Birth Date: October 9, 1979
Birth Place: County Roscommon, Ireland
Notable Films: Bridesmaids, Thor: The Dark World, Calvary, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Awards: BAFTA Award (Best Male Performance in a Comedy | The IT Crowd – Nominated)
Chris O’Dowd Biography:
O’Dowd was born in Ireland to father Sean (a graphic designer) and mother Denise (a counselor). The youngest of five siblings, O’Dowd had a keen interest in sport when he was a child. In fact, it could have been so different for Chris, as he represented Roscommon in Gaelic football. After high school, he enrolled at University College Dublin to study politics and sociology. He didn’t finish his degree, and instead attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
After scooping roles in the TV shows, Redcap and The Clinic, as well as Irish movie Conspiracy of Silence (2003), O’Dowd enjoyed much more mainstream success. In 2006 he won one of the leading roles in Graham Linehan sitcom The IT Crowd. During the show’s run, he had roles in several American movies, including How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), and Dinner for Schmucks (2010). Following the conclusion of The IT Crowd, O’Dowd took roles in Bridesmaids (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
O’Dowd headed back to the theater in 2014, to star in a production of the Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He also took a leading role in the British comedy series Moone Boy. O’Dowd will appear in the 2017 film God Particle, the third installment of the Cloverfield franchise.