Best known for his role of Dougal in cult Irish TV show, 'Father Ted,' comedian Ardal O'Hanlon was born in Carrickmacross, Ireland, where he grew up the third of six children. with his mother and father who was an Irish MP and deputy speaker of the Irish Parliament. He loves soccer and is an avid Leeds United supporter.
Having finished at Dublin University where he studied communications Ardal and friends established Ireland’s first alternative comedy club - The Comedy Cellar in 1988.
In 1994, he won the title of Comedy Newcomer of the Year and was soon spotted by the makers of Father Ted.
His role as Dougal Maguire led to him to winning 'Top TV Comedy Newcomer’ at the British Comedy Awards the following year and the BAFTA for Best Comedy Actor in 1999, among others.
He also has written a novel called "The Talk Of The Town" which was published in America under the title "Knick Knack Paddy Whack." Its sequel was called "Ragweed."
He is now married with two children.