Colin Donnell at WonderCon 2013.
October 9, 1982 |
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Early life and education
Colin Donnell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the youngest of three brothers. He has Irish and French ancestry. He played the guitar and took singing lessons when he was 17. His introduction to the stage was in high-school where he was a part of the choir and was in the background juggling and doing circus tricks, which led him in being part of his first school musical production of Barnum. As he put it, he "loved it" and the rest is just history. Colin graduated from Indiana University in 2005.
Donnell has been part of many national stage tours such as Mamma Mia! and Wicked. His first Broadway Theatre performance was in Jersey Boys as Hank Mejewski. His other stage credits include Follies, Meet Me In St. Louis, Anything Goes for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Johnny Baseball and many more. Donnell made his television debut by playing Mike Ruskin in the television series Pan Am. In 2012, Donnell was cast as Tommy Merlyn in television series Arrow, however, he later left the series after the first season's finale, but made a cameo in one episode during the second season and is scheduled to appear again for the third season.
For the summer of 2013, Donnell starred as Berowne in the musical adaption of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. He also appeared as Elizabeth Banks' husband in the crime thriller Every Secret Thing, which does not yet have a release date.
On January 23, 2014, it was announced that Donnell was cast as Monty in the 1960s-era Broadway musical Violet alongside Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry; which would begin on March 28, 2014 with a special preview, and officially open on April 20, 2014.
On April 28, 2014 it was announced that Donnell joined the cast of concert Bright Lights, Big City, which was performed on June 16, 2014. On July 18, 2014 it was revealed that Donnell would play Joshua Jackson's brother in Showtime original drama The Affair.
Donnell resides in New York, with a rooftop apartment. He is a literary aficionado and a music man. He has two tattoos from his tour trips - one from Memphis and one from Dayton; which are five silhouettes of birds to represent his family, and a Fleur De Lis, because his mom is French. In May 2013, Donnell got his appendix removed.
|2014||Every Secret Thing||Post-production|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Mike Ruskin||4 episodes|
|2012–||Arrow||Tommy Merlyn||Main Cast; 21 episodes|
|2014||Person of Interest||Billy Parsons||Episode: "Root Path"|
|Unforgettable||Agent Stone||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|2005||Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver||Male Roles|
|2005–2007||Jersey Boys||Hank Mejewski, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio|
|2006||Jesus Christ Superstar||Peter|
|Meet Me In St. Louis||John Truitt|
|Me, Myself and I||Otto|
|2008||High School Musical on Stage!||Troy Bolton|
|2010||Johnny Baseball||Johnny O'Brian|
|2011–2012||Anything Goes||Billy Crocker||Nominated – Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
|2012||Merrily We Roll Along||Franklin Shepard|
|2013||Love's Labour's Lost||Berowne|
|Bright Lights, Big City||Himself|
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- Interview jerseyboysblog.com
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- "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Me, Myself and I - 1/30/08". Talkinbroadway.com. 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "St. Louisan Colin Donnell goes from Muny to 'Arrow' : Entertainment". Stltoday.com. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
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