Chris O’Dowd stars in GET SHORTY as “Miles Daly,” who no longer wants to work as muscle for a murderous Nevada crime ring. Originally from Ireland, he’s street smart and dryly funny, but capable of introspection. He’s done some bad things, in his day, and he’s not proud of it. For the sake of his daughter, and to win back his wife, he decides to change professions. When his boss sends him to track down a deadbeat gambler in Los Angeles, Miles finds himself drawn to the world of entertainment. Turns out, his brand of hustle works well in LA; but it’s not easy to shake his criminal side.
Chris O’Dowd has built an international reputation as a versatile film and television actor, winning awards, critical acclaim and huge audience popularity in equal measure.
Over the past few years Chris has carved out an impressive movie career; including two critically acclaimed Oscar®-nominated films; Molly’s Game, directed by Aaron Sorkin, and Loving Vincent, an oil painted animated film about a young man who travels to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
His most recent project, Juliet, Naked, is produced by Judd Apatow and stars Chris opposite Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival garnering both audience and critical acclaim and will be released 2018. This summer, Chris lends his voice to the famed role of Tigger in the much-anticipated Disney film Christopher Robin and co-stars in the sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox; the story of a space station crew who must fight for survival after a scientific experiment backfires leaving the astronauts isolated. The film is currently on Netflix.
Other recent notable films include starring roles in The incredible Jessica James and Mascots; both for Netflix; Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children; The Program, Stephen Frear’s movie based on a book by Irish journalist David Walsh, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, in which Chris plays Walsh; and Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires in which Chris starred as Dave, the manager of Australian aboriginal singing group The Sapphires as they entertained US troops in Vietnam. The film broke Australian box office records, garnered Chris the AACTA Award for “Best Lead Actor,” and a nomination for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award. Chris was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and won the Irish Film & TV Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Film” for his role as Rhodes in the hit movie Bridesmaids. Produced by Judd Apatow the film received two Oscar® nominations and was recognized by AFI as “Movie of the Year” as well as being a huge box office success, making almost 300 million dollars worldwide.
Other movie credits include Judd Apatow’s This is 40, Friends with Kids, Dinner For Schmucks, Gulliver’s Travels, Fox, The Boat That Rocked, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Calvary, St. Vincent, Marvel Production’s Thor: The Dark World, Cuban Fury and Festival for which he received a BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Actor in a Scottish Film.” He also lent his voice to Chris Wedge’s animated blockbuster Epic alongside Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Sudeikis.
Chris first came to the British public’s attention starring as Roy in Channel 4’s cult comedy series The IT Crowd. He’s been a regular on the small screen ever since; from the critically acclaimed BBC series Crimson Petal and the White in which he starred as William Wrackham, to writing, producing, directing and starring in Sky’s Moone Boy, his acclaimed semi-autobiographical sitcom that finds him returning to his Irish childhood in 1990s Boyle. The show, in which he plays Sean Murphy, the imaginary friend of young boy Martin Moone, won an International Emmy for “Best Comedy,” was nominated for “Best New Comedy Programme” at The British Comedy Awards and won the IFTA for “Best Entertainment Programme” that same year.
In 2013 Chris played the leading role of Tom Chadwick in Christopher Guest’s Family Tree for HBO and BBC2. He also starred in Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls for two seasons and his voice can be heard narrating the animated Puffin Rock.
In 2014 he added Broadway to his list of successes. His performance as Lennie in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco earned him a Tony nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role”; a Drama Desk Nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Play and Theatre” and a World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance.” His demand as a screen actor means his last stage appearance was back in 2008 in the West End starring opposite Catherine Tate and Francesa Anis in Anna Mackmin’s Under the Blue Sky at the Duke of York Theatre.
Chris is from Roscommon, Ireland. He studied politics at Dublin University before training at LAMDA.