Con O'Neill (actor)

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Con O'Neill
Born Robert O'Neill
(1966-08-15) 15 August 1966 (age 49)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1980s-present

Robert "Con" O'Neill (born 1966) is an English actor and singer. He began his acting career at Liverpool's Everyman Youth Theatre.[1]

He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1988 for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his performance in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers,[2] and was nominated for Broadway's 1993 Tony Award as Best Actor (musical) for Blood Brothers.[3]

In the 1980s he had a walk-on role in another British series, One Summer as "Jackson".
He starred in Dancin' Thru the Dark, the 1990 film adaptation of Russell's Stags and Hens.[4]
In 1992, he played "Cougar Glass" opposite Jude Law in the world premiere of Philip Ridley's The Fastest Clock In The Universe. In 2006, he starred as Aston in a tour of Sheffield theatres' production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, alongside David Bradley and Nigel Harman.[5] In 1999 he starred in The Last Seduction II.[6]

In 2008 he appeared in Criminal Justice a five-part TV drama on the BBC, playing the part of Ralph Stone, a solicitor.
He played the part of Joe Meek in both the 2008 film[7] and 2005 play[8] of Meek's life, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story.
In 2011, he took the role of dock worker Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (from 18 May to 25 June 2011).[9] This portrayal won the 2011 Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actor.[10][11]

He played St. Paul in the 2013 mini-series The Bible.[12] He portrays Val Pearson in several episodes of BBC Three's series 'Uncle' (2014 to 2015).[13][14][15][16] He is currently starring in Cucumber, an eight-part TV drama series currently being broadcast on Channel 4.[17] Between 6 February and 7 March 2015 he stars in Educating Rita at The Liverpool Playhouse.[18] This is the 35th-anniversary staging of Russell’s bittersweet comedy.[19]


  1. ^ "Con O'Neill". ATG Tickets. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Olivier Winners 1988". The Society of London Theatre. Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical 
  3. ^ "The official website of the American Theater Wing's Tony Awards". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Willy Russell Archive". Liverpool John Moores University. DOC obtained via select tab 'Archive Catalogue' then next select 'Dancin Thru The Dark Film'. 
  5. ^ Woodcock, Mike. "The Caretaker @ Sheffield Crucible". BBC. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Last Seduction II". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Telstar - Film". (reviews). The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Telstar Opening in London". Playbill. 24 June 2005. 
  9. ^ East, Ben (25 May 2011). "A View From The Bridge". The Stage. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  10. ^ 2011 Manchester Theatre Awards: Trophy winners
  11. ^ 2011 Manchester Theatre Awards: Best Actor
  12. ^ Perkins, Dennis (2013-04-01). "The Bible". The A.V. Club. 
  13. ^ "Uncle". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "BBC Three - Uncle, Ep·1" (Program guide). BBC Online. 
  15. ^ "BBC Three - Uncle, Ep·3" (Program Guide). BBC Online. 
  16. ^ "BBC Three - Uncle, Ep·5" (Program Guide). BBC Online. 
  17. ^ "Russell T Davies drama series". (Press release). Channel 4. 6 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Hutchison, David (25 November 2014). "Educating Rita leads new... Playhouse season". The Stage. 
  19. ^ Jones, Catherine (25 November 2014). "Everyman and Playhouse new season revealed". Liverpool Echo. 

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