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Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1990-08-01 (30 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Alvaston, Derby, England, UK

30 Movies · 12 TV shows

Biography

Jack O'Connell is an English actor. He made his film debut as a teenage skinhead in This Is England (2006) He later found fame as the hard-living James Cook on the E4 teen series Skins (2009–2010) He has also played lead roles in Dive (2010) and United (2011) O'Connell gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up (2013) and '71 (2014) He subsequently starred as war hero Louis Zamperini in the war film Unbroken (2014), for which he received the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He has since starred in the thriller Money Monster (2016) and the Netflix western limited series Godless (2017)

Career

O'Connell made his professional acting debut in 2005. His stage debut came that same year after a rendition of the play The Spider Men. O'Connell played his debut film role in This Is England (2006), a critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama set in the skinhead subculture of the early 1980s. During 2007, O'Connell appeared in television episodes of Waterloo Road, Holby City and Wire in the Blood. He played a 15-year-old pupil involved in a sexual relationship with his teacher in the play Scarborough. In the horror–thriller Eden Lake (2008), he played a psychopathic gang leader who terrorises a young married couple. O'Connell won a TV Choice Award for his performance in the fourth series. Grantland writer Amos Barshad opined that none "ever quite matched the luminescent, leering mania of O'Connell's Cook" He has said of Cook, "He's probably the most similar character to myself that I had the good fortune of portraying" His portrayal of a teenaged father in the BBC Two drama Dive (2010) earned him critical praise. His next film, the theatrically released Weekender (2011), showcased the Manchester rave scene of the early 1990s. Following a lead role in the Sky1 serial The Runaway ( 2011), O'Connell starred as football player Bobby Charlton in another well-receivedBBC Two drama, United (2011) O'Connell's career breakthrough came when he starred in the independent prison drama Starred Up (2013) His portrayal of a violent teenager in the same prison as his father received widespread critical acclaim. O'Connell next starred in another acclaimed independent film, '71 (2014), portraying a soldier deployed to Belfast at the height of political violence in Northern Ireland. O'Connell received consecutive nominations for the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. He portrayed Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American Olympic distance runner who, as a bombardier in the Second World War, survived a plane crash over the Pacific and was held for two years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. O'Connell underwent a strict diet to lose almost 30 pounds and worked with a dialect coach to mask his thick Derbyshire accent. He is the tenth recipient of the publicly voted BAFTA Rising Star Award. He is also the 10th person to receive the award in its 10th year of existence. He has been nominated for a total of nine BAFTA awards. He was also nominated for three other BAFTAs.

Personal Life

O'Connell has said that he does not consider himself British, instead identifying specifically with his Derbyshire upbringing and Irish heritage. While living in Bristol during his tenure on Skins, he acquired a reputation in the tabloids as a "party boy", a "bad boy", and a "bit of rough" O'Connell's troubled youth has influenced his work, resulting in him playing mainly delinquents for the first decade of his career. He regularly gave interviews while hungover. His childhood nickname "Jack the Lad" (a phrase meaning "a conspicuously self-assured, carefree, brash young man") is tattooed on his arm. By age 24, he had largely changed his lifestyle, saying, "I'm not trying to have the most fun I've ever had ever, anymore" He has credited Angelina Jolie, who directed him in his first Hollywood film Unbroken, with influencing his outlook. He described working with her as an "intervention"

Early Life

O'Connell was born on 1 August 1990 into a working-class family in Alvaston, Derbyshire. His father, Johnny Patrick O'Connell, was an Irish immigrant from Ballyheigue who worked on the British railways for Bombardier until his death in 2009. His mother, Alison (née Gutteridge), who is English, was employed by the airline British Midland before taking on management of her son's career. O'Connell aspired to become a professional footballer. He played as a striker for Alvaston Rangers and was later scouted by Derby County FC. His younger sister, Megan, is an actress. O'Connell is the grandson of Ken Gutteridge, a player and later manager at Burton Albion FC. As a youth, O'Connell was in and out of court on charges related to alcohol and violence. He received a one-year young offender's referral order when he was 17. After a series of injuries ended his career, he wanted to join the British Army. His juvenile criminal record prevented him from enlisting in the army. At age 16, O'Connell left Saint Benedict Catholic School with two GCSEs in drama and English. He took an interest in acting during the compulsory drama classes. From age 13 he attended the free Television Workshop in Nottingham. He began attending auditions in London, where he sometimes slept outside. He eventually moved to Hounslow in London, working in between acting parts. He worked as a farmhand in Cobham, Surrey, before moving to London. He later became an actor himself, appearing in films and TV shows. He died in a car crash on a motorway in Surrey in 2007.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

2019.

2 Movies

2018.

1 Movie

2017.

3 Movies · 1 TV show

2016.

2 Movies

2014.

6 Movies

2013.

1 Movie

2012.

4 Movies

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

2009.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

2008.

1 Movie

2007.

2 TV shows

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

2002.

1 TV show

2000.

1 TV show

1999.

1 TV show

1984.

1 TV show

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
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