Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor who is best known for his role in ABC’s successful television show Once Upon A Time. In the show, she played Captain Killian “Hook” Jones, a variation of the fictional character – Captain James Hook, who is the main opponent of the popular play by J. M. Barrie Peter Pan. He also appeared as Michael Kovak, a skeptical novice priest, in the horror movie The Rite, shot in 2011, which also starred Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, and Toby Jones.
Colin O’Donoghue Biography & Age
Colin Arthur O’Donoghue was born on 26 January 1981, the son of Mary and Con O’Donoghue. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, and grew up in a Roman Catholic family.
He grew up attending schools in the area before joining Dublin’s The Gaiety School of Acting, an Irish drama school founded by Joe Dowling in 1986. Joe Dowling is an Irish actor and director who founded the school due to the lack of full-time education for actors in Ireland. The Gaiety School of Acting runs a two-year program for actors and even offers a master’s degree in collaboration with University College Dublin.
Other notable graduates of the school include Colin Farrell, Flora Montgomery, Sarah Greene, Lorraine Pilkington, Stuart Townsend, Joanne King, Olivia Wilde, Aidan Turner, Aisling O’Sullivan, Charlie Murphy (the actress), Becky Lynch and Adam Fergus.
When Colin was 16 years old he traveled to Paris to learn French.
Colin O’Donoghue: Career
When he began his acting career he was active in television as well as theater in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In-Home For Christmas For Christmas, he played the leading role of Norman, which earned him the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best New Talent” in 2003. He was later cast as Duke Philip of Bavaria in the third season of the successful Showtime show “The Tudors”. He made his Hollywood debut in the aforementioned film The Rite. To get the role in The Rite, he filmed his audition tape in his friend’s home studio. To be honest: Making your Hollywood debut with Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the best ways to make a name for yourself. The film was a commercial success and was generally well-received, especially in the Catholic community. It was not a critical success, however, as it achieved a 21% rate of rotten tomatoes.
Shortly afterward, he began playing Killian Jones/Captain Hook in the second season of Once Upon A Time, the successful fantasy television series on ABC. His character was an instant fan favorite and he won a loyal following. His stay on the series was extended for several more years.
In 2014, he joined the cast of The Dust Storm as the main character Brennan – a musician. The Dust Storm, released in 2015, was an independent film set in Nashville, Tennessee, and directed by Ryan Lacen and Anthony Baldino.
Colin O’Donoghue is not only an actor but also a musician and is a member of the band The Enemies as a singer and guitarist. The band was formed in Ireland in 2003 by Colin and Ronan McQuillan, a close friend of Colin O’Donoghue. The band released their first EP in 2011, followed shortly after by their debut album. Although they remained unsigned, they continued to work on the music for General Motors and Coca-Cola.
Unfortunately, Colin announced in 2013 that he would leave the band due to scheduling conflicts with his hit show – Once Upon A Time.
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Family: Wife, Daughter & Son
Colin O’Donoghue married a teacher, Helen, in 2009. Colin and Helen are childhood sweethearts and have been together since the age of eighteen. They grew up in neighboring towns in Ireland and that is how they met.
They married shortly after his appearance in the successful Showtime series The Tudors, which also featured Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Sam Neill, Henry Czerny, Annabelle Wallis, Joely Richardson, Torrance Coombs, Sarah Bolger, and Natalie Dormer.
Colin and Helen have two children together: a son – Evans, born in August 2013, and a daughter, born in May 2017.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
Colin O’Donoghue has an attractive athletic build. As an actor, he is expected to be in shape for his physically demanding work. His height is stated as 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) and his weight is currently 73 kg (161 pounds). His other body measurements are chest – 40 in (102 cm), arms/biceps – 14 in (35½ cm) and waist – 32 in (81 cm).