Won the Best New Talent Award for the TV film Home for Christmas (2002) at the inaugural Irish Film and Television Awards in 2003. Caught the attention of a Los Angeles agent after he appeared in an episode of The Tudors that was filmed in Ireland. Attended exorcisms in Rome while researching his role as a seminary student in The Rite (2011), his debut Hollywood film. Signed on to play the recurring role of Captain Hook on Once Upon a Time; his role was upgraded to series regular before his first episode aired. Played guitar in the band the Enemies for 10 years and released a self-titled EP, but left due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.