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Patrick O'Kane is an Irish actor who was born in 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended St Malachy's grammar school where he discovered a love of acting and then attended Manchester University, graduating with double honours in Drama and English. This was followed by training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has been part of the companies of the Royal National Theatre, where he appeared in The Playboy of the Western World and Peer Gynt, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played the title role in Macbeth. At the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, he gave an "eye-catching", "triumphant" performance in the title role of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus in 2010.
In London's West End, he has appeared in War Horse. He played John Proctor in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast's production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, opening the theatre's new performance space in April 2011 to rave reviews and receiving a nomination for best actor in the Irish Theatre Awards for his performance.
In October 2011 O'Kane appeared to great acclaim in the lead role of "16 Possible Glimpses" at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/16_possible_glimpses/
In May 2012 He appeared as J. Bruce Ismay in Owen McCafferty's Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) at the newly opened MAC art's venue in Belfast and will be performing in Owen McCafferty's play "Quietly" in the Abbey Theatre in October 2012.
In addition to his extensive stage work, O'Kane has appeared in the movies ( most recently in 'Prometheus') and on television in many parts including 'Game of Thrones', seasons two and three of 'The Borgias', series nine of the popular BBC "New Tricks" and the upcoming BBC detective series "The Fall" set in Northern Ireland.
He won a Nesta Fellowship in 2005 and has released a book "Actor's Voices" a series of conversations with modern actors( Oberon Press 2012 )
He has also been in season 3 of HBO series Game of Thrones, playing as the new face of Jaqen H'ghar.
Work with Owen McCafferty
O'Kane has appeared in multiple plays written by Owen McCafferty, including Closing Time at the National Theatre in 2002, Scenes from the Big Picture (playing a character who works in an abbatoir rooted in the playwright's own experience) at the National Theatre Cottesloe in 2003, and Shoot the Crow at the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester in 2003. O'Kane and McCafferty grew up in the same Belfast village and attended the same youth club, though McCafferty was four years older. They both played Gaelic football for the local club. The two did not collaborate as theatrical professionals until McCafferty began writing Closing Time while on secondment at the National Theatre Studio.
In 2013/14 he appeared in Quietly in Edinburgh and moved on to Ireland,Germany and London. This was a 3 people theatre production and he played one of the two people arguing over an incident that had happened years before. He was playing the character Jimmy
Selected theatre performances
- Donny in Donny Boy by Robert Glendinning (TMA Award for best new play).World premiere directed by Casper Wrede at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1990)
- Brutus in Julius Caesar. Directed by Robert Delamere at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1994)
- Geoffrey Jackson in Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by James Maxwell at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1994)
- Bernie in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love by Brad Fraser. Directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1995)
- Jean in Miss Julie by August Strindberg. Directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1995)
- Michael in A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy. Directed by Jacob Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (2006)
- Faustus in Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Directed by Toby Trow at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (2010)
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- Billington, Michael (11 September 2002). "Closing Time". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Billington, Michael (12 April 2003). "Scenes From the Big Picture". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Billington, Michael (8 February 2003). "Shoot the Crow". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
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- Patrick O'Kane on Internet Movie Database
- Patrick O'Kane, National Theatre website
- Patrick O'Kane & Ian Redford, Royal Exchange Theatre, The Making Of Doctor Faustus - creating the roles of Faustus and Mephistopheles