- Mother was a psychoanalyst and father a graphic designer.
- Grew up in Boyle, Ireland, the hometown of Maureen O'Sullivan, the actress who played Jane in the first Tarzan film.
- Studied politics and sociology in college; and wrote for the college newspaper, the University Observer.
- Worked construction, in bars and at call centers while pursuing an acting career in London.
- Won a 2005 BAFTA Scottish Award for his leading role in Festival.
- Wrote the 2012 British series Moone Boy, which is partly based on his childhood in Ireland during the late 1980s.
- 2014, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
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- 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Nominee
- 2012, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Winner
- 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Denise O'Dowd — Mother
- Dawn Porter — Wife
- Sean O'Dowd — Father
- Attended University College, Dublin, Ireland; attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
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