Although most Americans know him for playing the affable Officer Rhodes in "Bridesmaids" (2011), Chris O'Dowd was already a major star in Britain prior to his breakthrough performance in the Judd Apa...
Actor Chris O'dowd is planning a trip home to Ireland so he can introduce his baby son to all his relatives. The Bridesmaids star became a first-time father last month (Jan15) when his TV host wife Dawn O'Porter gave birth to baby Art.
The baby is believed to have been born in Los Angeles, where O'Dowd has been living for the last few years, and the star has now revealed they are taking Art on a trip to Ireland very soon.
O'Dowd reveals he asked for the latest series of his TV comedy Moone Boy be filmed in his hometown of County Roscommon so he can introduce Art to his relatives and show him where he grew up.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "(His birth) was (an) incredible moment. It is a hard thing to describe. I found initially in those moments right after the birth, which was really dramatic and scary, my initial concern was that Dawn was OK. Almost secondarily you are dealing with the fact that this new person is in the world. Then five minutes later you are, 'Oh my God' and holding him in your arms. You feel suddenly like you are an antique-shop owner holding this incredibly fragile thing in your hands.
"(Fatherhood) is fantastic - it's a role that you can't in any way prepare for, but I have been really loving it. He is an absolute sweetheart... We are going back (to Ireland) in a month or so so Art can meet the family. Because we are going home so soon we are waiting to see the Irish folk when we go over."
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd is a first-time dad. The actor/comedian's TV host wife Dawn O’Porter gave birth to a baby boy on 25 January (15), her publicist has confirmed.
O'Dowd waited a week to share the news with fans, taking to Twitter on Sunday (01Feb15) and writing, "It’s a boy! (Dawn) & I would like to introduce Art, our gorgeous baby. Well, I’m pretty sure he’s ours."
He also posted a mash-up photo of a baby sporting his beard and his wife’s haircut.
O’Porter adds, "Thanks all. He is one week old today. It’s been a beautiful week. I think we’ll definitely keep him."
The stars of veteran comedy troupe Monty Python were handed a lifetime achievement prize at the British Comedy Awards in London on Tuesday night (16Dec14). The funnymen, including John Cleese and Michael Palin, landed the prestigious British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony in Wembley, north London.
Other winners included U.S. sitcom Modern Family, which was named Best International Comedy Programme, and British movie The Inbetweeners 2, which earned the Best Comedy Film title.
Funnyman Harry Enfield landed the Best TV Comedy Actor prize and The IT Crowd's Katherine Parkinson took the female equivalent.
Parkinson's former TV co-star Chris O'Dowd won Best Sitcom for his show Moone Boy, and another The IT Crowd graduate Matt Berry won Best New Comedy for Toast of London.
Jack Whitehall was named King Of Comedy for the third consecutive year.
British actor/comedian Noel Fielding took the stand at a court in London on Tuesday (21Oct14) to testify as part of a police assault case. Fielding, who starred in U.K. sitcom The IT Crowd opposite Chris O'Dowd, testified during a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice as part of his friend Jimmy Browne's civil complaint against London's Metropolitan Police force in which Browne claims to have been assaulted by officers in 2010.
The pair was stopped and searched for drugs on their way to a party in Kentish Town, north London, but they were later released without charge. Browne claims he was assaulted by the officers and sustained a broken leg in the incident.
Fielding took the stand and recounted the night's events, admitting he did not see any violent behaviour by the officers because he was handcuffed and lying on the ground, but added, "I could hear stuff. I couldn't really see, but I could definitely tell there was a struggle... I was in quite a lot of shock."
The star also branded the incident "traumatic".
Browne, who previously worked as a minder for late singer Amy Winehouse, is seeking $128,000 (£80,000).
Chris O'dowd's cult British sitcom The It Crowd is to be remade in the U.S. The Irish actor shot to fame alongside Richard Ayoade in the comedy about a pair of geeky computer technicians, which ran for four seasons and concluded with a 2013 special.
It has now emerged the show is to be revived by U.S. network NBC and remade for American audiences with a new cast.
Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence is behind the remake.
A previous attempt to recreate the show in the U.S. failed to get past the pilot stage. It featured British actor Ayoade reprising his role as Maurice Moss opposite American castmembers Joel McHale and Jessica St. Clair.
The news comes a day after it was announced Moone Boy, another of O'Dowd's hit British shows, is to be adapted for the U.S. TV audience.
Irish actor Chris O'dowd is adapting his hit U.K. sitcom Moone Boy for U.S. audiences. The Bridesmaids star won an International Emmy Award for the comedy show last year (13) and now TV executives at America's ABC network are interested in developing a U.S. version for viewers.
O'Dowd will write the script and serve as executive producer, although he is not expected to reprise his role as sarcastic Sean, a grown-up imaginary friend of titular character Martin Moone.
The third season of the U.K. series, which is set in Ireland, is scheduled to air in 2015.
Episodes of the original Moone Boy series, co-created by Nick Vincent Murphy, began airing on America's PBS network earlier this year (14).
Actor Chris O'dowd is set to be feted with the freedom of the county of Roscommon in his native Ireland later this month (Oct14), two years after he was announced as the honouree. The Bridesmaids star, who was born in the town of Boyle, was initially revealed as the recipient of the civic honour in 2012, but he will only now receive the accolade in recognition of his acting success.
Celebrating the news on his Twitter.com account on Tuesday (07Oct14), he writes, "Freedom of the county?!Thank you! And worry not, i'm usually too sleepy to take up my new rights to local Prima Nocta (historic law allowing local priests to bless marriages by taking the virginity of the bride)".
The reason for the presentation delay is not known.
O'Dowd will have the honour bestowed upon him by members of the Roscommon County Council at a ceremony in King House on 22 October (14).
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd told fans he is preparing to become a first-time father while taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday (27Aug14). The actor posted a video of himself on Twitter.com accepting the task from "a bunch of b**ody idiots" who nominated him to douse freezing cold water over his head in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association.
After his wife, Dawn O'Porter, drenched her husband with the water, he nominated his The IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade and "Baby O'Porter", as he panned the camera over to his wife who revealed her baby bump and poured a small cup of ice water on her burgeoning belly.
This will be the first child for the couple, which tied the knot in 2012.
Dozens of stars have now taken part in the water stunt campaign, which aims to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease.
James Franco and Chris O'dowd's Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice And Men bowed out on a box office high as it closed on Sunday (27Jul14) after raking in just under $1.04 million (£611,765) for the week's eight performances. The big figure set a new record for the show's venue, the Longacre Theatre, as it was the first time one of its productions had crossed the $1 million (£588,235) mark. The play had already recouped its $3.8 million (£2.24 million) investment in its first 12 weeks on the Great White Way.
Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson and David and Victoria Beckham were among the celebrities who witnessed tennis champ Novak Djokovic defeat Roger Federer to win Britain's Wimbledon Men's title on Sunday (06Jul14). Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale and director Guy Ritchie were also in the stands at Centre Court as the Serbian sportsman emerged victorious after an epic five-set match, narrowly beating Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to claim his second Wimbledon trophy.
Jackman shared a Twitter.com photo of himself and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the London venue and later congratulated Djokovic on his seventh Grand Slam title, writing, "One of the greatest matches of all time @Wimbledon. Well done @rogerfederer. Superb win and huge congratulations @DjokerNole."
He also uploaded a photo of Djokovic hugging his mentor, former tennis icon Boris Becker, after the match and added, "Epic moment for djokernole, Becker and their entire team. What a day @Wimbledon. One I will never forget."
Other stars watching the game on TV also shared their thoughts online, with British comedian Stephen Fry writing, "How magnificently graceful both players were in defeat and victory. Hurrah for that", and actor John Leguizamo tweeting, "Sorry #federer u (sic) gave it your all my friend! Great game!"
Meanwhile, One Direction singer Liam Payne added, "Congratulations @DjokerNole heard it was a great game can't wait to watch it back have a drunk (drink) on me".
Actresses Kate Walsh and Brooklyn Decker, singer Eliza Doolittle and Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd were also among the celebrities tweeting about the championship finals on Sunday.
Cast as General Edward opposite Jack Black in "Gulliver's Travels"
Recurring role on HBO's "Girls"
Cast in bit role opposite Simon Pegg in ensemble comedy "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"
Played the love interest of Kristen Wiig's maid of honor in "Bridesmaids"
Cast in Mike Leigh directed feature "Vera Drake"
Reunited with "Bridesmaids" co-stars Wiig and Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt
Starred as a talent scout who discovers titular music group "The Sapphires"
Although most Americans know him for playing the affable Officer Rhodes in "Bridesmaids" (2011), Chris O'Dowd was already a major star in Britain prior to his breakthrough performance in the Judd Apatow-produced wedding comedy. As the star of the British sitcom, "The IT Crowd" (Channel 4, 2006-2010), O'Dowd played a socially awkward computer geek named Roy. The show made O'Dowd a household name in Britain, and before long he was being courted by Hollywood, appearing in brief but memorable roles in such films as "Pirate Radio" (2009), "Dinner for Shmucks" (2010) and "Gulliver's Travels" (2010). But it was O'Dowd's role as the love interest of Kristen Wiig's character in "Bridesmaids" that made him a bona-fide Hollywood star. That film would go on to gross nearly $300 million at the box office in the summer of 2011, firmly minting Chris O'Dowd as one of the film world's newest big-screen funnymen.
Engaged Dec. 26, 2011; Married Aug. 26, 2012
University College Dublin
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
"I’ve gone up for loads of jobs in the past that I knew were going to be terrible, and I’ve done my best, and I still haven’t got them. So I think I’ve been lucky in who’s decided I’d be worthy of their time." - from The Telegraph, June 20, 2011
"I would be happy if I didn't do any of the bigger work again. Because it is a big machine, and it's operating inside such a small box. And because I've never watched one of those kinds of films and gone, 'God, that guy's performance is amazing!'" - from London Evening Standard, June 16, 2011
"I prefer doing comedy to the really, really serious stuff. The serious roles are very rewarding in other ways, but I do enjoy the sound of people laughing." - from London Evening Standard, June 16, 2011
Grew to be over 6 feet tall by the age of 11 and is now 6 feet 4 inches.