Jimmy McKenna

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Not to be confused with the investigator who infiltrated the Mollie Maguires, James McParland, also known as James McKenna.
For the English soccer player, see Jim McKenna.
Jimmy McKenna
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Born James Stephen McKenna
(1953-08-31) 31 August 1953 (age 63)
Glasgow, Scotland
Residence Liverpool, England
Other names Jimmy Mckenna
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Known for Waterfront Beat (1990–1991)
Hollyoaks (1996–present)
A Touch of Frost (1996–2010)
Spouse(s) Beverly McKenna (?-present)
Children 4

James Stephen "Jimmy" McKenna (born 31 August 1953 in Glasgow) is a Scottish actor. He has appeared in the Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks, in which he has played the character of Jack Osborne since 1996, and Don Brady in A Touch of Frost.[1] from 1996 until 2010.

Personal life[edit]

McKenna lives in Sheffield, England with his wife and four children.[2] McKenna has 7 O Levels.[3] McKenna is a fan of Frank Sinatra as well as Sammy Cahn and Dean Martin.[3]


McKenna first job was as a professional footballer.[3] His football career with Sheffield Wednesday F.C. ended after a back injury.[4]

McKenna currently plays Jack Osborne in Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks, since 1996 and is the second longest-serving character in the serial.


Title Year Role Notes
Hollyoaks: Movin' On 2001 Jack Osborne Spin Off series
Taggart 1997 Joss Metcalfe Episode: Babushka
Hollyoaks 1996- Jack Osborne Regular Role
When Saturday Comes 1996 George McCabe
A Touch of Frost 1995-2010 Sgt. Don Brady Recurring Character
Pie in the Sky 1995 Micheal Meredith Episode: Hard Cheese
Coronation Street 1994 Immigration Officer 2 Episodes
All in the Game 1993 Ray Peters TV mini Series
Between the Lines 1993 George McKenzie Episode: Crack Up
Heartbeat 1993 S.I.B. Majore Episode: Over the Hill
September Song 1993 Doctor Episode 6
Rumpole of the Bailey 1992 D.S. Appleby Episode: Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson
Perfect Scoundrels 1991 Frazer Hurley Episode: Ssh, You Know Who
Waterfront Beat 1990-1991 Gerry Cookson 5 Episodes
Scene 1986 Teacher Episode: Two of Us
Taggart 1986 Stephen Hendry Episode: Death Call
Highlander 1986 Father Rainey
Affairs of the Heart 1985 Policeman Episode 6
Coronation Street 1985 Jimi Lomax 1 episode


  1. ^ "Cast: Boys - Jack Osborne". Hollyoaks. Channel 4. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Holy Soap Profile". Holysoap. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "I'M OVER THE CROON ABOUT OL' BLUE EYES.". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "SOAP BOX; James plays a whole new ball game". Daily Record. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 

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