Ferdia Walsh-Peelo

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Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo at Dublin International Film Festival.jpg
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival
Born (1999-10-12) October 12, 1999 (age 19)
Occupationactor, musician
Years active2016-present
Notable work
Sing Street

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (born October 12, 1999[1][2]) is an Irish actor and musician.[3][4] He is best known for playing Conor 'Cosmo' Lawlor in his debut film Sing Street in 2016, and as King Alfred the Great in Vikings.


Walsh-Peelo attended Coláiste Ráithín, a Gaelscoil in Bray, and Wicklow Educate Together National School County Wicklow.[5]


Born in Ashford, County Wicklow, he began his musical career as a boy soprano at the age of seven coached by his mother, soprano Toni Walsh.[5] Winning many prizes throughout his early years, he was eventually cast in Mozart's Magic Flute aged twelve, which toured Ireland.[5] Walsh-Peelo followed this up with the part of Miles in Britten's Turn of the Screw.[5] In 2012, he appeared on Irish television in the famous Late Late Toy Show singing and playing piano.[5]

In 2016, Walsh-Peelo made his acting debut in the musical comedy-drama film Sing Street along with Lucy Boynton.[6] The film was directed by John Carney.[7]

He sings and plays guitar and piano, performing live with Sing Street co-star Mark McKenna after the film's showing at the Sundance Festival.[8]

He was signed by William Morris Endeavor in the USA and Independent Talent in the UK in 2015.[9]

Walsh-Peelo plays the role of Alfred the Great from season five of Vikings.[10][11]

He is also the Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland's program 'Emergency Lessons', aimed at providing education to children caught up in emergencies.[12]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/8tqZ7aELGL/
  3. ^ Brady, Tara. "Ferdia Walsh-Peelo: Sing Street, Sundance... now back to school". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.unicef.ie/stories/ferdia-walsh-peelos-emergencylessons-experience-in-nepal/
  5. ^ a b c d e Saldana, Selena. "Sing Street Production Notes UK Final" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Sing Street star had to learn how to act on the film". Irish Examiner. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Sing Street (2016)". RTE. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Watch: 'Sing Street' Actors Perform at Sundance After-Party". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ Sun, Rebecca (28 January 2016). "Sundance: 'Sing Street' Star Signs With WME (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Instagram". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ Maher, David. "Irish Red Rock star Darren Cahill lands major starring role in new series of Vikings". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  12. ^ UNICEFIreland (2016-10-27), Full Video: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo's #EmergencyLessons experience in Nepal, retrieved 2017-03-09

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