Steven O'Donnell (Australian actor)

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Steven O'Donnell
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Born
Steven O'Donnell

(1980-12-05) 5 December 1980 (age 38)
NationalityAustralian/New Zealander
OccupationTelevision presenter
Known forGood Game
Home townBrisbane
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Websitehttps://stevenodonnell.com

Steven O'Donnell III (born 5 December 1980), better known by his gamer tag and often stage name "Bajo", is an Australian television presenter, actor, and author. He is best known as one of the presenters of the ABC video game programme Good Game from 2007 until its cancellation in 2016; he co-hosted Good Game: Spawn Point until November 2017,[1] and currently streams on Twitch.tv.[2] O'Donnell was born in New Zealand and grew up on the outskirts of Toowoomba.[3]

Career[edit]

Independent film[edit]

O'Donnell completed his first lead role in an independent feature called Scratched (DigiSPAA film festival 2005) at the age of 20. He has since appeared in over 40 short films. After moving to Sydney in 2003, O'Donnell was cast in lead roles for the independent films Wango and Malloy and Suburban Boys.

In 2003, O'Donnell played a minor role as a lifeguard in the film Swimming Upstream. In 2005, O'Donnell worked on the feature Almost with Salvatore Coco, Ada Nicodemou and Tony Barry. In 2006, O'Donnell worked on the feature Schooner of Blood.

Television[edit]

O'Donnell hosted a live interactive quiz show on the Seven Network called Midnight Zoo in 2006.[4]

O'Donnell joined the ABC show Good Game in 2007, co-hosting alongside Jeremy "Junglist" Ray until 2009, and Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen from 2009 to the show's cancellation in 2016. He also co-hosts the show Good Game: Spawn Point, alongside Gus "Goose" Ronald and Angharad "Rad" Yeo; which he hosted alongside Bendixsen until her departure in 2016. For these shows, he goes by the alias "Bajo". O'Donnell resigned from the ABC in October 2017, and departed Spawn Point in December.[5]

In 2017, O'Donnell created and appeared in a Sci-Fi children's television show called Trip For Biscuits.[4]

Other[edit]

In 2016, O'Donnell co-wrote two children's books with Bendixsen called Dig World [6] and Dragon Land.[7] He began part-time streaming of video games on Twitch.tv in March 2017, and became full-time following his resignation from the ABC in December 2017.[5] He is well known on the streaming platform for his repertoire of unique padding clips that are used in the livestream.

Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Undead Featured zombie
Swimming Upstream Lifeguard
2004 Suburban Boys Bob Independent film
2005 Scratched Donald Independent film
2006 Wango and Malloy Angus Independent film
2007 Almost an iota of supreme genius covalent theory" William Independent film
Untitled/The Trees Boyd / Narrator Short film
The Catalpa Rescue John Boyle O'Reilly uncredited
2009 Schooner of Blood[8] Jack

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 headLand Student D Series 1, Episode 23
2006 Midnight Zoo Himself Presenter
Stepfather of the Bride Andre Television movie
2007–16 Good Game Himself Presenter, Producer
2010 Review with Myles Barlow Himself Series 2, Episode 2
2010–17 Good Game: Spawn Point Himself Presenter
2011 Bit Com and the Oblivion Ray Himself Aired on ABC3
Cricket Smackdown Himself Aired on ABC3
2012 My Great Big Adventure Himself Episode 3
Tennis Smackdown Himself Aired on ABC3
Dance music clip Lead
2013 ABC3 Beach Soccer Smackdown Himself Aired on ABC3
#7DaysLater Ghost Soldier Episode 6
2013–14 Good Game: Pocket Edition Himself Presenter
2014 ABC3 Smackdown Games Himself Aired on ABC3
2017 Trip For Biscuits Co-creator, Lead
2017- Whovians Himself Presenter[9]
2017 ABC’s New Year’s Eve special Unaccredited, Enthusiastic Jazz Dancer Aired on the 31st of December 2017

Bibliography[edit]

Year Title
2016 Dig World
Dragon Land

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bajo, Good Game (ABC2)
  2. ^ Bajostream, Twitch.
  3. ^ Bajo's Clip Show Episode, Good Game (ABC2).
  4. ^ a b http://www.stevenodonnell.com/about.html
  5. ^ a b Daal, Joel Van (1 November 2017). "Bajo departs ABC". MCV Pacific. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.booktopia.com.au/dig-world-bajo/prod9781760159252.html
  7. ^ http://www.booktopia.com.au/dragon-land-bajo-hex/prod9781760275662.html
  8. ^ https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/t/schooner-of-blood-2010/29970/
  9. ^ Knox, David (24 March 2017). "Rove to host Doctor Who panel on ABC2". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 March 2017.

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