Patrick O'Kane

Patrick O'Kane is an Irish actor who was born in 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has been part of the companies of the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. He has appeared in London's West End and at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. In addition to his extensive stage work, O'Kane has appeared in movies and on television in many parts.

He won a Nesta Fellowship in 2005 and has released a book "Actor's Voices" a series of conversations with modern actors (Oberon Press 2012).

He has also been in season 2 of HBO series Game of Thrones, playing the new face of Jaqen H'ghar.

Early yearsEdit

He attended St Malachy's grammar school where he discovered a love of acting and then attended Manchester University, graduating with double honours in Drama and English. This was followed by training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Career overviewEdit

He has been part of the companies of the Royal National Theatre, where he appeared in The Playboy of the Western World and Peer Gynt, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played the title role in Macbeth. At the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, he gave an "eye-catching",[1] "triumphant"[2] performance in the title role of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus in 2010.

In London's West End, he has appeared in War Horse. He played John Proctor in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast's production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, opening the theatre's new performance space in April 2011 to rave reviews and receiving a nomination for best actor in the Irish Theatre Awards for his performance.[3]

In October 2011 O'Kane appeared to great acclaim in the lead role of "16 Possible Glimpses" at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.[4]

In May 2012, he appeared as J. Bruce Ismay in Owen McCafferty's Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) at the newly opened MAC art's venue in Belfast and will be performing in Owen McCafferty's play "Quietly" in the Abbey Theatre in October 2012.

In addition to his extensive stage work, O'Kane has appeared in movies and on television in many parts including 'Game of Thrones', seasons two and three of 'The Borgias', series nine of the popular BBC "New Tricks" and the upcoming BBC detective series "The Fall" set in Northern Ireland.

Doctor WhoEdit

In 2020, O'Kane had a significant guest role in the twelfth revived series of Doctor Who, appearing in three episodes as Ashad ("the Lone Cyberman"): The Haunting of Villa Diodati, Ascension of the Cybermen and The Timeless Children. This gave him the distinction of being the first actor to play one of the programme's long-running Cybermen opposite Jodie Whittaker's thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor.

O'Kane recalled the Cybermen from his childhood and was "delighted" with the role.[5] He reprised the role of Ashad in Whittaker's final episode, "The Power of the Doctor".

Work with Owen McCaffertyEdit

O'Kane has appeared in multiple plays written by Owen McCafferty, including Closing Time at the National Theatre in 2002,[6] Scenes from the Big Picture (playing a character who works in an abattoir rooted in the playwright's own experience) at the National Theatre Cottesloe in 2003,[7] and Shoot the Crow at the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester in 2003.[8] O'Kane and McCafferty grew up in the same Belfast village and attended the same youth club, though McCafferty was four years older. They both played Gaelic football for the local club. The two did not collaborate as theatrical professionals until McCafferty began writing Closing Time while on secondment at the National Theatre Studio.[9]

In 2013/14 he appeared in Quietly in Edinburgh and moved on to Ireland, Germany and London. This was a 3 people theatre production and he played one of the two people arguing over an incident that had happened years before. He was playing the character Jimmy.

Selected theatre performancesEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sunset Heights Friday Knight
1999 A Rap at the Door Cahal Millen
2000 When the Sky Falls Tall thin man
2003 Octane Trucker
2003 Stealing Rembrandt Nigel
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Bession
2009 Perkins' 14 Dwayne Hopper
2012 Good Vibrations Hatchet
2012 Game of Thrones Jaqen H'ghar
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hux's First Order Officer No. 1
2018 Female Human Animal Detective
2018 National Theatre Live: Macbeth Macduff
2020, 2022 Doctor Who Ashad / Lone Cyberman 4 episodes


  1. ^ Gardner, Lyn (14 September 2010). "Doctor Faustus". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ Jeffay, John. "Review: Dr Faustus; This devilish tale is the real deal". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ Coyle, Jane. "Belfast's Lyric Theatre opens doors to new talent". Irish Theatre Magazine. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  4. ^ "16 POSSIBLE GLIMPSES | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Machine Intelligence". Doctor Who Magazine #561. 4 February 2021. pp. 30–33. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (11 September 2002). "Closing Time". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  7. ^ Billington, Michael (12 April 2003). "Scenes From the Big Picture". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  8. ^ Billington, Michael (8 February 2003). "Shoot the Crow". London: Guardian UK. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Patrick O'Kane". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 30 March 2012.

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