Chris who hails from Roscommon, Ireland; is set to become one of the nationals iconic symbols in the United Kingdom but not as a Casanova, but instead a geek thanks to the show The It Crowd. He recently won a B.A.F.T.A award, and he was given the part…more
Chris O'Dowd appeared at the Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball '08, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The TV shows are he thinks are funniest are Summer Heights High and Peep Show.
Two of Chris's favourite TV shows are The Wire and Mad Men.
Although Chris was born and brought up in Boyle in Ireland, he currently (as of 2009) lives in Chalk Farm, north London.
Chris says that he got landsick when filming the movie The Boat That Rocked.
In 2002 he appeared in a TV commercial for Daz Washing Powder.
He plays the role of Simon in the film The Boat That Rocked.
In July 2008 he appeared in the play Under The Blue Sky by David Eldridge at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.
Chris has appeared on panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Season 21 Episode 11) on 31st January, 2008.
Chris was nominated in 2005 for an I.F.T.A. Award for best supporting actor in the Irish television drama The Clinic.
Chris originally planed to become a speechwriter, but ended as an actor after he accompanied a friend to an audition but at the end was Chris who got the part instead of his friend.
Chris based his character of The It Crowd Roy, on his brother-in-law.
Chris studied Politics at University College, Dublin.
Chris knew Katherine Parkinson, fellow co-star from The It Crowd from their days at L.A.M.D.A. (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).
When Chris was younger he worked as an impersonator of singer and Live Aid creator, Bob Geldof.
Chris is friend with fellow actor and co-star of The It Crowd, Richard Ayoade.
Chris convinced the creator of The It Crowd, Graham Linehan, to write his character as Irish instead of British.
Chris collects Yorkie chocolate bar wrappers; Chris claims to have over a thousand.
Chris played for the National Irish Tennis team.
Chris was a contributor for the University College Dublin's newspaper, named The University Observer.
Chris interviewed Graham Linehan, the creator of the sitcom The It Crowd, for Mongrel Magazine.
Chris was an active member during his college years of The Literary and Historical Society of the University College Dublin.
After Chris finished his studies in the University College Dublin, he later moved to continue his education in The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Chris was nominated in 2007 in the Irish Film Television Awards (I.F.T.A.) for his supporting role in the TV movie Showbands 2.
Chris won a B.A.F.T.A. for Best Actor in a Scottish Film in 2005.
Chris: (about a job he would rather forget about) An advert for Pizza Hut. I had just one line, but I'd been on the piss the previous night and I needed 43 takes at it.
Chris: (about the film The Boat That Rocked) The ship we use in the film is a rescue ship and it had a morgue on the lower decks. Myself and Rhys Ifans were the first people on board and we decided to play a little joke on the girls. I decided to hide under a sheet in the morgue and hurl myself at them. Incredible that it worked, the man under a sheet joke is so twenties!
Chris: (on how he got his first acting gig) I'd started skipping classes at drama school and had been sent up to the principal's office. While I was waiting, a fax came through from a casting director looking for young Irish actors. I nicked the fax, called and ended up booking the job.
Chris: (about being at drama school with Katherine Parkinson) We were two of the worst students. Neither of us actually finished; both of us kind of got a mixture of thrown-out and left-of-our-own-volition.
Chris: (about being single) I've cast myself as a loser for quite a while now. I'm a bit perturbed by how easy that seems to come to me!
Chris: To research the role for FM, I watched Chris Moyles and Chris Evans at work, but for The Boat That Rocked I listened to hours of Radio Caroline sets on YouTube. Mainly Tony Blackburn, who was so funny.
Chris: I found out that my great grandfather, a travelling salesman with a wife and family in Cork, had another, illegitimate family in Birmingham. My dad thinks that from that family was spawned George O'Dowd, better known as Boy George. It's not a common name.
Chris: Why did I vomit? I couldn't face the bloody earth anymore! The North Sea is my home now!