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  • 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.


  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Winner
  • 2014, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
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  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Scripted Comedy: Nominee
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  • 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Nominee
  • 2015, IFTA Television Awards — Best Writer- Soap and Comedy: Nominee
  • 2015, IFTA Television Awards — Best Male Performance: Nominee
  • 2015, IFTA Television Awards — Best Director- Soap and Comedy: Nominee


  • Denise O'Dowd — Mother
  • Dawn Porter — Wife
  • Art O'Porter — Son
  • Sean O'Dowd — Father


  • Attended University College, Dublin, Ireland; attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Christopher O'Dowd
  • Birth Place: Ireland
  • Profession: Actor

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