Colin O'Donoghue

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Colin O'Donoghue
Colin ODonoghue PaleyFest 13.jpg
O'Donoghue at the PaleyFest 2013
Born (1981-01-26) 26 January 1981 (age 33)
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2001–present

Colin O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician best known for his role as Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the hit ABC show, Once Upon a Time, and his role as Michael Kovak in The Rite.

Early life and education[edit]

O'Donoghue, was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family.[1] He initially attended Dundalk Grammar School, and then The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.[2] At age 16, O'Donoghue went to Paris for a month to learn French.[3]


Colin's early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

In 2009, O'Donoghue appeared as Duke Philip of Bavaria in an episode of season 3 of the Showtime historical-fiction series The Tudors. He made his Hollywood film debut alongside Anthony Hopkins in the horror thriller film The Rite (2011).[2] O'Donoghue had made an audition video for The Rite in a friend's home studio in Drogheda and sent it to the United States. O'Donoghue also plays guitar and sings in a band called The Enemies, formed in 2003, in Ireland.[2]

In 2012, O'Donoghue was cast as Captain Hook/Killian Jones in the second season of the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. His role started off as a supporting character, until it was announced that O'Donoghue would be billed as a series regular beginning with the second-half of the second season.

The Enemies[edit]

O'Donoghue was also a part of the five-piece band from the east coast of Ireland, The Enemies. Formed in 2003 by O'Donoghue and close friend Ronan McQuillan, The Enemies released their self-titled debut EP on 7 March 2011[4] prior to their self-funded first album on track.[5] He played guitar and sang backing vocals on the band's first EP and debut album. Though the band was unsigned, it was commissioned by General Motors to record tracks for their "Chevy route 66" online campaign.[6] The band have also worked on the music for Coca-Cola's "5BY20" project.[7] Their debut album Sounds Big on the Radio was to be released in March 2013, now scheduled for summer/fall of 2013.[8]

Their song Sustain was featured on Direct TV's 3D surfing documentary series Gone Until December in the US in 2012 and they have also co-written and recorded the theme tune for 2012 animated European TV show Max Adventures. O'Donoghue publicised The Enemies globally whilst promoting his film The Rite. The band performed at the wrap party in Budapest and at the European premiere of the film in 2011.[9] The Enemies attended South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in 2012, where they performed at an Award Ceremony, Thurman Mansion in Driftwood and other gigs.

In May 2013 O'Donoghue announced he was leaving the band due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.[10]


For his role in Home for Christmas, he was awarded Best New Talent at the 1st Irish Film & Television Awards, held on 1 November 2003.[11]

Personal life[edit]

O'Donoghue is married to Hellen O'Donoghue, and on August 2, 2013 the couple's son, Evan O'Donoghue, was born.

Despite his success outside of Ireland, O'Donoghue had not made plans to relocate to Los Angeles or Vancouver, Canada where he is shooting Once Upon A Time.[12] He explained, “You don’t know what circumstances are going to come up, so it’s tough to make a decision like that and move somewhere for two or three years. . .Whatever happens, Drogheda will always be my home because it is where my friends and family are.”[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Home for Christmas Norman Quested Television film
Irish Film & Television Award for Best New Talent[11]
2003 Call Girl Brendan Short film
2006 24/7 Nick Short film
2009 Euthanizer, TheThe Euthanizer Ben Short film
2009 Wild Decembers Young guard Television film
2011 Identity John Bloom Television film
2011 Rite, TheThe Rite Michael Kovak
2012 Storage 24 Mark
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Rebel Heart Rowe Miniseries; episode 1
2004 Love Is the Drug Peter 2 episodes
2005 Proof Jamie 2 episodes
2005 Fair City Emmet Fitzgerald 3 episodes
2006–2008 Clinic, TheThe Clinic Conor Elliott 11 episodes
2009 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Duke Philip of Bavaria Episode: "The Undoing of Cromwell"
2012–present Once Upon a Time Captain Hook/Killian Jones Main cast (season 2–present)


Year Title[13] Role Theatre Location
Aoife and Isobel Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Dream of a Summer Day, TheThe Dream of a Summer Day Storytellers Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Eclipse Olivier Theatre London, England
Eugene Onegin – The Roadshow Something Different Theatre Company Oxford, England
Leaving Quarehawks Theatre Company Monaghan, Ireland
Moonlight Mickey's Calipo Theatre Company Drogheda, Ireland
Othello Second Age Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Outlying Islands Island Theatre Company Chicago, U.S.
Sky Road Theatre Royal Waterford, Ireland
Taming of the Shrew, TheThe Taming of the Shrew Rough Magic Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Walking the Road Axis Theatre Vancouver, Canada
What the Dead Want Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stacilayne (24 January 2011). "Alice Braga & Colin O'Donoghue Talk Devils, Exorcisms & Sir Anthony Hopkins – Alice Braga & Colin O'Donoghue Interview on The Rite, a New Horror Movie from Director Mikael Håfström and Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c O'Doherty, Cahir (19 January 2011). "Colin O'Donoghue's 'Rite' of Passage". IrishCentral. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Dominguez, Robert (26 January 2011). "Filmed on Location: Colin O'Donoghue of 'The Rite'". Daily News. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Enemies – EP by The Enemies". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Pop | Rock | Band | Group | Drogheda". The Enemies Music. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  6. ^ howareyoufixed (2011-07-06). "Chevy Route 66 - The Enemies & John Landau". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  7. ^ Entertainment. "The Enemies making friends around the globe - Lifestyle". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
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  9. ^ "The Rite™ European Premiere & after party - The Official Website of Colin O'Donoghue". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
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  11. ^ a b Staff (undated). "Winners of the 1st Annual Irish Film & Television Awards". Irish Film and Television Awards. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  12. ^ a b Campos, Adelina (23 June 2013). "Irish star Colin O'Donoghue talks about his Captain Hook role in TV drama series Once Upon A Time". Irish Mirror. 
  13. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 

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