Chris O’Dowd

Last updated on the 15 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 9 October 1979, Boyle, Ireland.

Growing up in a modest household, Chris O’Dowd displayed an early penchant for performing arts. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Boyle, where he actively participated in school plays and nurtured his passion for acting. This early exposure to the stage ignited a flame within him, leading him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

After completing his secondary education, Chris O’Dowd further developed his skills at the University College Dublin, where he studied politics and sociology. Although his academic pursuits were focused on social sciences, his heart remained firmly set on acting, and he actively participated in various drama productions during his time at university.

Chris O’Dowd’s breakthrough came in 2006 when he landed the role of Roy Trenneman in the critically acclaimed British sitcom “The IT Crowd.” His portrayal of the socially awkward and tech-savvy character earned him widespread recognition and praise.

Following his success in “The IT Crowd,” O’Dowd’s career took off, with notable roles in both film and television. One of his most memorable performances came in the 2011 hit comedy film “Bridesmaids,” where he played the lovable and charming police officer, Nathan Rhodes.

O’Dowd continued to impress audiences with his versatile acting skills in films such as “This Is 40” (2012), “Calvary” (2014), and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016). He also ventured into the world of theatre, starring in the Broadway production of “Of Mice and Men” (2014), for which he received critical acclaim.

In his personal life, O’Dowd married British writer and television presenter Dawn O’Porter in 2012. The couple have two children together.

O’Dowd’s Irish roots remain an integral part of his identity, and he often uses his platform to raise awareness about Irish culture and social issues.

Chris O’Dowd is also involved in philanthropic endeavours. He actively supports charitable organisations, particularly those focused on education and children’s welfare.


Suggested viewing


Moone Boy (2012)

Moone Boy poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.1

“Moone Boy” is a heartwarming comedy series set in 1980s Ireland. It revolves around the imaginative and mischievous Martin Moone and his unique friendship with his imaginary friend, Sean Murphy. Together, they overcome the challenges of family, school and growing up, creating unforgettable memories and hilarious adventures along the way.

Top cast: Chris O’Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O’Kane, Peter McDonald, Clare Monnelly, Sarah White, Aoife Duffin, Ian O’Reilly.


Family Tree (2013)

Family Tree poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.4

“Family Tree” is a comedic television series that follows the journey of Tom Chadwick as he explores his family’s history. Through a series of misadventures, he uncovers surprising and often absurd stories about his ancestors, leading him on a quest of self-discovery and a deeper understanding of his own identity.

Top cast: Chris O’Dowd, Tom Bennett, Nina Conti, Carrie Aizley, Michael McKean, Jim Piddock, Lisa Palfrey, Amy Seimetz.


The IT Crowd (2006)

The IT Crowd poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.5

“The IT Crowd” is a British sitcom about the misadventures of three employees working in the basement of a fictional company. Roy, Moss and their socially awkward boss, Jen, journey through the world of tech support, encountering absurd situations, eccentric colleagues, and endless IT-related mishaps.

Top cast: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry, Christopher Morris, Noel Fielding, Chris Morris, Rebecca Front.


Frequently Asked Questions
About Time Travel (2009)

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

In the comedy science fiction film “Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel”, two avid science fiction fans and their snarky mate attempt to solve a time travel conundrum in a pub. They meet a girl from the future who sets the adventure in motion, leading them to grapple with time leaks and unexpected encounters.

Top cast: Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris, Meredith MacNeill, Ray Gardner, Nick Ewans.


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