Paul O'Brien

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Paul O' Brien
Born (1978-04-14) 14 April 1978 (age 36)
South Africa
Occupation Actor

Paul O'Brien (born 14 April 1978) is a South African born Australian actor.

Early life[edit]

Paul O'Brien was born on 14 April in South Africa, and grew up in Australia. He spent several years on the Gold Coast, with his family. He attended first St Kevins in Benowa and then Somerset and Marymount Colleges.


O'Brien has starred in a several short films, stage productions including 'Five Minute Call' directed by acclaimed Aussie director Robert Chuter and a number of features. He is best known for his role on Home and Away as Constable Jack Holden between August 2005 and 2008. He arrived with his brother Lucas Holden and father Tony Holden. Jack soon fell for Martha McKenzie, and the two later married, only to divorce later in 2007. Jack then married Sam, however this did not last, as Jack was still in love with Martha, and Sam later committed suicide. Martha and Jack re-married after a heartfelt wedding as Martha was diagnosed with breast cancer. On the season finale of Home and Away 2008, Jack was shot in the heart by his fellow workmate Angelo. Jack was found dead by his father Tony at the end of the 2009 Series Return – his death made the cover of TV WEEK magazine and was a big shock for Home and Away fans. He won the Most Popular New Talent Logie Award in 2006[1] and was again nominated for most popular actor in 2007 and 2008.[2]

Paul appeared in the first in the first of three Underbelly Files movies 'Tell them Lucifer was here' playing a Melbourne detective who was gunned down whilst on patrol.[3]

O'Brien was named the runner-up, behind comedian Andy Lee in the 2006 Cleo Bachelor of the Year competition.[4]

In 2008, O'Brien took part in the third series of It Takes Two, an Australian reality show in which celebrities compete against each other by singing. O'Brien was partnered with pop singer Jade MacRae. The finished in fourth position.[5]

As well as acting, O'Brien runs an acting school in St Kilda, Melbourne called the Actors Nest.[6] He also runs his own film production company in Melbourne named Gold Rush Studios.

O'Brien appeared in the movie John Doe and is filming Message Man in Jakarta. In October 2013, it was announced that O'Brien had joined the cast of Neighbours in the guest role of Eric Edwards.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Program Category Result
2006 TV Week Logie Most Popular New Male Talent Winner
TV Week Cleo Bachelor Of The Year Runner-up
TV Week Voted hottest male Winner
2007 TV Week Logie Logie Award for Most Popular Actor Nominated
2008 TV Week Logie Logie Award for Most Popular Actor Nominated


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