Oct. 9th, 1979
Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Chris O'Dowd's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Dinner for Schmucks
2010 - Gulliver's Travels
2009 - Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
2009 - The Boat That Rocked
2008 - How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
2007 - Hotel Very Welcome
2004 - Vera Drake
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Chris O'Dowd (born 9 October 1979) is an Irish comedian and actor.
Life and career
O'Dowd was born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin and subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He contributed to The University Observer and was active in UCD Dramsoc and the Literary and Historical Society.
He has starred in Channel 4's comedy The IT Crowd, BBC 2's Roman's Empire, Red Cap and the award-winning documentary-drama The Year London Blew Up. He has also appeared on Irish television, having starred in the RTÉ One drama The Clinic and the drama Showbands alongside Kerry Katona. O'Dowd has appeared in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People in a minor role.
O'Dowd has also had roles in a number of films including the 2005 film Festival where he played stand-up comedian Tommy O'Dwyer, a role for which he won a Scottish BAFTA award, and a small role in Vera Drake.
O'Dowd appears in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a comedy sci-fiction film with Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna Faris. He played one of the main characters ("Liam") in the 2007 German film Hotel Very Welcome.
He starred in the 2009 film The Boat That Rocked. (Released in Canada and America as "Pirate Radio") The film is inspired by the story of offshore pirate broadcasters Radio Caroline. O'Dowd plays Simon, the station's breakfast DJ."The breakfast jock on Radio Caroline at the time was Tony Blackburn, so there's definitely an element of him in it," says O'Dowd of his character. "And then I called in different Irish DJs that would have been contemporaries of Tony Blackburn at the time, a guy called Larry Gogan and a couple of other people."
O'Dowd also starred opposite Sienna Miller in the film Hippie Hippie Shake, which is about the groundbreaking '60s magazine, Oz. The publication was the precursor to a whole generation of lad mags. O'Dowd plays Felix Dennis, who would later become the publisher of Maxim. The story centers on the landmark indecency trial. In real-life, O'Dowd's character was defended by John Mortimer who went on to write Rumpole of the Bailey. In preparation for the role, O'Dowd met up with Dennis. "He was an incredibly charismatic man," O'Dowd stated."
In April 2009 it was announced that O'Dowd has been cast in a remake of Gulliver's Travels. The film stars Jack Black as Gulliver, Emily Blunt as the Princess, and Jason Segel as Horatio. "It's shooting in Pinewood from the end of April," said O'Dowd, shortly after his participation was announced. "I'm just going back to England to learn how to ride a horse...I'm a general in the army, so there's going to be a little bit of horse riding. I think it's going to be really fun though, we're all kind of learning together -- Jason and Jack have to learn as well."
O'Dowd appeared in the 2010 film Dinner For Schmucks, with Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, and Paul Rudd, an American version of a French farce called Le Dîner de cons.
O'Dowd appeared on panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Season 21, episode 11).
He starred in a new ITV2 comedy series entitled FM, alongside Kevin Bishop and Nina Sosanya.
In 2010 O'Dowd took part in Sky Comedy's Little Christmas Crackers. He directed and wrote the 15 minute piece loosely based on his own childhood and events what took place at Christmas in his family home, from the years 1984 to 1988.
Conspiracy of Silence (2003) - Fellow Student
Vera Drake (2004)
Festival (2005) - Tommy O'Dwyer
Hotel Very Welcome (2007) - Liam
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) - Post Modern Review Staff
The Boat That Rocked (2009) - Simon Swafford
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) - Ray
Hippie Hippie Shake (2009) - Felix Dennis
Dinner For Schmucks (2010) - Marco, Blind Swordsman
Gulliver's Travels (2010) - Edward
Doc Martin (2006) - Jonathan Crozier (1 episode - Christmas Special "On the Edge")
The IT Crowd (2006–Present) - Roy Trenneman
Roman's Empire (2007) - Jase
FM (2009) - Lindsay
Little Crackers (2010)
- Has a collection of over a thousand chocolate bar wrappers.
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