O'Donoghue at the PaleyFest 2013
26 January 1981 |
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Early life and education
O'Donoghue, was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He initially attended Dundalk Grammar School, and then The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. At age 16, O'Donoghue went to Paris for a month to learn French.
His 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). 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.
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.
In 2014, O'Donoghue was cast in "The Dust Storm", an independent film set in the music city of Nashville as a musican named Brennan.
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 prior to their self-funded first album on track. 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. The band have also worked on the music for Coca-Cola's "5BY20" project. Their debut album Sounds Big on the Radio was to be released in March 2013, now scheduled for 2014.
In May 2013 O'Donoghue announced he was leaving the band due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.
O'Donoghue is married to Helen O'Donoghue, a schoolteacher. He and his wife have a son, born in 2013. 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. 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." Because his faith is important to him, when he's not on screen, O'Donoghue often wears a big, silver crucifix that his wife gave him.
|2002||Home for Christmas||Norman Quested||Television film
Irish Film & Television Award for Best New Talent
|2003||Call Girl||Brendan||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|
|2015||The Dust Storm||Brennan|
|2001||Rebel Heart||Rowe||Miniseries; episode 1|
|2004||Love Is the Drug||Peter||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||Series Regular (season 2–present)|
|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, US|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best New Talent||Won||Home for Christmas|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite On-Screen Chemistry shared with: Jennifer Morrison||Nominated||Once Upon a Time (TV series)|
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- O'Doherty, Cahir (19 January 2011). "Colin O'Donoghue's 'Rite' of Passage". IrishCentral. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Dominguez, Robert (26 January 2011). "Filmed on Location: Colin O'Donoghue of 'The Rite'". Daily News. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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- 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.
- Once Upon a Time's Colin O'Donoghue Welcomes a Son: "So Proud to Be a Father!" by Crystal Bell, Wetpaint, 5 August 2013
- Molony, Julia (2013-09-09). "SUCH a wicked right hook". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- "Biography". Colinodonoghue.com. Retrieved 22 March 2014.