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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,[1] and for his portrayal of Lawrence Durrell in the ITV TV series The Durrells. He is also appearing as Marius in BBC One's miniseries of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables.

Josh O'Connor
Josh O'Connor at the 6th Odessa International Film Festival.jpg
Born (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 29)
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active2012–present

Early lifeEdit

O'Connor was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He is a grandson of the British sculptor, John Bunting, and a descendant of the Bunting Tea dynasty. His maternal aunt is British writer and commentator Madeleine Bunting.[2] His ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish and, through his matrilineal great-grandmother, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish.[3]

He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and graduated in 2011.[4] O'Connor is a Southampton FC supporter.

Acting careerEdit

In 2012, O'Connor appeared in Lewis. In 2015, he played Rich in the biographical drama film The Program, directed by Stephen Frears. The following year, he took over the role of Donaghy in Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

Since 2016, he has played the role of Lawrence ("Larry") Durrell in the ITV comedy-drama The Durrells.

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.[5] For his performance, he received a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.[1]

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.

In July 2018, he was added to the cast of international Netflix series The Crown to portray Prince Charles in seasons 3 and 4.[6]

O'Connor starred alongside Laia Costa in Harry Wootliff's critically acclaimed directorial debut Only You[7], which premiered in competition at The London Film Festival on 19th October 2018.


Title Year Role Notes
Michael Myers in Love 2011 None Composer
Short film
The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead 2012 Zombie
The Magnificent Eleven 2013 Andy
Hide and Seek 2014 Max
The Riot Club 2014 Ed
Bridgend 2015 Jamie
Cinderella 2015 Ballroom Palace Guard
Holding on for a Good Time 2015 Charlie Short film
The Program 2015 Rich
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Donaghy
Best Man 2016 Donald Short film
God's Own Country 2017 Johnny Saxby British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Stockholm International Film Festival for Best Male Actor
Nominated— BAFTA Award for Rising Star
Nominated— Evening Standard British Film Awards for Breakthrough of the Year
Nominated— London Film Critics' Circle Award for British/Irish Actor of the Year
The Colour of His Hair 2017 Peter Short film
Documentary film
Only You 2018 Jake
Hope Gap 2019 Connor
Emma   2020 Mr. Elton Post-production


Title Year Role Notes
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 Season 1, episode 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 14 episodes
Les Misérables 2019 Marius Pontmercy 3 episodes
The Crown 2019–20 Prince Charles Seasons 3 & 4


  1. ^ a b "Nominations – Awards 2017". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Herman, James Patrick. "Verge List: Sundance 2017 – Josh O'Connor". Verge. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Sandwell, Ian. "Josh O'Connor, Stars of Tomorrow 2016". Screendaily. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Shudder Films' First Completed Feature Selected for Premiere at Sundance ‹ News and Opportunities ‹ Homepage". NFM. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Variety". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ Kermode, Mark (July 14, 2019) The Observer, 'a perfectly realised story of love and longing'

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