Chris O’Dowd has built an international reputation as a versatile film and TV actor, winning awards, critical acclaim and huge audience popularity in equal measure. In 2014 he added Broadway to his list of successes. His performance as Lennie in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco earned him a Tony nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actor’ in a Leading Role; a Drama Desk Nomination for ‘Outstanding Actor in a Play and Theatre’ and a World Award for ‘Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance’. His demand as a screen actor means his last stage appearance was back in 2008 in the West End starring opposite Catherine Tate and Francesa Anis in Anna Mackmin’s Under The Blue Sky at the Duke of York Theatre.
O'Dowd first came to the British public’s attention starring as Roy in Channel 4’s cult comedy series The IT Crowd (2006-13). He’s been a regular on the small screen ever since; from the critically acclaimed BBC series Crimson Petal and the White (2011) in which he starred as William Wrackham, to writing, producing, directing and starring in Sky’s Moone Boy his acclaimed semi autobiographical sitcom that finds him returning to his Irish childhood in 1990s Boyle. The show, in which he plays Sean Murphy, the imaginary friend of young boy Martin Moone won an Emmy for ‘Best Comedy’ in 2013, and it was also nominated for ‘Best New Comedy Programme’ at The British Comedy Awards and won the IFTA for 'Best Entertainment Programme' in the same year. In 2014 Moone Boy won the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom, earned the IFTA for the second consecutive year and in 2015 followed up these with a nomination for 'Best Sitcom Comedy' at the BAFTA's.
Chris’s other movie credits include Judd Apatow’s This is 40 (2012) opposite Paul Rudd; Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids (2011) alongside Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, and Jay Roache’s Dinner for Schmucks (2010) opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell.
2015 saw Chris work with Tim Burton on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and is now scheduled to reunite with Christopher Guest on an upcoming film that Guest will write and direct.
Chris is from Roscommon, Ireland. He studied politics at Dublin University before training at LAMDA.