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 a hugely successful movie career. Chris most recently appeared in Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. He also can be seen in Netflix’s MASCOTS, Christopher Guest’s most recent mockumentary, starring opposite Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey and Jane Lynch.
Previously Chris starred in THE PROGRAM, Stephen Frear’s movie based on the book by Irish journalist David Walsh, “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,” in which Chris played David Walsh. THE PROGRAM premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. In Wayne Blair’s THE SAPPHIRES, 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 received several awards and nominations for ‘Best Feature’. He was nominated for BAFTAs Rising Star Award in 2012.
Chris was also 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 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.
Chris’ other movie credits include Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 opposite Paul Rudd; Jennifer Westfelt’s FRIENDS WITH KIDS alongside John Hamm and Kristen Wiig; Jay Roache’s DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell; Rob Letterman’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS with Jack Black and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis’ FOX, THE BOAT THAT ROCKED opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Gareth Carrivick’s FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL opposite Anna Faris.
Chris also starred in FESTIVAL which was nominated for two BAFTAs including ‘Best British Film’ and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for ‘Best Actor in a Scottish Film’; John Michael McDonagh’s CALVARY opposite Brendan Gleeson; ST. VINCENT, opposite Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy; Marvel Production’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD and James Griffiths’ CUBAN FURY opposite Nick Frost and Rashida Jones. 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 semiautobiographical 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 Emmy for ‘Best Comedy’ in 2013, it was also nominated for ‘Best New Comedy Programme’ at The British Comedy Awards and won the IFTA for ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ in the same year. In 2014 MOONE BOY won the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom, earned the IFTA for the second consecutive year and in 2015 followed up these with a nomination for ‘Best Sitcom Comedy’ at the BAFTA’s. The series premiered on Sky One in the UK and Hulu in the U.S. In 2013 Chris played the leading role of ‘Tom Chadwick’ in Christopher Guest’s FAMILY TREE, which aired on HBO in the US and BBC2 in the UK. Chris also starred in Lena Dunham’s HBO series, GIRLS for
two seasons and his voice can be heard narrating the animated PUFFIN ROCK. He is currently shooting the small-screen series adaptation of GET SHORTY for Epix, opposite Ray Romano.
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.