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Jack O'Connell

Highest Rated:   99% Starred Up (2014)
Lowest Rated:   9% Weekender (2013)
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The tattoo on his right bicep says it all: the nickname "Jack The Lad" ("lad" being British slang for a bad, bad boy) hovering above the laughing and frowning drama masks. That contradiction of crude yet charismatic, square-jawed yet boyish, and reckless yet disciplined has endeared Jack O'Connell to audiences who've come to anticipate his portrayals of unpolished ruffians who are nevertheless possessed with an inner core of determination.That determination was forged in O'Connell's childhood, as the oldest son of an Irish father and English mother scraping by in working class Derbyshire, England. His early life was in constant opposition to bullies and authorities at Catholic school, and he spent much time in and out of juvenile court. His parents tried to rechannel his violent energy into athletics, including boxing and football, but a knee injury disqualified him from a professional career.A future in the military -- or, possibly, in prison -- awaited this marginal student, but a required drama class at school provided an outlet where his energy (and skills in prevarication) could be put to constructive use. Training stints at the Royal Court Theatre and Nottingham's Television Workshop put him in contact with other actors willing to mentor the restless teen. After many months of traveling to London for auditions (and sleeping on park benches), the 15-year old actor landed the role of a young tough in the Thatcher-era skinhead drama This Is England.After paying his dues in many bit parts, O'Connell at last broke out of the pack after being cast as shameless party boy James Cook in the frank teen drama Skins, earning not only the admiration of many fluttery-eyed fans thrilling to his Casanova antics, but to directors who valued his authentic proletariat aura. More roles, like a British soldier stranded within a Belfast riot in '71 and a defiant young convict in Starred Up soon followed, along with a tabloid reputation for being linked with young beauties and showing up hung over for interviews.Despite his off-screen exploits, it was O'Connell's growing on-screen resume that caught the attention of fellow former wild child Angelina Jolie, who cast him as ultra-survivor Louis Zamperini in her wartime POW epic Unbroken. O'Connell threw himself into the demands of the role, which included dropping his thick Midlands brogue, subsisting on 800 calories a day for months and enduring prison camp scenes so physically demanding he blacked out on set. But the role was a perfect showcase for his indomitable temperament, and his efforts were recognized with a Rising Star award at the BAFTAs (an honor voted by the public) and a New Hollywood Award.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
10% Tulip Fever
  • William
$2.4M 2017
50% The Man with the Iron Heart
  • Jan Kubis
2017
57% Money Monster
  • Kyle Budwell
2016
96% '71
  • Gary Hook
$1.3M 2015
51% Unbroken
  • Louis Zamperini
$70.6M 2014
64% Private Peaceful
  • Charlie Peaceful
2014
99% Starred Up
  • Eric
2014
44% 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Calisto
$91.1M 2014
9% Weekender
  • Dylan
2013
65% The Liability
  • Adam
2013
50% Tower Block
  • Kurtis
2012
No Score Yet The Somnambulists
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet United
  • Bobby Charlton
2011
64% Harry Brown
  • Marky
$1.9M 2010
81% Eden Lake
  • Brett
2008
93% This Is England
  • Pukey Nicholls
$96.3k 2007

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
24% Bull
2016
  • Ed
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Skins (UK)
2007-2013
  • Cook
  • 2009
89% Godless
2017
  • Roy Goode

Quotes from Jack O'Connell's Characters