Chris O'Dowd

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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1979 in Boyle County, Roscommon, IE

Filmography

Actor (32)

Calvary 2014 (Movie)

Jack Brennan (Actor)

Cuban Fury 2014 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

Hippie Hippie Shake 2014 (Movie)

Felix Dennis (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Moone Boy 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

Brother Geraghty (Actor)

The Double 2014 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Epic 2013 (Movie)

Grub (Voice)

Family Tree 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Sapphires 2013 (Movie)

Dave Lovelace (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom 2012 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Conan 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Girls 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

Rhodes (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

Marco - Blind Swordsman (Actor)

Gulliver's Travels 2010 (Movie)

General Edward (Actor)

The IT Crowd 2006 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 2008 (Movie)

Post Modern Review Staff (Actor)

Hotel Very Welcome 2007 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Festival 2005 (Movie)

Tommy O'Dwyer (Actor)

The Crimson Petal and the White (Movie)

William Rackham (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Dawn Porter

Wife
Engaged Dec. 26, 2011 Married Aug. 26, 2012

EDUCATION

University College Dublin

1997

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

1997 - 1999
Dropped out after 18 months

Milestones

2012

Reunited with "Bridesmaids" co-stars Wiig and Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

2012

Recurring role on HBO's "Girls"

2012

Starred as a talent scout who discovers titular music group "The Sapphires"

2011

Played the love interest of Kristen Wiig's maid of honor in "Bridesmaids"

2010

Cast as General Edward opposite Jack Black in "Gulliver's Travels"

2008

Cast in bit role opposite Simon Pegg in ensemble comedy "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"

2004

Cast in Mike Leigh directed feature "Vera Drake"

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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

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"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

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Grew to be over 6 feet tall by the age of 11 and is now 6 feet 4 inches.

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