Stephen Mangan

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Mangan in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Stephen James Mangan

Place of Birth: Enfield, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 16 May, 1968

Ethnicity: Irish

Stephen Mangan is a British actor.

Stephen was born in Ponders End, London, England. His parents, Mary (Donohoe) and James Mangan, were Irish Catholics. He is married to actress Louise Delamere, with whom he has three children.

In an interview with The Guardian, Stephen stated:

My parents were from a village on the west coast of Ireland and I look like a lot of people from that area. It’s the black Irish look. The way I look has opened a lot of doors… At Rada, we did a showcase for casting directors; one of them dropped their notes and I saw next to my name, “weird/foreign-looking”. I did Saturday Live and someone rang in with a question: “Please ask Stephen Mangan if he bursts out laughing every time he looks in the mirror, because his face is so funny!” I suppose I could take that either way. I don’t consider myself good-looking, I don’t think I am ugly – I am somewhere in the middle.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was John Mangan (the son of Michael Mangan and Bridget Clancey). John was born in Doohoma, Mayo, Ireland.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was named Bridget (the daughter of Michael and Sarah Heneghan).

Stephen’s maternal grandparents were named Geoffrey Donohoe and Anne Reilly.

Source: Genealogy of Stephen Mangan –

9 Responses

  1. athelya says:

    he looks typically irish

    • ses101 says:

      He doesn’t look typically Irish, but there are Irish people with with curly dark hair and brown eyes. It’s not impossible he could be full Celt, but he could also have a trace of Norman or Spanish in him from later settlers around the coast.

  2. gel says:

    “Black Irish”? – People with dark hair!
    The guy is a bit of a knob.

  3. andrew says:

    his parents are from County Mayo

  4. andrew says:

    the casting director who wrote “weird/foreign-looking” should be sacked!

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