Colin O'Donoghue

Colin O'Donoghue

O'Donoghue at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1981-01-26) 26 January 1981
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Helen O'Donoghue
Children 1
Website Official website

Colin O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician, best known for portraying Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time. He appeared in the 2011 horror thriller film The Rite (2011) as a skeptical novice priest, Michael Kovak.

Early life and education

O'Donoghue, the son of Con and Mary O'Donoghue, was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family.[1] He attended local schools, and later The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.[2] At age 17, he went to Paris for a month to learn French.[3]


O'Donoghue's early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the UK.[4] In 2003, he won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman in "Home For Christmas".[4]

In 2009, he appeared as Duke Philip of Bavaria in an episode of season 3 of the Showtime historical-fiction series The Tudors. He made his Hollywood film debut alongside Anthony Hopkins in the horror thriller film The Rite (2011).[2] He made an audition video for The Rite in a friend's home studio in Drogheda and sent it to the United States. He plays guitar and sings in a band called The Enemies, formed in 2003 in Ireland.[2]

In 2012, O'Donoghue was cast as Captain Hook/Killian Jones in the second season of the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. In 2014, O'Donoghue was cast as the main character in "The Dust Storm", an independent film set in Nashville, Tennessee as a musician called "Brennan".[5][6]

Christina Perri wrote a song, "The Words", which she dedicated to Colin's character (Captain Hook) in Once Upon a Time.[7]

The Enemies

O'Donoghue was part of the five-piece Irish band, "The Enemies", which was formed in 2003 by O'Donoghue and a close friend, Ronan McQuillan. The Enemies released their self-titled debut EP on 7 March 2011[8] prior to their self-funded first album on track.[9] He played guitar and sang backing vocals on the band's first EP and debut album.

Although the band was unsigned, it was commissioned by General Motors to record tracks for their "Chevy route 66" online campaign.[10] The band worked on the music for Coca-Cola's "5BY20" project.[11] Their debut album Sounds Big on the Radio was to be released in March 2013, which was later scheduled for 2014.[12] In May 2013, he announced he was leaving the band due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.[13]


For his role in Home for Christmas, he was awarded Best New Talent at the 1st Irish Film & Television Awards, held on 1 November 2003.[14]

Personal life

O'Donoghue and his wife Helen,[15][16][17] a schoolteacher,[18] have one child.


O'Donoghue at the PaleyFest 2013
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Call Girl Brendan Short film
2006 24/7 Nick Short film
2009 Euthanizer, TheThe Euthanizer Ben Short film
2011 Rite, TheThe Rite Michael Kovak
2012 Storage 24 Mark
2016 The Dust Storm Brennan Post-production
2016 Carrie Pilby Professor Harrison Post-production
What Still Remains Peter Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Rebel Heart Rowe Miniseries; episode 1
2002 Home for Christmas Norman Quested Television film
Irish Film & Television Award for Best New Talent[14]
2004 Love Is the Drug Peter 2 episodes
2005 Proof Jamie 2 episodes
Fair City Emmet Fitzgerald 3 episodes
2006–08 Clinic, TheThe Clinic Conor Elliott 11 episodes
2009 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Duke Philip of Bavaria Episode: "The Undoing of Cromwell"
Wild Decembers Young guard Television film
2011 Identity John Bloom Television pilot
2012–present Once Upon a Time Captain Hook/Killian Jones Series regular (season 2–present)
Music video roles
Year Title Artist(s) Role Source
2015 "The Words" Christina Perri Love interest [19][20]


Year Title[21] Role Theatre Location
Aoife and Isobel Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Dream of a Summer Day, TheThe Dream of a Summer Day Storytellers Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Eclipse Olivier Theatre London, England
Eugene Onegin – The Roadshow Something Different Theatre Company Oxford, England
Leaving Quarehawks Theatre Company Monaghan, Ireland
Moonlight Mickey's Calipo Theatre Company Drogheda, Ireland
Othello Second Age Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Outlying Islands Island Theatre Company Chicago, US
Sky Road Theatre Royal Waterford, Ireland
Taming of the Shrew, TheThe Taming of the Shrew Rough Magic Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Walking the Road Axis Theatre Vancouver, Canada
What the Dead Want Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Notes
2003 Irish Film and Television Awards Best New TalentWon Home for Christmas
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Chemistry shared with: Jennifer Morrison Nominated Once Upon a Time
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock shared with: Jennifer Morrison Nominated Once Upon a Time
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock shared with: Jennifer Morrison Won Once Upon a Time

See also

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Colin O'Donoghue.


  1. Staff (24 January 2011). "Alice Braga & Colin O'Donoghue Talk Devils, Exorcisms & Sir Anthony Hopkins – Alice Braga & Colin O'Donoghue Interview on The Rite, a New Horror Movie from Director Mikael Håfström and Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins". Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 O'Doherty, Cahir (19 January 2011). "Colin O'Donoghue's 'Rite' of Passage". IrishCentral. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. Dominguez, Robert (26 January 2011). "Filmed on Location: Colin O'Donoghue of 'The Rite'". Daily News. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  4. 1 2 "Official Website of Colin O'Donoghue". Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  5. Profile,; accessed 8 September 2015.
  6. Profile,; accessed 8 September 2015.
  7. music video,; accessed 6 November 2015.
  8. "The Enemies – EP by The Enemies". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  9. "Pop | Rock | Band | Group | Drogheda". The Enemies Music. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  11. Entertainment. "The Enemies making friends around the globe". Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  12. Twitter
  13. Twitter
  14. 1 2 Staff. "Winners of the 1st Annual Irish Film & Television Awards",; retrieved 1 February 2012.
  15. "Colin O'Donoghue Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  16. Campos, Adelina (23 June 2013). "Irish star Colin O'Donoghue talks about his Captain Hook role in TV drama series Once Upon A Time". Irish Mirror.
  17. Crystal Bell. "Once Upon a Time's Colin O'Donoghue Welcomes a Son: 'So Proud to Be a Father!'",, 5 August 2013.
  18. Molony, Julia (9 September 2013). "SUCH a wicked right hook". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  19. Wass, Mike (26 January 2015). "Christina Perri's "The Words" Video Is A Fairytale (Of Sorts) Starring 'Once Upon A Time' Actor Colin O'Donoghue: Watch". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  20. Christina Perri (25 January 2015). "Christina Perri - The Words [Official Video]". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  21. "Biography". Retrieved 22 March 2014.

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