Jack O'Connell (actor)

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Jack O'Connell
Born(1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 24)
Alvaston, Derby, England
Years active2005–present
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Jack O'Connell
Born(1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 24)
Alvaston, Derby, England
Years active2005–present

Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 1990) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Pukey Nicholls in This Is England (2006), Marky in Harry Brown (2009), as James Cook in the E4 teen drama Skins and Eric in Starred Up (2014). He is set to star in the Angelina Jolie directed war-drama Unbroken based on the life of Louis Zamperini.

Early life[edit]

O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, the son of Alison J. (née Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell, who worked at Bombardier.[1][2] His father was Irish (from Kerry) and his mother is English.[3][4] His maternal grandfather, Ken Gutteridge, was a professional football player and manager.[5] He attended Saint Benedict Catholic School.


O'Connell at the Harry Brown film premiere, November 2009

O'Connell made his professional 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 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,[6] 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".[7]

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/seventh instalment of the E4 Series Skins, which premiered in January 2009/10/13.[8] O'Connell appears in the British crime thriller Harry Brown (2009) with Michael Caine, playing the role of Marky.[9] Subsequently, O'Connell featured in the music video of End Credits by UK Drum and Bass act Chase & Status, which was the official song released from the movie's soundtrack.[10][11]

In July 2010, O'Connell starred alongside 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.[12] 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".[13] O'Connell won the best actor award at the 2010 TV Choice awards for his role as Skins character James Cook.[14]

O'Connell was initially cast as Ethan Wate in the film Beautiful Creatures, but dropped out of the film due to scheduling issues and was replaced by Alden Ehrenreich.[15]

According to Variety, O'Connell was among one of the top candidates for the role of Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four, which went to Miles Teller.[16]



2006This Is EnglandPukey Nicholls
2006Black DogChrisShort film
2008Eden LakeBrett
2009Wayfaring StrangerBobby BrewerShort film
2009Harry BrownMarky
2010The Hardest PartThugShort film
2011The SomnambulistsMan 10
2011ShelterCharlieShort film
2012Private PeacefulCharlie Peaceful
2012The LiabilityAdam
2012Tower BlockKurtis
2013Starred UpEric LoveDublin International Film Festival Award for Best Actor [17]
Les Arcs International Film Festival Award for Best Actor [18]
Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Best Actor [19]
2014300: Rise of an EmpireCalisto
2014UnbrokenLouis ZamperiniPost-Production
2015Tulip FeverWilliamFilming


2005DoctorsConnor YatesEpisode: "Like Father, Like Son"
2005The BillRoss Trescot4 episodes
2007Waterloo RoadDale Baxter1 episode
2007Holby CityDavey HuntEpisode: "Trust"
2007Wire in the BloodJack NortonEpisode: "The Names of Angels"
2009Wuthering HeightsShepherd Lad
2010DiveRobert Wisley
2011UnitedBobby Charlton
2011The RunawayEamonn Docherty6 episodes
2009–2010, 2013SkinsJames CookTV Choice Award for Best Actor[20]
TV Quick Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Monte-Carlo TV Festival Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series [21]


  1. ^ Meadows, Shane (22 April 2007). "The Brit pack of UK cinema". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ WITH a passion for football running through his veins, clinching the role of Bobby Charlton in BBC's United was a dream come true for Derby actor Jack O'Connell. | This is Der...
  3. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/jack-o-connell-from-skins-to-superstardom-1.1732353
  4. ^ Jack O'Connell ('The Runaway') – TV Interview – Digital Spy
  5. ^ Grant, Olly (21 April 2011). "A moving BBC drama reunites the Busby Babes". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  6. ^ Adams, Alison. "Between You & Me". Derbyshire Constabulary. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  7. ^ Norman, Sally (1 October 2008). "Drama of crime and consequences". Children & Young People Now (Youth Work Now supplement) (Haymarket Media). Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  8. ^ "skins – fourth series just announced! – Skins news – E4.com – skins". E4.com. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  9. ^ Empireonline.com
  10. ^ Barnes, Ruth (13 October 2009). "Caine's chill out". BBC 6 Music. BBC. 
  11. ^ Video Chase & Status ft Plan B – End Credits van Chase and Status – Myspace Video
  12. ^ BBC Two – Dive
  13. ^ Ferguson, Euan (11 July 2010). "TV review: Dive; Identity; To Kill a Mockingbird at 50". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ "Emmerdale scores TV Choice hat-trick". BBC News. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Beautiful Creatures: Authors
  16. ^ Variety http://variety.com/2013/film/news/fantastic-four-3-1200708738/ |url= missing title (help). 
  17. ^ "DUBLIN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCE JURY AWARD WINNERS AT JDIFF". Dublin International Film Festival. November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’ Wins Les Arcs Film Fest’s Top Award". Variety. December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "2013 Nominations Announced for the 16th Annual British Independent Film Awards". British Independent Film Awards. November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "TV Choice Awards 2010: Full list of winners". TV Choice. September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ "50 Eme Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo". Monte-Carlo Television Festival. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 

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