|Chris O’Dowd Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||October 9, 1979|
Chris O’Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian, best known for his role of Roy Trenneman in the comedy series The IT Crowd between 2006 and 2013, as well as starring in series such as Girls (2012-2013) as Thomas-John, The Clinic (2003-2005) as Brendan Davenport, and Moone Boy that he created and starred in from 2012 to 2015 as Sean Murphy, for which he received an Emmy Award for his writing skills in 2013 for “Best Comedy”.
Chris appeared in many well-known movies such as Pirate Radio (2009) as Simon, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) with Anna Faris, and Gulliver’s Travels (2010) alongside Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, and Amanda Peet. He was awarded an AACTA Award in 2013 for “Best Lead Actor” for the movie The Sapphires (2012). Chris also had a prominent role in a romantic comedy Juliet, Naked in 2018, where he starred alongside Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.
Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Chris attended University College Dublin where he studied sociology and politics but didn’t finish his degree because he didn’t have enough of an interest in sociology to complete it.
He then enrolled in London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but left before he graduated once again, citing having no outlet for comedy as the reason for his decision.
Actor, Comedian, Singer
- Father – Seán O’Dowd (Graphic Designer)
- Mother – Denise O’Dowd (Psychotherapist, Counsellor)
- Siblings – He has 4 older siblings.
Chris O’Dowd is represented by –
- William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment (Talent Agent Theatrical), Beverly Hills, California, United States
- 3 Arts Entertainment (Manager), Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Gordon and French (Talent Agent Theatrical), London, England, United Kingdom
- Independent Public Relations (IPR) (Publicist), United States
Jazz, R&B/Soul, Adult Contemporary, Rock, Pop
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Chris O’Dowd has dated –
- Dawn née Porter O’Porter (2009-Present) – He met Dawn, a Scottish TV presenter, and director, at her 30th birthday party in 2009, in Los Angeles, California, and quickly took interest in her. In 2010, the pair were living together in Los Angeles along with 2 pets, dog Potato, and cat Lilu. On December 30, 2011, Chris and Dawn got engaged, and not long after, on August 26, 2012, they got married. Instead of taking his last name, Dawn simply added the letter “O” to hers, thus changing her last name to O’Porter. They have 2 children together, Arthur “Art” O’Porter (bo. February 1, 2015) and Valentine O’Porter (b. July 1, 2017).
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Irish descent.
- Tall, slim build
- Often wears stubble facial hair
- Wavy, unruly haircut
- Blue eyes
- Droopy eyelids
- Thick Irish accent
Chris appeared in a TV commercial for Daz Washing Powder in 2002, as well as a TV spot for the shoe brand Nike titled Choose your Winter in 2014.
Best Known For
- Having portrayed the role of Sean Murphy in Moone Boy (2012-2015) TV series
- Starring in The Sapphires (2012) as Dave Lovelace
- Appearing as Ray in F.A.Q. About Time Travel (2009)
- Having notable roles in films such as Of Mice and Men (2014), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), and Molly’s Game (2017)
- Having a guest role off Ronnie in the romantic comedy This Is 40 (2012)
As a Singer
His first music performer role was in the song The Loco-Motion in an episode Smoke and Mirrors of The IT Crowd TV series in 2007. In 2012, Chris also sang the song titled I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) in the comedy-drama movie The Sapphires.
Chris O’Dowd made his theatrical film debut as James in the drama-thriller movie Conspiracy of Silence in 2003.
First TV Show
Chris O’Dowd made his TV show debut as Bernie Maddox in an episode titled Crush of the crime-drama series Red Cap in 2003.
Chris O’Dowd Favorite Things
- Sport – Soccer
- Hobby – Collecting Chocolate Bar Wrappers
Source – IMDb
Chris O’Dowd Facts
- He was around the height of 6 foot when he was 11 years old, which he said deterred girls as he was gigantic.
- Growing up, he wanted to be a serious actor like Daniel Day-Lewis but later realized comedy is more suited towards his personality.
- In 2017, Chris had a notable role of Douglas Downey in Molly’s Game (2017), alongside Hollywood actors Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Idris Elba, and Jessica Chastain.
- Chris borrowed his voice to Grub in an animated adventure film Epic (2013). Other well-known musicians and socialites that participated as voice actors were Beyoncé Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell, Pitbull, Christopher Waltz, and Jason Sudeikis.
- Chris represented his hometown of Roscommon in Gaelic football at 3 levels, minor, under-16, and under-21. His performance as a goalkeeper during the Connacht Minor finals against Mayo in 1997, was covered by the highlights reel broadcast by the RTÉ Sport, a well known Irish channel, in their The Sunday Game program.
- He was a part of the left-wing political party titled Ógra Fianna Fáil during his student days, and came up with a slogan “Vote Young Fianna Fáil, for hurling in the halls”, which was a huge success among the student population.
- Chris had a minor role in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), alongside Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst, and Jeff Bridges.
- He won a Scottish BAFTA Award in 2006, for his role of a stand-up comedian Tommy O’Dwyer in the movie Festival (2005).
- He appeared in a 2014 Broadway revival for a theater play Of Mice and Men. His co-stars were James Franco and Leighton Meester. In April 2014, after the success of the play, he had a presentation for the organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the Easter Bonnet Competition event.
- He starred alongside Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy in Hippie Hippie Shake, which ended up not being released in cinemas. The story had roots in the 1960s-based Oz magazine, and Chris played the role of Felix Dennis, who would later become a successful publisher of the Maxim magazine, and even met the real Dennis during filming which inspired his performance.
- Chris had a minor role of Rhodes in the comedy film Bridesmaids (2011) with Terry Crews and Kristen Wiig, and also starred in Friends With Kids the same year, alongside Adam Scott and Jon Hamm.
- In 2012, he played Ronnie in This is 40, a romantic comedy starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, and Iris Apatow.
- Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Featured Image by Chris O’Dowd / Instagram