Kieran O'Brien

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Kieran O'Brien
Born (1973-11-23) 23 November 1973 (age 46)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Years active1986–present

Kieran O'Brien (born 23 November 1973 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English actor. He is best known for his two roles in Coronation Street first as Joe Egerton and later as Craig Lee.


O'Brien grew up in Royton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester,[1] and was educated at the Bishop Henshaw Roman Catholic Memorial High School in Rochdale, also in Greater Manchester.

He began acting at an early age and was the star of a BBC TV series Gruey by the time he was 15. He also featured in several other series at the time in one-off or recurring roles.

O'Brien started a relationship with actress Nicola Stephenson in 1991.[2]

In 1993, he played the role of Joe Egerton and then Craig Lee in Coronation Street and then the role of Lee Jones in Children's Ward. In 1993 he also became a regular in the detective series Cracker.

In 1999, O'Brien appeared in his first feature film, Virtual Sexuality. In that same year his relationship with actress Nicola Stephenson ended.[2]

In 2001 he played the role of Private Allen Vest in HBO's acclaimed series Band of Brothers where he played a prominent part in the episode 'The Last Patrol'.

He is featured in the 2002 24 Hour Party People.

In 2003 he appeared in the Cooper Temple Clause music video "Promises, Promises" and can be seen saying he got 'laid' in the Millennium Dome in the making of the video.

In 2004, O'Brien appeared in the controversial film 9 Songs. According to The Guardian, 9 Songs was the most sexually explicit mainstream film to date, largely because it includes several scenes of real sexual acts between the two lead actors. His role is highly unusual in that he had unsimulated and very graphic sex with his co-star Margo Stilley, including genital fondling, female masturbation, with and without a vibrator, penetrative vaginal sex, cunnilingus, footjob and fellatio. During a scene in which Stilley stimulates his penis with her hand after performing fellatio on him, he became the only mainstream British actor who has been shown ejaculating in a mainstream UK-produced feature.

O'Brien strongly defended the film during the controversy that followed, saying that he saw no problem with having sex for a film.[1] He said:

People who say they find it offensive are liars. If they say they find it shocking, I don't believe them. It's only sex. To me they were just scenes we were shooting, to be honest, and I was surprised how ordinary and how natural it was. But it's a different thing for a girl than it is for a lad. I didn't fancy her—I felt protective towards her. On set she was the only woman with a crew of four lads. I know how difficult it was for her. You can't get away from the fact she's a young girl.[3]

To date, O'Brien continues both his television and film acting careers. Recent appearances have been made in The Road to Guantanamo and Totally Frank as well as a reprise of his role in Cracker.

O'Brien was also one of the stars of the BBC's police drama HolbyBlue, appearing from the first episode until the third episode of the second series.

In 2013, O'Brien toured the UK in a stage production of Simon Beaufoy's 1997 comedy-drama film The Full Monty, in which he plays the "absurdly over-endowed" Guy.[4]


  1. ^ a b Whitehouse, Jamie (26 May 2004). "Royton actor defends role in explicit movie". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b Lawrence, Janie (13 January 2002). "Me, cool and calm?; Nicola Stephenson says she's so clumsy she nearly killed someone while filming Clocking Off. She talks to Janie Lawrence about that, her ideal men (yes men) and life after that Brookside lesbian snog". Sunday Mirror. London, England. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  3. ^ Davies, Hugh (18 May 2004). "People who say this sex film is offensive are liars". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  4. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (19 February 2013). "The Full Monty, Sheffield Lyceum / Bull, Sheffield Crucible, review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 February 2013.

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