|Paul O' Brien|
14 April 1978 |
Paul O'Brien (born 14 April 1978) is a South African born Australian actor.
Paul O'Brien was born in South Africa, and grew up in Australia. As a child he suffered from a stutter and blinking problem and was picked on for his thick South African accent. His nickname as a child was "toughie" as he was often getting in fights. He spent several years on the Gold Coast, with his family. He attended first St Kevins in Benowa and then Somerset and Marymount Colleges.
Paul O'Brien has a fan base in 56 territories around the world from his 4 years on Home and Away, where he played the loveable cop Jack Holden with other australian actors Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucus, Sharnie Vinson, Todd lasance... The 'Jack and Martha' on-screen couple were said to be the most popular couple in 20 years of the show. Since then he went on to appear on Underbelly, neighbours, but avoided many roles as he wanted to reinvent himself and not be typecast as the 'pin-up boy' or the 'nice cop'. In these years, he created other roles for himself and pursued a film career. He is known as 'the chameleon' amongst his acting colleagues; people would not recognize him in different roles he would play. He recently played a bearded ex-assassin in the feature film Message man, which was filmed in Indonesia and is currently in post production. He was able to flex his knife and fighting skills as he battles to save a family from pirates and a wealthy businessman who has put a bounty on his head. Paul played his first American speaking role as a superhero, in "The Subjects"
JACK & FRANKI: ACT 1 is an exciting project for Paul as many people are unaware of his comic timing. Further, the character of Jack is said to amplify the goofy, wacky and vulnerable side of Paul O'Brien.
Also known for:
- Logie Winner (Most Popular Actor)
- Two Logie Nominations (Most Outstanding Actor)
- Nominated for best Actor - Peace Keeper
- Voted sexiest man on T.V (TV Week)
- Runner up Cleo Bachelor of the year
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.
As well as acting, O'Brien runs an acting studio in St Kilda, Melbourne where he holds private lessons, showreel courses and casting director workshops.
Awards and nominations
|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|
- Home and Away's Paul O'Brien and Todd Lasance in Underbelly TV movie
- Andy Lee bachelor of the year
- Paul O'Brien departs from It Takes Two on a high
- Dainty, Sophie (2 October 2013). "Former 'Home and Away' star joins cast of 'Neighbours' in guest role". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 10 October 2013.