CHRIS O'DOWD (Duncan) is a Tony Award-nominated actor who has built an
reputation as a versatile film and television performer. O'Dowd is well known
for his co-starring role in Paul
Feig's Bridesmaids, opposite Kristen Wiig. He was nominated for BAFTA's Rising
Star Award and a SAG
Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), in addition to
winning the Irish Film and
Television Award for Best Supporting Actor: Film. In addition to an array of
major award nominations,
Bridesmaids earned almost $300 million worldwide.
O'Dowd currently stars opposite Ray Romano in the Epix series "Get Shorty,"
based on the Elmore
Leonard novel and the feature film of the same name. His character, Miles Daly,
tries to become a movie
producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind and win back
his recently estranged
Previously, O'Dowd was seen in Jim Strouse's The Incredible Jessica James,
opposite Jessica Williams;
Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's Loving Vincent, alongside Saoirse Ronan;
Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game,
opposite Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner; Julius Onah's The
Cloverfield Paradox, produced by J.J.
Abrams; Wayne Blair's The Sapphires, which broke Australian box-office records
and garnered O'Dowd the
AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor; Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent, with Bill Murray
and Melissa McCarthy;
Judd Apatow's This Is 40, alongside Paul Rudd; Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With
Kids, opposite Jon Hamm
and Kristen Wiig; Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks, with Paul Rudd and Steve
Carell; Richard Curtis' Pirate
Radio, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman; and Annie Griffin's Festival, which was
nominated for two BAFTA
Awards (including Best British Film) and earned O'Dowd a BAFTA Scotland Award
for Best Actor in a
Scottish Film. Additionally, he lent his voice to Chris Wedge's animated
blockbuster Epic, which also featured
Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Sudeikis.
O'Dowd's other film credits include Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love,
Christopher Guest's Mascots,
Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Stephen Frears' The
Program, James Griffiths' Cuban
Fury, John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World, Rob
Travels, Richard Curtis' Fox and Gareth Carrivick's Frequently Asked Questions
About Time Travel.
On television, O'Dowd is well known for his role in the cult comedy series "The
IT Crowd." His
other credits include Lena Dunham's "Girls," Christopher Guest's "Family Tree,"
and the BBC's "The
Crimson Petal and the White." O'Dowd wrote, directed and starred in "Moone Boy,"
comedy based on his Irish childhood in the 1990s. The show won an International
Emmy for Best Comedy,
was nominated for Best New Comedy Programme at the British Comedy Awards and won
the IFTA for Best
Entertainment Programme. In its second season "Moone Boy" won the British Comedy
Award for Best
Sitcom, earned an IFTA for the second consecutive year, and received a 2015
BAFTA Award nomination for
Best Scripted Comedy.
On stage O'Dowd's performance as Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men,"
Franco, earned him Tony and Drama Desk nominations, as well as a Theatre World
Award for Outstanding
Broadway Debut Performance. He also starred in the director Anna Mackmin's
revival of "Under the Blue
Sky," opposite Catherine Tate at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End.
O'Dowd hails from Roscommon, Ireland. He studied politics at Dublin University
before training at
the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.
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