Con O'Neill (actor)

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Con O'Neill
Born Robert O'Neill
(1966-08-15) 15 August 1966 (age 51)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1980s-present

Robert "Con" O'Neill (born 15 August 1963) 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, then had a supporting role in Cider with Rosie (1998). 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 the BBC Three sitcom Uncle (2014 to 2017).[13] He played Cliff in Cucumber, an eight-part TV drama series broadcast on Channel 4.[14] in 2015. Between 6 February and 7 March 2015 he starred in the 35th-anniversary staging of Willy Russell's Educating Rita at The Liverpool Playhouse.[15][16] He appears as Neil Ackroyd in the second series of the BBC television series Happy Valley. In 2016, O'Neill played the part of Joe Brierley in the second series of Ordinary Lies and also appeared in 2 episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off Class.

O'Neill is due to star in the Annie Baker play Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME in March 2018.


  1. ^ "Con O'Neill". ATG Tickets. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Olivier Winners 1988". The Society of London Theatre. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. 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'. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. 
  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. ^ "Russell T Davies drama series". (Press release). Channel 4. 6 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Jones, Catherine (25 November 2014). "Everyman and Playhouse new season revealed". Liverpool Echo. 
  16. ^ Hutchison, David (25 November 2014). "Educating Rita leads new... Playhouse season". The Stage. 

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