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CHRIS O'DOWD (Duncan) is a Tony Award-nominated actor who has built an international reputation as a versatile film and television performer. O'Dowd is well known for his co-starring role in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, opposite Kristen Wiig. He was nominated for BAFTA's Rising Star Award and a SAG Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), in addition to winning the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor: Film. In addition to an array of major award nominations, Bridesmaids earned almost $300 million worldwide.

O'Dowd currently stars opposite Ray Romano in the Epix series "Get Shorty," based on the Elmore Leonard novel and the feature film of the same name. His character, Miles Daly, tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind and win back his recently estranged family.

Previously, O'Dowd was seen in Jim Strouse's The Incredible Jessica James, opposite Jessica Williams; Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's Loving Vincent, alongside Saoirse Ronan; Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game, opposite Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner; Julius Onah's The Cloverfield Paradox, produced by J.J. Abrams; Wayne Blair's The Sapphires, which broke Australian box-office records and garnered O'Dowd the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor; Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent, with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy; Judd Apatow's This Is 40, alongside Paul Rudd; Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids, opposite Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig; Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks, with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell; Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman; and Annie Griffin's Festival, which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards (including Best British Film) and earned O'Dowd a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film. Additionally, he lent his voice to Chris Wedge's animated blockbuster Epic, which also featured Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Sudeikis.

O'Dowd's other film credits include Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love, Christopher Guest's Mascots, Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Stephen Frears' The Program, James Griffiths' Cuban Fury, John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World, Rob Letterman's Gulliver's Travels, Richard Curtis' Fox and Gareth Carrivick's Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel.

On television, O'Dowd is well known for his role in the cult comedy series "The IT Crowd." His other credits include Lena Dunham's "Girls," Christopher Guest's "Family Tree," and the BBC's "The Crimson Petal and the White." O'Dowd wrote, directed and starred in "Moone Boy," a semiautobiographical comedy based on his Irish childhood in the 1990s. The show won an International Emmy for Best Comedy, was nominated for Best New Comedy Programme at the British Comedy Awards and won the IFTA for Best Entertainment Programme. In its second season "Moone Boy" won the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom, earned an IFTA for the second consecutive year, and received a 2015 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Scripted Comedy.

On stage O'Dowd's performance as Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," opposite James Franco, earned him Tony and Drama Desk nominations, as well as a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance. He also starred in the director Anna Mackmin's revival of "Under the Blue Sky," opposite Catherine Tate at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End.

O'Dowd hails from Roscommon, Ireland. He studied politics at Dublin University before training at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.


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