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Colin O'Donoghue
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 26, 1981
Age: 36
Hometown: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Birthplace: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Nationality: Irish
Social Networks: Twitter
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Other Information
Eye Color: Bright Blue
Occupation(s): Actor
Musician
Education: local schools
The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin
Talents: Acting
Singing
Family & Friends
Family: Con O'Donoghue (father)
Mary O'Donoghue (mother)
Allen O'Donoghue (brother)
Ethan James O'Donoghue(son)
Millie O'Donoghue (daughter)
Relationships: Helen O'Donoghue (wife)
Series Information
Character: Killian "Hook" Jones
First appearance: The Crocodile

Colin O'Donoghue is an Irish actor and musician, best known for portraying Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time. He appeared in the 2011 horror thriller film The Rite (2011) as a skeptical novice priest, Michael Kovak.

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Early Life and Education

O'Donoghue, the son of Con and Mary O'Donoghue, was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He attended local schools, and later The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. At age 17, he went to Paris for a month to learn French.

Career

O'Donoghue's early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the UK. In 2003, he won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman in "Home For Christmas".

In 2009, he appeared as Duke Philip of Bavaria in an episode of season 3 of the Showtime historical-fiction series The Tudors. He made his Hollywood film debut alongside Anthony Hopkins in the horror thriller film The Rite (2011). He made an audition video for The Rite in a friend's home studio in Drogheda and sent it to the United States. He plays guitar and sings in a band called The Enemies, formed in 2003 in Ireland.

In 2012, O'Donoghue was cast as Captain Hook/Killian Jones in the second season of the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. In 2014, O'Donoghue was cast as the main character in "The Dust Storm", an independent film set in Nashville, Tennessee as a musician called "Brennan".

Christina Perri wrote a song, "The Words", which she dedicated to Colin's character (Captain Hook) in Once Upon a Time.

The Enemies

O'Donoghue was part of the five-piece Irish band, "The Enemies", which was formed in 2003 by O'Donoghue and a close friend, Ronan McQuillan. The Enemies released their self-titled debut EP on 7 March 2011 prior to their self-funded first album on track. He played guitar and sang backing vocals on the band's first EP and debut album.

Although the band was unsigned, it was commissioned by General Motors to record tracks for their "Chevy route 66" online campaign. The band worked on the music for Coca-Cola's "5BY20" project. Their debut album Sounds Big on the Radio was to be released in March 2013, which was later scheduled for 2014. In May 2013, he announced he was leaving the band due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.

Awards

For his role in Home for Christmas, he was awarded Best New Talent at the 1st Irish Film & Television Awards, held on 1 November 2003.

Personal life

O'Donoghue married his wife Helen, a schoolteacher, in 2009, shortly after his appearance on The Tudors. The couple have been together since they were eighteen and have two children: a son and a daughter.

Filmography

Year TV Show/Movie Medium Role
2001 Rebel Heart TV Mini-Series Rowe
2002 Home for Christmas TV Movie Norman Quested
2003 Call Girl Short Brendan
2004 Love Is the Drug TV Series Peter
2005 Proof TV Series Jamie
2005 Fair City TV Series Emmett Fitzgerald
2006 24/7 Short Nick
2006 - 2008 The Clinic TV Series Conor / Conor Elliott
2009 Wild Decembers TV Movie Young Guard
2009 The Tudors TV Series Duke Philip of Bavaria
2009 The Euthanizer Short Ben
2011 Identity TV Movie John Bloom
2011 The Rite Michael Kovak
2012 Storage 24 Mark
2016 The Dust Storm Brennan
2016 Carrie Pilby Professor Harrison
2012 - present Once Upon a Time TV Series Killian "Hook" Jones
2016 What Still Remains (post-production) Peter

Trivia

  • He is a guitarist for the band The Enemies, a five piece band from O'Donoghue's native Ireland.
  • Appears in Christina Perri's "The Words" music video.
  • At the age of 16 went to Paris for a month to learn to speak French.
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