Josh O'Connor (born 20 May 1990) is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of Johnny Saxby in the 2017 film God's Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, and for his portrayal of Lawrence Durrell in the ITV series The Durrells. He also appeared as Marius in BBC One's miniseries of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, and portrayed Prince Charles in seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix drama The Crown. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his role of Prince Charles.
O'Connor at the 2015 Odessa International Film Festival
|Born||20 May 1990|
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Relatives||John Bunting (grandfather)|
Madeleine Bunting (aunt)
Early and personal lifeEdit
Born the middle son in a family of three boys, his older brother is an artist and his younger brother Seb is an ecological economist. O'Connor was brought up in Cheltenham, England. He is a grandson of the British sculptor John Bunting. His maternal aunt is British writer and commentator Madeleine Bunting. His ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish and, through his matrilineal great-grandmother, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish.
He attended St Edwards School Cheltenham and then trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, from which he graduated in 2011. O'Connor is a Southampton FC supporter. He is dating Margot Hauer-King, an accounts manager and sister of actor Jonah Hauer-King.
In 2012, O'Connor appeared in Lewis. In 2015, he played Rich in the biographical drama film The Program about the cyclist Lance Armstrong, directed by Stephen Frears. The following year, he took over the role of Donaghy in Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.
In 2017, he starred as Johnny Saxby in the British drama film God's Own Country, directed by Francis Lee. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 23 January 2017. For his performance, he received a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.
On the stage, he has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Shoemaker's Holiday and Oppenheimer, at the Donmar Warehouse in Versailles and at Southwark Playhouse in Farragut North.
O'Connor starred alongside Laia Costa in Harry Wootliff's critically acclaimed directorial debut Only You, which premiered in competition at The London Film Festival on 19 October 2018. For his performance, he received his second British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.
|Michael Myers in Love||2011||None||Composer|
|The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead||2012||Zombie|
|The Magnificent Eleven||2013||Andy|
|Hide and Seek||2014||Max|
|The Riot Club||2014||Ed|
|Cinderella||2015||Ballroom Palace Guard|
|Holding on for a Good Time||2015||Charlie||Short film|
|Florence Foster Jenkins||2016||Donaghy|
|Best Man||2016||Donald||Short film|
|God's Own Country||2017||Johnny Saxby|
|The Colour of His Hair||2017||Peter||Short film |
|Mothering Sunday||TBA||Paul Sheringham||Post-production|
|Lewis||2012||Charlie Stephenson||Episode: "Generation of Vipers"|
|Doctor Who||2013||Piotr||Episode: "Cold War"|
|Law & Order: UK||2013||Rob Fellows||Episode: "Dependent"|
|The Wipers Times||2013||Dodd||Television film|
|London Irish||2013||James||Episode: "1.2"|
|Peaky Blinders||2014||James||3 episodes|
|Ripper Street||2014||PC Bobby Grace||8 episodes|
|Father Brown||2015||Leo Beresford||Episode: "The Curse of Amenhotep"|
|The Durrells||2016–19||Lawrence Durrell||26 episodes|
|Les Misérables||2019||Marius Pontmercy||3 episodes|
|The Crown||2019–20||Prince Charles||Main role, Seasons 3 & 4|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2017||LesGaiCineMad||Best Actor||God's Own Country||Won|
|Stockholm Film Festival||Best Actor||Won|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2018||London Film Critics Circle Awards||British/Irish Actor of the Year||Nominated|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Breakthrough of the Year||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||God's Own Country||Won|
|British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star Award||Himself||Nominated|
|Faroe Islands International Film Festival Golden Carp Film Awards||Favorite Actor – International||God's Own Country||Nominated|
|2019||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Only You||Won|
|2020||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series||The Crown||Won|
|2020||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
- Herman, James Patrick. "Verge List: Sundance 2017 – Josh O'Connor". Verge. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- Bunting, Madeleine (2016). Love of Country: A Journey Through the Hebrides. Granta Books. p. 16. ISBN 978-1847085177.
- Sandwell, Ian. "Josh O'Connor, Stars of Tomorrow 2016". Screendaily. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- Jocelyn Silver (13 November 2019). "The Little Mermaid Remake Finally Has Its Prince Eric". W Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- Tom Lamont (28 November 2019). "Josh O'Connor: 'I had to advocate for Prince Charles on set. He's always told: shut up'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "Shudder Films' First Completed Feature Selected for Premiere at Sundance ‹ News and Opportunities ‹ Homepage". NFM. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- "God's Own Country · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- Clarke, Stewart (26 July 2018). "'The Crown': Josh O'Connor to Play Prince Charles, Marion Bailey the Queen Mother". Variety. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- Kermode, Mark (14 July 2019). "Only You review – a perfectly realised story of love and longing". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Only You · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
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