in Peaky Blinders (2017-19), John Reid in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), J. Allen Hynek in Project Blue Book (2019-20)
Kin Cast: Charlie Cox as Michael Kinsella
Character Profile: Frank’s heir to the throne. After being released from prison, he intends to land a regular job. Michael gets caught up in a war between his father and Eamon Cunningham while trying to reunite with his estranged daughter.
Cox’s Resume: Giovanni Bruni in Casanova (2005), Tristan Thorn in Stardust (2007), Owen Sleater in Boardwalk Empire (2011-12), Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything (2014), Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil (2015-18)
Kin Cast: Clare Dunne as Amanda Kinsella
Character Profile: Frank’s daughter-in-law. She’s responsible for laundering dirty money, and seems to be the brains of the operation. Amanda learns that it’s impossible to balance a normal family life with her underworld duties.
Dunne’s Resume: Linda in Monged (2015), Octavius Caesar in The Donmar Warehouse’s All-Female Shakespeare Trilogy (2017-18), Victoria in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Sandra in Herself (2020), Celia in The Last Duel (2021)
Kin Cast: Maria Doyle Kennedy as Bridget “Birdy” Goggins
Character Profile: Frank’s wife. She’s extremely close with her son Michael. Little is revealed about Birdy in the pilot episode.
Kennedy’s Resume: Queen Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors (2007-10), Siobhan Sadler in Orphan Black (2013-17), Penny in Sing Street (2016), Peggy Nottingham in The Conjuring 2 (2016), Jocasta Cameron in Outlander (2018-20)
Kin Cast: Emmett J. Scanlan as Jimmy Kinsella
Character Profile: Amanda’s husband. He offers Michael a place to stay upon being released from prison. Jimmy’s son becomes the first victim in a war with Eamon Cunningham’s crew.
Scanlan’s Resume: Glen Martin in The Fall (2013-16), Josh Mason in Safe (2018), Billy Grade in Peaky Blinders (2019), Lobo in Krypton (2019), Jack O’Doherty in Gangs of London (2020)
Kin Cast: Sam Keeley as Eric “Viking” Kinsella
Character Profile: Frank’s outcast son. He argues with his father about the best way to deal with their enemies. After targeting a member of Cunningham’s crew — Caolan Moore — he gets shot in the final moments of episode 1; an incident that fuels a gangland war.
Keeley’s Resume: Desmond in This Must Be the Place (2011), David in Burnt (2015), Josef Bublík in Anthropoid (2016), Daniel March in Dublin Murders (2019), Smalley in The English Game (2020)
Kin Cast: Ciarán Hinds as Eamon Cunningham
Character Profile: Frank’s drug supplier in Dublin. He’s a stern businessman who doesn’t like to be threatened. Eamon orders a hit on Viking in the pilot episode, which results in the death of Jimmy’s son.
Hinds’ Resume: Gaius Julius Caesar in Rome (2005-07), Roy Bland in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), John Franklin in The Terror (2018), Pabbie in Frozen II (2019)
The Kin cast also includes Hannah Adeogun (Women on the Verge), Baz Black (Into the Badlands, Dublin Murders), Anthony Kinahan (Red Rock, Vikings), Slaney Power (Normal People, Foundation) and Gwynne McElveen (Nightflyers, Normal People).
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