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Sean Maguire (born 18 April 1976 in Ilford, London) is an English actor and singer, who rose to fame in 1988 when at the age of eleven he took on the role of "Tegs" Ratcliffe on the BBC children's drama Grange Hill, in which he remained until 1992. For a short time after leaving Grange Hill, he played Aidan Brosnan in EastEnders.

Sean Maguire
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Maguire at 2017 Phoenix ComiCon
Sean Maguire

(1976-04-18) 18 April 1976 (age 43)
Ilford, London, England
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1981–present
Tanya Flynn (m. 2012)

Maguire has appeared in several feature films and had moderate success as a singer.[1] He is known in the US for his roles as Donovan Brink on the UPN sitcom Eve, and as Kyle Lendo in the CBS sitcom The Class. Maguire appeared in the second series of Scott & Bailey as P.C. Sean McCartney. He previously played Robin Hood in ABC's Once Upon a Time, having taken over the role from Tom Ellis.[2][3]



Maguire's first role was at the age of five, opposite Laurence Olivier in A Voyage Round My Father. At age seven, he played one of the many children in the "Every Sperm is Sacred" musical number in the 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.[4] In 1993, Maguire joined the cast of the British soap opera EastEnders playing Aidan Brosnan, a young Irish footballer playing for fictional side Walford F.C. In 1994, he left the show to take a starring role in the BBC drama series Dangerfield, playing Marty Dangerfield. He has also appeared in Holby City and Sunburn. In 1995, Maguire was voted "3rd person you'd most like to see get messy" by CBBC viewers and famously received a custard pie in his face from presenter Chris Jarvis dressed as "The Anorak."

Maguire then pursued a career in music, releasing three albums: his self-titled debut album in 1994, Spirit in 1996, and Greatest Hits in 1998. Maguire's biggest hit was Good Day, which reached number 12 in May 1996. During this time, Maguire appeared on the Childliners record The Gift of Christmas with acts such as the Backstreet Boys, E.Y.C., MN8, Deuce, Ultimate Kaos, Let Loose, East 17, Peter Andre, Michelle Gayle, Dannii Minogue and many more. Maguire announced his retirement from the music industry during his final performance at Maesteg Town Hall, part of his 'Chick N Bay 9T5 4EVA' tour . Not content with acting on TV, he has branched out into films. In the early 1990s, he appeared in Waterland opposite Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons and has also allegedly been credited as having a part in A Kiss Before Dying, but his part ended up on the cutting room floor.

In 2001, Maguire played the title role in the TV-film Prince Charming opposite Bernadette Peters, Christina Applegate and Billy Connolly – with Martin Short as his assistant, Rodney. In 2005, he also made The Third Wish – which co-starred actors Jenna Mattison, Armand Assante, Betty White and James Avery. Maguire also appeared as "Euan" in the defunct WB Network sitcom Off Centre with Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jason George.

Maguire played one of the main characters, Donovan Brink, on the television series Eve. He starred in the CBS sitcom The Class, playing gay character Kyle Lendo, but the show was cancelled in May 2007. He completed filming in 2006–07 for a US comedy film LA Blues playing a character called Jack Davis.

Maguire's film Meet the Spartans went to No. 1 in the US box office chart in 2008, although the film was panned by critics, and was voted second worst film of 2008 by The Times newspaper, and he starred in Mr Eleven on ITV1 in autumn 2008. Maguire also signed on to a guest spot in Cupid for ABC portraying an Irish musician.

Maguire played the lead role in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comedy fantasy series in which he plays a "sensitive, but clueless freedom fighter".[5][6] The show premiered in the US on Comedy Central on 9 April 2009, in Canada on Citytv on 8 June, and in the UK on BBC Two on 11 June.

Maguire at the 2015 Paradise City Comic Con

Maguire auditioned for the role of Sasha in the 2011 cult classic Knives with the role eventually being given to Kiryl Mihailovich Smaliakou.

In the third season of ABC's Once Upon a Time, Maguire joined the show as Robin Hood, taking over the role from Tom Ellis. After recurring for two seasons, he was promoted to a series regular in June 2015, right before the start of the show's fifth season.[3][7] Maguire exited the main cast in 2016 after his character's death, though he returned in the second half of the sixth season for five episodes as an alternate version of Robin Hood.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Maguire is one of four sons and six siblings from the famous Irish dance family. His parents run the well-known Maguire - O'Shea school. Maguire himself danced competitively as a child. Maguire married police detective Tanya Flynn on 19 October 2012.[9] They held a second wedding on 30 December 2014.[10] The couple's first child, son Flynn Patrick, was born on 14 July 2015.[11] Their second son, Leo James, was born on 16 December 2017.[12]



Year Film Role Notes
1982 A Voyage Round My Father Uncredited
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Children Uncredited
1992 Waterland Peter
2000 Out of Depth Paul Nixon
2005 The Third Wish Brandon
2007 The Dukes Dave
L.A. Blues Jack Davis
2008 Meet the Spartans Leonidas
2012 Songs for Amy Sean O'Malley[13]
2015 The Red Dress James


Year Show Role Notes
1988–92 Grange Hill Terence 'Tegs' Ratcliffe Series regular
1991 Dodgem Simon Leighton 6-part series
1992 Growing Pains Jason Begley
1993 The Bill Episode: "A Better Life"
EastEnders Aidan Brosnan Series regular
1995 Dangerfield Marty Dangerfield Series 1 & 2
1997 Dear Nobody Chris Marshall
A Man of Letters Alan
1999 Holby City Darren Ingram Episodes: "Staying Alive (Parts 1 & 2)"
2000 Sunburn Lee Wilson Series 2
Urban Gothic Jude Redfield Episode: "Thirteen"
2001 Prince Charming Prince 'Charming' John TV film
2001–02 Off Centre Euan Pierce Series regular
2003–06 Eve Donovan Brink Series regular
2006–07 The Class Kyle Lendo Series regular
2009 Cupid Dave Episode: "Pilot"
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Kröd Mändoon 6-part series
Mister Eleven Dan[14] 2-part series
2010 Cold Case Phil Episode: "Two Weddings"
CSI: NY Alex Brodevesky Episode: "The 34th Floor"
Undercovers Clive Episode: "Xerxes"
2011 Bedlam Sean 3 episodes
Lovelifes Blake
71 Degrees North Himself
Death in Paradise Marlon Collins 1 episode
2012–13 Scott & Bailey PC Sean McCartney Series 2–3
2013 Criminal Minds Thane Parks Episodes: "Brothers Hotchner" & "The Replicator"
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Robin Hood Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2013–18 Once Upon a Time Robin Hood Recurring role (Season 3–4, 6); series regular (Season 5); guest (Season 7); 55 episodes
2014 The 7.39 Ryan Cole 2-part series
2016 Timeless Ian Fleming[15] Episode: "Party at Castle Varlar"
2019 The 100 Mr. Lightbourne Episode: "6.2"



Year Information UK Album Chart[16]
1994 Sean Maguire
  • Debut studio album
  • Released: 26 November 1994
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
1996 Spirit
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 3 June 1996
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
1998 Greatest Hits
  • Compilation album
  • Released: 18 June 1998
  • Formats: CD, Cassette


Year Single UK Singles Chart[16] Album
1994 "Someone to Love"
Sean Maguire
"Take This Time"
1995 "Suddenly"
"Now I've Found You"
"You to Me Are Everything"
1996 "Good Day"
"Don't Pull Your Love"
1997 "Today's the Day"
Non-album single

Stage workEdit


  1. ^ Rick, Fulton (15 November 2001). "I WAS FLOP AT POP; Sean Maguire tells how singing almost cost him everything". Daily Record.
  2. ^ "Sean Maguire replaces Tom Ellis Robin Hood on 'Once Upon a Time'". Page to Premiere. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Once Upon a Time promotes Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader to series regulars". Entertainment Weekly. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 11 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "What Is 'Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire'? Sean Maguire Explains. - Xfinity TV Blog". 8 April 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Funny TV Shows & Comedy Television Series". Comedy Central. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' victim breaks silence on shocking death". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (27 September 2016). "Once Upon a Time: Sean Maguire returning as Robin Hood — exclusive". TV Line.
  9. ^ Tanya Maguire [@TANYAJFLYNN] (19 October 2014). "Happy anniversary @sean_m_maguire if I had my life 2live ova again nxt time I wld find u sooner so I cld <3 u longer" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 September 2016 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Sean Maguire re-marries wife Tanya Flynn in fairytale winter wedding". Hello!Magazine. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  11. ^ Nessif, Bruna (14 July 2015). "Once Upon a Time Star Sean Maguire and Wife Tanya Welcome Their First Child—Get the Exclusive Details!". E! Online. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  12. ^ Stanton, Elizabeth (17 December 2017). "'Once Upon a Time' Star Sean Maguire Welcomes Baby No. 2! (Exclusive)". ET. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Interview with Sean Maguire – 'Songs For Amy'". No More Workhorse. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  14. ^ Warman, Matt (4 December 2009). "Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire on Mister Eleven". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  15. ^ "'Timeless' casts 'Once Upon a Time' star as James Bond author Ian Fleming". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  16. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 344. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7.


  • James, Bethan (2012) Someone To Love? (3rd ed). Bridgend: MadMike Publishers UK. p. 69

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