Chris O’Dowd is currently making his Broadway debut starring as Lennie in the Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.|
Chris O’Dowd's theatre credits include the sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and the Royal Court production of Under the Blue Sky.
O’Dowd was most recently seen in Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires, starring as Dave, the manager of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship, and war when their singing group “The Sapphires” entertains the US troops in Vietnam. The film, already released in Australia breaking box office records, garnered Chris the AACTA Award (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for “Best Lead Actor” and The Sapphires won the award for “Best Film.”
O’Dowd is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids opposite Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. For his role in the film, Chris was nominated for a BAFTA “Rising Star Award,” a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” and won the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Film.” His other upcoming features include John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary opposite Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson and James Griffiths’ Cuban Fur opposite Rashida Jones and Ian McShane.
He also stars in the HBO/BBC series Family Tree which was created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. Chris wrote and produced a TV series based on his childhood titled Moone Boy. The series revolves around a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky, small-town Irish family in the 1980s. The series was recognized by the Irish Film and Television Awards as “Best Entertainment Programme” and Chris was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor – TV” and “Best Script Drama.” Moone Boy has been picked up for a third season and in addition to writing and producing, Chris will direct all the upcoming episodes.
O’Dowd was recently seen starring in Lena Dunham’s HBO series, Girls and Judd Apatow’s This is 40. His other film credits include Thor 2 opposite Natalie Portman; Chris Wedge’s animated film Epic opposite Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Seyfried, and Aziz Ansari; Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids opposite Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carell; Rob Letterman’s Gullivers Travels starring opposite Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis’ FOX, The Boat that Rocked opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and Gareth Carrivick’s Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel opposite Anna Faris. He also starred in Festiva which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards including “Best British Film,” and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Actor in a Scottish Film.”
O’Dowd’s other television credits include starring in the cult comedy series, The It Crowd for Channel 4 Television and the critically acclaimed series Crimson Petal & The White, a four part adaptation of Michael Faber’s best-selling novel directed by Marc Munden for BBC. He is well known in Ireland for having starred in the popular RTÉ One drama The Clinic, which earned him a nomination for an Irish Film & Television Award in 2003.