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 TV series The Durrells. He is also appearing as Marius in BBC One's miniseries of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables.
O'Connor at the 2015 Odessa International Film Festival
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
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. His ancestry is Irish, English, Scottish and, through his matrilineal great-grandmother, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish.
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.
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.
|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||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 |
|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|
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- Herman, James Patrick. "Verge List: Sundance 2017 – Josh O'Connor". Verge. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- Sandwell, Ian. "Josh O'Connor, Stars of Tomorrow 2016". Screendaily. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- "Shudder Films' First Completed Feature Selected for Premiere at Sundance ‹ News and Opportunities ‹ Homepage". NFM. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- "Variety". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Kermode, Mark (July 14, 2019) The Observer, 'a perfectly realised story of love and longing'