Thursday, 24 February 2011

Jack O’Connell, Movie and TV Star

Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 1990), is a British actor, from Alvaston, Derby, England. He went to St Benedict Catholic School and Performing Arts College. He is perhaps most recognisable for playing Pukey Nicholls in This Is England (2006), Marky in Harry Brown (2009), and as James Cook in the E4 teen drama Skins.

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O'Connell made his acting debut in 2005 appearing in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors, along with four episodes as character Ross Trecot in The Bill. In 2006 O'Connell made his film debut in This Is England, a story about a boy growing up in 1980s England.


During 2007 O'Connell made several minor television appearances in Waterloo Road, Holby City, and Wire in the Blood. He would also go on to star in the play Scarborough, performed at the Edinburgh Festival, for which he later reprised the following year upon its transfer to the Royal Court Theatre, London. In October of that same year, O'Connell starred in an educational DVD, Between You and Me, produced by Derbyshire Constabulary, in which his character Alfie Gilchrist encounters a range of issues including underage drinking, fake ID, peer pressure, and car theft. Youth Work Now magazine described his performance as "outstanding".

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O'Connell appeared in the horror/thriller Eden Lake (2008) as the film villain Brett, the ITV television serial of Wuthering Heights (2009), and as James Cook in the third/fourth installment of the E4 Series Skins, which premiered in January 2009/10.

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O'Connell appears in the British crime thriller Harry Brown with Michael Caine, playing the role of Marky.

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In July 2010, O'Connell starred along side Aisling Loftus in the BBC Two two-part drama Dive as the programme's lead male character, Robert, where a young teenage couple must come to terms with an unexpected pregnancy. His performance was described by The Observer reviewer Euan Ferguson as "a performance that is of an actor twice his years: mesmerising, comedic and soulful"   O'Connell won the best actor award at the 2010 TV Choice awards for his role as Skins character James Cook.


O'Connell will be in a movie in early 2011 called Weekender, and in a short TV film on BBC2 about the Bubsy Babes (the Munich air crash that claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players) where O'Connell plays Sir Bobby Charlton. He is also due to be in a series called The Runaway from Martina Cole's novel, again in 2011.   O'Connell has been featured in the music video "End Credits" by Chase & Status ft. Plan B.


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