Jack O'Connell (actor)

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Jack O'Connell

O'Connell at the Harry Brown film premiere, November 2009
BornJack O'Connell
(1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 22)[1]
Alvaston, Derby, England
Years active2005 - present
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Jack O'Connell

O'Connell at the Harry Brown film premiere, November 2009
BornJack O'Connell
(1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 22)[1]
Alvaston, Derby, England
Years active2005 - present

Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 1990) is a British actor. 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.


Life and career

O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, the son of Alison J. (née Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell, who worked at Bombardier.[2][3] His father was Irish.[4] His maternal grandfather, Ken Gutteridge, was a professional football player and manager.[5]

O'Connell went to St Benedict Catholic School and Performing Arts College. He 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.

Film career

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,[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 installment 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 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.[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.[15]


2012The LiabilityAdamFilm
2012Tower BlockKurtisFilm
2012Private PeacefulCharlie PeacefulFilm
2011The SomnambulistsMan 10Film
2011ShelterCharlieFilm (short)
2011The RunawayEamonn DochertyTV Drama based on novel by Martina Cole
2011UnitedBobby CharltonTV Drama (Main Role)
2010DiveRobert WisleyTV Drama (Main Role)
2009Harry BrownMarkyFilm
2009–2010, 2013SkinsJames CookSeries 3-4, 7 (Main Role)
2009Wuthering HeightsShepherd LadTV Serial
2008Eden LakeBrettFilm (Main Role)
2007Wire in the BloodJack NortonEpisode 05.01 ("The Names of Angels)
2007Holby CityDavey HuntEpisode 08.01 ("Trust")
2007Waterloo RoadDale BaxterEpisode 02.09
2006This Is EnglandPukey NichollsFilm
2005The BillRoss TrescotSeries 21, 4 episodes
2005DoctorsConnor YatesEpisode 07.01 ("Like Father, Like Son")


  1. ^ O'Connell, Jack (March 9, 2010). "I'm 19 man!". http://twitter.com/Eeeyoohoh/status/10198887422. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Meadows, Shane (2007-04-22). "The Brit pack of UK cinema". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/the-brit-pack-of-uk-cinema-445773.html. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  3. ^ 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...
  4. ^ Jack O'Connell ('The Runaway') - TV Interview - Digital Spy
  5. ^ A moving BBC drama reunites the Busby Babes - Telegraph
  6. ^ Adams, Alison. "Between You & Me". Derbyshire Constabulary. http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/safety/52.html. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  7. ^ Norman, Sally (2008-10-01). "Drama of crime and consequences". Children & Young People Now (Youth Work Now supplement) (Haymarket Media). http://www.cypnow.co.uk/resources/Reviews/850421/Drama-crime-consequences/. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  8. ^ "skins - fourth series just announced! - Skins news - E4.com - skins". E4.com. 2009-03-12. http://www.e4.com/blog/skins-news/post/1oeekau7cvjrbgdtt0cmsg/view.e4?comments-range=6-10&anchor=comment. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  9. ^ Empireonline.com
  10. ^ Barnes, Ruth (2009-10-13). "Caine's chill out". BBC 6 Music. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/news/20091013_michael_caine.shtml. 
  11. ^ Video Chase & Status ft Plan B - End Credits van Chase and Status - Myspace Video
  12. ^ BBC Two - Dive
  13. ^ Ferguson, Euan (2010-07-11). "TV review: Dive; Identity; To Kill a Mockingbird at 50". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/jul/11/dive-identity-mockingbird-at-50. 
  14. ^ "Emmerdale scores TV Choice hat-trick". BBC News. 6 September 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11204820. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Beautiful Creatures: Authors

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