Irish actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd has established himself as a successful screen personality who has achieved significant success in both television and film through his remarkable roles. His popular comic roles include Roy Trenneman in The IT Crowd and Miles Daily in getting Shorty. Chris has starred in films such as Thor: The Dark World, St. Vincent, This is 40, and many others. For his remarkable roles, the actor was nominated for the 2012 BAFTA-Rising Star Award and has also earned much recognition throughout his career. Here are more things you should know about him.
Chris O’Dowd’s Biography
He was born on October 9, 1979, in County Roscommon, Ireland, to his parents Sean, his father, and Denise, his mother. His mother is a psychotherapist who advises people from all walks of life, while his father is a visual artist. Chris has four older siblings from the same parents. As a child, he loved sports very much and was part of the Gaelic soccer team at his school. O’Dowd had his higher education at University College Dublin, where he studied politics and sociology.
Chris O’Dowd did not wait to graduate before going to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts to pursue his hidden acting desires. Since he was later to become a great actor, he only decided to take the path of acting at the age of 18 to 19. The journey began for him when he happened to find himself in a theater group at college and then realized that this was what he wanted for himself.
He got his first film role in 2003 when he appeared in the film “Conspiracy of Silence” and then in the television series “The Clinic”, which ran from 2003 to 2005. In 2004 he starred in Vera Drake and then at the festival, which won him the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film in 2005. While appearing in many other productions, he also worked as a writer, director, and executive producer.
The actor has made over 30 films, television series, and a stage show. He has received many nominations and several awards for all of these, including the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in The Sapphires (2012) and the IFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridesmaids (2011).
Family – Wife, Children, Siblings
Chris O’Dowd was born and raised in a very strong Roman Catholic family, although he would not only remain an atheist for the rest of his life but also develop his own philosophy against the existence of a god. His family is also artistically influenced; in addition to his father, who is a visual artist, two of his siblings also attended art school. He has one brother, John O’Dowd, who is an Irish politician.
The actor is married to the Scottish TV presenter, author, and director Dawn O’Porter. The very funny and interesting couple met at Dawn O’Porter’s birthday party in 2009 where they were introduced by Nick Frost, their mutual friend.
Previously, the actor was rejected three times by the woman who later became his wife when he sent her a friend request on Facebook. But when she organized her birthday party, she invited him, for fear that nobody would come. That is how the love between the two began.
When she talked about how they started dating, Dawn revealed that she was very happy to have met him at that time, because without him she might have hit rock bottom. In 2011 Dawn and Chris will announce their engagement, and in 2012 they will tie the knot in a three-day event. After the marriage, the director, who was born Dawn Porter, legally changed her name to Dawn O’Porter.
The marriage has been blessed with two children. Dawn gave birth to the couple’s first child, Art O’Porter, in February 2015, and in 2017 she announced that she was close to her 38th birthday and that she was pregnant with her second child who was later born, in July 2017, as Valentine O’Porter.
Chris is a man with good looks, but also has a good height and an athletic build. However, he is 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and although his weight is not available, he keeps fit and seems to be in good shape.