Jack O'Connell is a Actor and Director British born on 1 august 1990
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Birth name Jack O'ConnellNationality United-kingdomBirth 1 august 1990
Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 1990) is an English actor. Born and raised in Derby, he trained in acting at the Television Workshop, which led to his film debut in the coming-of-age drama This Is England (2006).
O'Connell is largely known for playing angry, troubled youth. He first found fame as the hard-living James Cook on the E4 teen series Skins (2009–10), followed by other lead roles in the television dramas Dive (2010) and United (2011). His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up (2013) and '71 (2014), and starred as war hero Louis Zamperini in his first major Hollywood picture, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken (2014). O'Connell subsequently won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
After his father died, when O'Connell was 18, he coped in part by engaging in self-destructive behavior, later commenting, "I didn't stop partying for like seven years." While living in Bristol during his 2009–10 run on Skins, O'Connell acquired a reputation in the tabloid media as a "party boy," a "bad boy," and a "bit of rough," regularly giving interviews while hung over. His childhood nickname "Jack the Lad"—meaning "a conspicuously self-assured, carefree, brash young man"—is tattooed on his arm. His troubled youth has influenced his work, resulting in him playing mainly delinquents for the first decade of his career, while his juvenile criminal record initially prevented him from being cast in Hollywood productions as he was unable to obtain a U.S. visa. By age 24, O'Connell had largely changed his lifestyle, saying, "I'm not trying to have the most fun I've ever had ever, anymore. That used to be the mentality every time I left the house." He has credited Angelina Jolie, who directed him in the 2014 drama Unbroken, with influencing his outlook, describing working with her as an intervention in his life.
O'Connell has resided in east London since 2014.