Brenock O'Connor

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Brenock O'Connor
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O'Connor as the Artful Dodger in a 2013 stage performance of Oliver!
Brenock Grant O'Connor

(2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 18)
Worthing, West Sussex[1]
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2006–present

Brenock Grant O'Connor (born 9 April 2000) is an English actor and singer best known for his role as Olly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

O'Connor went to Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring, and attended The Theatre Workshop Stage School in Brighton.[1] He started performing on stage at the age of six in the Hammond Pantomimes at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing, and won a theatre scholarship while attending.[1][2]


Brenock O'Connor plays Olly in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, a character introduced in the show, but does not make an appearance in the books published by George R. R. Martin. The character was introduced originally as a one episode character, to further the story between the Wildlings and the Night's Watch at Castle Black, but was later kept on the show to provide more backstory surrounding the deaths of Ygritte and Jon Snow in the fourth and fifth seasons, respectively.[3][4]

Following his character Olly's betrayal and murder of Jon Snow in the fifth-season episode "Mother's Mercy", O'Connor stated that he received many negative messages from fans of the show, with O'Connor responding in an interview, "I'm so, so sorry if any of you were offended, but it was in the script. What could I do?"[5] In the same interview he also stated that he has received other messages from people who understand that the show is "not reality," and praised his performance in the role.[5] In a subsequent interview, O'Connor stated he was content with the controversial reaction to his character, noting "It's very rare for my character to get noticed really, so I was quite happy with the reaction that I got. When you do something bad, you want a bad reaction for it."[6] Olly made his last appearance in the sixth-season episode "Oathbreaker", when he was hanged by a resurrected Jon Snow.

O'Connor has also appeared in several other roles, including Peter Cratchit in the BBC One series Dickensian, which premiered in December 2015.[7] He will also star in the British children's adventure film Young Hunters: The Beast of Bevendean.[2] He's appeared in a pop video with Noah and the Whale as well as several television commercials for Haribo, and as a lead character part in one episode of Holby City.[2]

O'Connor (far left) portraying The Artful Dodger in the final performance of the stage show Oliver! in February 2013.

On stage O'Connor has performed in front of audiences on the tour of Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver!, playing the part of The Artful Dodger alongside Iain Fletcher, Neil Morrissey and Samantha Barks.[2]

In addition to acting, O'Connor is a singer and guitarist, and has posted several cover songs on YouTube.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Young Hunters: The Beast of Bevendean Sam Aldrington
2017 Another Mother's Son Rex Forster
TBA The Bromley Boys David Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Holby City Angus Peters Episode: "Blood Money"
2013 Chickens Dribbler Episode: "Rebel Girl"
2014–2016 Game of Thrones Olly 17 episodes
2015–2016 Dickensian Peter Cratchit 12 episodes
2016 Casualty Peter Barnes Episode: "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
2017 Living the Dream Freddie Pemberton Main character
2018 The Split Sasha Minor character

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Holloway, Henry (1 April 2014). "Worthing schoolboy lands Game of Thrones role". The Argus. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Cast & Crew – Young Hunters: The Beast of Bevendean". Black Rock Films. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Joanna (5 May 2015). "Jon Snow's New Sidekick on Game of Thrones Has an Insane Singing Voice". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ Brown, Kat (16 June 2015). "Game of Thrones' Olly is the most-hated character in television". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b Selcke, Dan (25 June 2015). "Brenock O'Connor talks about Olly's incredible unpopularity". Winter is Coming. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ Saclao, Christian (25 September 2015). "'Game of Thrones' Star Brenock O'Connor on the Fan Reaction He Got After Olly Stabbed Jon Snow". Design & Trend. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ Debnath, Neela (22 September 2015). "Game of Thrones star Brenock O'Connor was 'happy' about the reaction to Jon Snow stabbing". Sunday Express. Retrieved 27 December 2015.

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