David O'Hara

Siezing on the idea of an acting career while in high school, David O'Hara left Scotland to pursue the craft at the age of 17, studying at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. The dark-haired actor made his ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1965 in United Kingdom


Actor (42)

Gotham 2015 (Tv Show)


Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

The Messenger 2014 (Movie)

DCI Keane (Actor)

Luther 2013 (Tv Show)


Stand Off 2013 (Movie)

Mad Dog Flynn (Actor)

Best Laid Plans 2012 (Movie)


Contraband 2012 (Movie)

Jim Church (Actor)

Covert Affairs 2012 (Tv Show)


Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Pat Dolan (Actor)

Golf in the Kingdom 2011 (Movie)

Shivas Irons (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Albert Runcorn (Actor)

The District 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)


The Kid 2010 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

The Tudors 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)


Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)


Doomsday 2008 (Movie)

Michael Canaris (Actor)

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Mr. X (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Fitzy (Actor)

Tristan & Isolde 2006 (Movie)

Donnchadh (Actor)

Den of Lions 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Stander 2004 (Movie)

Alan Heyl (Actor)

Janice Beard 2002 (Movie)

O'Brien (Actor)

Fever 2001 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Made 2001 (Movie)

The Welshman (Actor)

The Match 2000 (Movie)

Mechanic (Actor)

Donovan Quick 1999 (Movie)

Clive (Actor)

Oliver Twist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

Martin MacDuff (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1997 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

Some Mother's Son 1996 (Movie)

Frank Higgins (Actor)

The Slab Boys 1996 (Movie)

Terry Skinnedar (Actor)

The Near Room 1995 (Movie)

Harris Hill (Actor)

Maria's Child 1991 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Bridge 1991 (Movie)

Steer (Actor)

Resurrected 1989 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Fellow Traveller 1986 (Movie)

Ronnie Wilson (Actor)

Link 1986 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Comfort and Joy 1984 (Movie)

Engineer (Actor)

Jesus (TV Show)



Siezing on the idea of an acting career while in high school, David O'Hara left Scotland to pursue the craft at the age of 17, studying at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. The dark-haired actor made his feature debut in a small part in Bill Forsyth's "Comfort and Joy" (1984) and played a Scottish boy in "The Monicled Mutineer" (BBC, 1986), his first effort for the small screen. Among his stage performances, O'Hara portrayed Tybalt in a 1986 open air production of "Romeo and Juliet" and three years later took his turn in the play's more challenging role of Mercutio. His big break came as Stephen, the rampaging Irishman who joins forces with William Wallace (Mel Gibson), in "Braveheart" (1995). The following year saw him co-starring opposite Helen Mirren as a slightly independent policeman in Granada Television's "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment", which aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1997. That same year, O'Hara also appeared in Alan J Pakula's "The Devil's Own", was the romantic foil to Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker", portrayed a biker in the Scottish film "The Slab Boys" and portrayed Bill Sykes in "The Wonderful World of Disney" adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC).


Martha O'Hara


Patrick O'Hara



Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England



Starred in the period drama "Tristan & Isolde"


Cast in the Martin Scorsese mob drama, "The Departed"


Starred in Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" starring Don Cheadle as hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina


Had regular role on the CBS fall drama series "The District"


Played romantic lead opposite Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker"


Co-starred as Bill Sykes in the Disney TV-movie remake of "Oliver Twist", starring Richard Dreyfuss


Reunited with Mirren in Terry George's "Some Mother's Son"


Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment"


Had featured role in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning epic "Braveheart"


Portrayed Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet"


Made stage debut as Tybalt in London's Open Air theater production of "Romeo and Juliet"; also played Cobweb in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and understudied Ralph Fiennes in the same production


TV debut, BBC production of "The Monicled Mutineer"


Feature debut, "Comfort and Joy"


Moved from Glasgow to London at age 17 (date approximate)

Was member of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Bonus Trivia


"I'm proud to be Scottish and I want an independent Scotland. I have a lot of English friends and I've no problem with the English, but I don't like the fact that an English Government in London rules Scotland--that's not right. It's difficult not to get nationalistic about it. But the film ["Braveheart"] is very important to let the Scotts know we have heroes of our own. William Wallace is a legend that few know about . . . And the idea of kicking lumps out of Sassenachs was great."It also made it easier to do the war cries, especially after Scotland lost to England in the Five Nations rugby tournament while we were filming . . ." --David O'Hara to the SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD, August 23, 1995