Sean Maguire

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Maguire at 2017 Phoenix ComiCon
Sean Maguire

(1976-04-18) 18 April 1976 (age 46)
Ilford, London, England
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1981–present
Tanya Flynn
(m. 2012)

Sean Maguire (born 18 April 1976 in Ilford, London) is a British-American actor and singer, who rose to fame in 1988 when at the age of eleven he took on the role of "Tegs" Ratcliffe on the BBC children's drama Grange Hill, in which he remained until 1991. For a short time after leaving Grange Hill, he played Aidan Brosnan in EastEnders.

Maguire has appeared in several feature films and had moderate success as a singer.[1] He is known in the United States for his roles as Donovan Brink on the UPN sitcom Eve, and as Kyle Lendo in the CBS sitcom The Class. Maguire appeared in the second series of Scott & Bailey as P.C. Sean McCartney. He previously played Robin Hood in ABC's Once Upon a Time, having taken over the role from Tom Ellis.[2][3]


At age seven, Maguire played one of the many children in the "Every Sperm is Sacred" musical number in the 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.[4] In 1991 he played Simon in the BBC children's drama "Dodgem". In 1993, Maguire joined the cast of the British soap opera EastEnders playing Aidan Brosnan, a young Irish footballer playing for fictional side Walford F.C. In 1994, he left the show to take a starring role in the BBC drama series Dangerfield, playing Marty Dangerfield. He has also appeared in Holby City and Sunburn. In 1995, Maguire was voted "3rd person you'd most like to see get messy" by CBBC viewers and famously received a custard pie in his face from presenter Chris Jarvis dressed as "The Anorak." Barry Foy, who played Billinge Boy in Hollyoaks, was top.

Maguire then pursued a career in music, releasing three albums: his self-titled debut album in 1994, Spirit in 1996, and Greatest Hits in 1998. Maguire's biggest hit was Good Day, which reached number 12 in May 1996. During this time, Maguire appeared on the Childliners record The Gift of Christmas with acts such as the Backstreet Boys, E.Y.C., MN8, Deuce, Ultimate Kaos, Let Loose, East 17, Peter Andre, Michelle Gayle, Dannii Minogue and many more. Maguire announced his retirement from the music industry during his final performance at Maesteg Town Hall, part of his 'Chick N Bay 9T5 4EVA' tour . Emotional scenes were witnessed in the audience as Sean launched into his final song “Gone and Long Forgotten”. Not content with acting on TV, he has branched out into films. In the early 1990s, he appeared in Waterland opposite Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons and has also allegedly been credited as having a part in A Kiss Before Dying, but his part ended up on the cutting room floor.

In 2001, Maguire played the title role in the TV-film Prince Charming opposite Bernadette Peters, Christina Applegate and Billy Connolly – with Martin Short as his assistant, Rodney. In 2005, he also made The Third Wish – which co-starred actors Jenna Mattison, Armand Assante, Betty White and James Avery. Maguire also appeared as "Euan" in the defunct WB Network sitcom Off Centre with Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jason George.

Maguire played one of the main characters, Donovan Brink, on the television series Eve. He starred in the CBS sitcom The Class, playing gay character Kyle Lendo, but the show was cancelled in May 2007. He completed filming in 2006–2007 for an American comedy film LA Blues playing a character called Jack Davis.

Maguire's film Meet the Spartans went to No. 1 in the US box office chart in 2008, although the film was panned by critics, and was voted second worst film of 2008 by The Times newspaper, and he starred in Mr Eleven on ITV1 in autumn 2008. Maguire also signed on to a guest spot in Cupid for ABC portraying an Irish musician.

Maguire played the lead role in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comedy fantasy series in which he plays a "sensitive, but clueless freedom fighter".[5][6] The show premiered in the United States on Comedy Central on 9 April 2009, in Canada on Citytv on 8 June, and in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 11 June.

Maguire at the 2015 Paradise City Comic Con

Maguire auditioned for the role of Sasha in the 2011 cult classic Knives with the role eventually being given to Kiryl Mihailovich Smaliakou.

In the third season of ABC's Once Upon a Time, Maguire joined the show as Robin Hood, taking over the role from Tom Ellis. After recurring for two seasons, he was promoted to a series regular in June 2015, right before the start of the show's fifth season.[3][7] Maguire exited the main cast in 2016 after his character's death, though he returned in the second half of the sixth season for five episodes as an alternate version of Robin Hood.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Maguire is one of six siblings from the famous Irish dance family. His parents run the well-known Maguire–O'Shea school. Maguire himself danced competitively as a child. Maguire married police detective Tanya Flynn on 19 October 2012.[9] They held a second wedding on 30 December 2014.[10] The couple's first child, a son, was born in July 2015.[11] Their second son was born in December 2017.[12] Their third child, a daughter, was born in September 2021.[13]

Along with his wife, Maguire became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 23 September 2020.[14]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life N/A Uncredited[4]
1992 Waterland Peter
2000 Out of Depth Paul Nixon
2005 The Third Wish Brandon
2007 L.A. Blues Jack Davis
2007 The Dukes Dave
2008 Meet the Spartans Leonidas
2012 Songs for Amy Sean O'Malley [15]
TBA HeadShop Not yet released Grant Post-production
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Show Role Notes
1988–1991 Grange Hill Terence 'Tegs' Ratcliffe Main role
1991 Dodgem Simon Leighton Television miniseries
1992 Growing Pains Jason Begley Recurring role (series 1)
1993 The Bill Darren Hancock Episode: "A Better Life"
1993 EastEnders Aidan Brosnan Regular role
1995 Dangerfield Marty Dangerfield Main role (series 1–2)
1997 Scene Alan Episode: "A Man of Letters"
1997 Dear Nobody Chris Marshall Television film
1999 Holby City Darren Ingram Episodes: "Staying Alive (Parts 1 & 2)" (season 1)
2000 Sunburn Lee Wilson Main role (series 2)
2000 Urban Gothic Jude Redfield Episode: "Thirteen"
2001 Prince Charming Prince 'Charming' John Television film
2001–2002 Off Centre Euan Pierce Main role
2003–2006 Eve Donovan Brink Main role
2006–2007 The Class Kyle Lendo Main role
2009 Cupid Dave Episode: Pilot
2009 Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Kröd Mändoon Television miniseries
2009 Mister Eleven Dan 2-part television film[16]
2010 Cold Case Phil Episode: "Two Weddings"
2010 CSI: NY Alex Brodevesky Episode: "The 34th Floor"
2010 Undercovers Clive Episode: "Xerxes"
2011 Bedlam Sean Episodes: "Driven", "Inmates", "Hide and Seek"
2011 71 Degrees North Himself Contestant (series 2)
2011 Death in Paradise Marlon Collins Episode: "Arriving in Paradise"
2011 Lovelives Blake Television film
2012–2013 Scott & Bailey PC Sean McCartney Also starring (series 2–3)
2013 Criminal Minds Thane Parks Episode: "Brothers Hotchner"
2013 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Robin Hood Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2013–2018 Once Upon a Time Recurring role (seasons 3–4, 6); main role (season 5); guest role (season 7); 56 episodes
2014 The 7.39 Ryan Cole 2-part television film
2015 The Red Dress James Television film
2016 Timeless Ian Fleming Episode: "Party at Castle Varlar"[17]
2019–2020 The 100 Russell Lightbourne Episodes: "Red Sun Rising", "The Gospel of Josephine", "From the Ashes"
2020 The Magicians Sir Effingham / The Dark King 10 episodes
2022 S.W.A.T.

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role
2014 Forza Horizon 2 Ben Miller



Year Information UK Album Chart[18]
1994 Sean Maguire
  • Debut studio album
  • Released: 26 November 1994
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
1996 Spirit
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 3 June 1996
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
1998 Greatest Hits
  • Compilation album
  • Released: 18 June 1998
  • Formats: CD, Cassette


Year Single UK Singles Chart[18] Album
1994 "Someone to Love"
"Take This Time"
1995 "Suddenly"
"Now I've Found You"
"You to Me Are Everything"
1996 "Good Day"
"Don't Pull Your Love"
1997 "Today's the Day"
Non-album single

Stage work[edit]


  1. ^ Rick, Fulton (15 November 2001). "I WAS FLOP AT POP; Sean Maguire tells how singing almost cost him everything". Daily Record.
  2. ^ "Sean Maguire replaces Tom Ellis Robin Hood on 'Once Upon a Time'". Page to Premiere. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Once Upon a Time promotes Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader to series regulars". Entertainment Weekly. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Hartinger, Brent (2 April 2009). "Sean Maguire Interview: From "Monty Python" to "Krod Mandoon"". Archived from the original on 11 April 2009.
  5. ^ "What Is 'Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire'? Sean Maguire Explains. - Xfinity TV Blog". 8 April 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Funny TV Shows & Comedy Television Series". Comedy Central. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' victim breaks silence on shocking death". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (27 September 2016). "Once Upon a Time: Sean Maguire returning as Robin Hood — exclusive". TV Line.
  9. ^ Maguire, Tanya [@TANYAJFLYNN] (19 October 2014). "Happy anniversary @sean_m_maguire if I had my life 2live ova again nxt time I wld find u sooner so I cld <3 u longer" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 September 2016 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Sean Maguire re-marries wife Tanya Flynn in fairytale winter wedding". Hello!Magazine. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  11. ^ Nessif, Bruna (14 July 2015). "Once Upon a Time Star Sean Maguire and Wife Tanya Welcome Their First Child—Get the Exclusive Details!". E! Online. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  12. ^ Stanton, Elizabeth (17 December 2017). "'Once Upon a Time' Star Sean Maguire Welcomes Baby No. 2! (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ Sean Maguire (17 September 2021). "Feeling very grateful to my incredible wife Tanya for bringing our beautiful daughter Amèlie Rose into the world. The boys & I couldn't be more in love with her. Our family is complete.❤️". Instagram. Archived from the original on 26 December 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  14. ^ Maguire, Sean [@iamseanmaguire] (23 September 2020). "Became a citizen today. Just like my country I'm (eh)young scrappy and hungry and I'm not throwing away my shot" – via Instagram.
  15. ^ "Interview with Sean Maguire – 'Songs For Amy'". No More Workhorse. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  16. ^ Warman, Matt (4 December 2009). "Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire on Mister Eleven". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  17. ^ "'Timeless' casts 'Once Upon a Time' star as James Bond author Ian Fleming". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  18. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 344. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7.


  • James, Bethan (2012) Someone To Love? (3rd ed). Bridgend: MadMike Publishers UK. p. 69

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