|Birthday:||January 26, 1981|
|Hometown:||Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland|
|Birthplace:||Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland|
|Social Networks:|| Twitter|
|Eye Color:||Bright Blue|
|Education:|| local schools|
The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin
|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)|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2001||Rebel Heart||TV Mini-Series||Rowe|
|2002||Home for Christmas||TV Movie||Norman Quested|
|2004||Love Is the Drug||TV Series||Peter|
|2005||Fair City||TV Series||Emmett Fitzgerald|
|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|
|2011||Identity||TV Movie||John Bloom|
|2011||The Rite||Michael Kovak|
|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|
- 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.