With no previous acting experience, Irish-born Eamonn Owens impressed a casting assistant enough to make the finals for the leading role in Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy" (1997), adapted from Patrick...
Filmed second role as the young Martin Cahill in John Boorman's biopic of the criminal shot by the IRA, "I Once Had a Life"
Feature acting debut in Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy"
Appeared in the BBC TV series "Amongst Women"
Played small role of a hunchback in "Angela's Ashes", which featured his real-life brother Ciaran as Frank McCourt
With no previous acting experience, Irish-born Eamonn Owens impressed a casting assistant enough to make the finals for the leading role in Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy" (1997), adapted from Patrick McCabe's. The then-13-year-old had been a participant in his hometown's marching band and had modeled clothes for a local shop, but acting was not on his agenda--until scouts auditioned him and his classmates for the central role of a troubled youth with homicidal tendencies. The red-haired Owens was a natural as the young Francie Brady, coping with the death of his mother and his virtual abandonment. (The adult character is portrayed by Stephen Rea.) When incarcerated in a correctional facility, the youth becomes an altar boy and experiences visions of the Virgin Mary that offer his comfort. The budding thespian followed with a turn as the younger version of the criminal Martin Cahill (played as an adult by Brendan Gleeson) in John Boorman's biopic "The General" (1998). Owens also landed a supporting role in the BBC-produced series "Amongst Women" and made a cameo appearance as a hunchback alongside younger brother Ciaran (who was cast as the pre-teen Frank McCourt) in "Angela's Ashes" (1999).
born c. 1986; acted in "Agnes Browne" and as Frank McCourt in Alan Parker's film adaptation of "Angela's Ashes" (both 1999)
"I was looking for someone elemental, someone who would understans where Francie was coming from. He had to breathe fire. I knew immediately when I went into that classroom that Eaminn was who I was looking for. He was like a little elemental war god. I gave him two pages of the script to read, and his ability to comprehend it at an instinctive level and to deliver it was incredible." --cast assistant Maureen Hughes quoted in the London SUNDAY TIMES, February 22. 1998