Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 1990 in Alvaston, Derby) is an actor. He starred in This Is England as Pukey but did not return for This Is England '86 because of other acting work.


O'Connell made his acting debut in 2005 appearing in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors, along with four episodes as character Ross Trecot in The Bill. In 2006 O'Connell made his film debut in This Is England playing Pukey.

During 2007 O'Connell made several television appearances with minor roles in Waterloo Road, Holby City, and Wire in the Blood. He also starred in the play Scarborough at the Edinburgh Festival. He reprised his role in Scarborough the following year upon its transfer to the Royal Court Theatre, London. In October 2008, O'Connell starred in an educational DVD, Between You and Me, produced by Derbyshire Constabulary, in which his character Alfie Gilchrist encounters a range of issues including underage drinking, fake ID, peer pressure, and car theft. Youth Work Now magazine described his performance as "outstanding".

O'Connell appeared in the horror/thriller Eden Lake (2008) as the villain Brett, the ITV television serial of Wuthering Heights (2009), and as James Cook in the third/fourth series of the E4 Drama Skins, which premiered in January 2009/10.

O'Connell appears in the British crime thriller Harry Brown (2009) with Michael Caine, playing the role of Marky.

Subsequently, O'Connell featured in the music video of End Credits by UK Drum and Bass act Chase & Status, which was the official song released from the movie's soundtrack.

In July 2010, O'Connell starred along side Aisling Loftus in the BBC Two two-part drama Dive as the programme's lead male character, Robert, where a young teenage couple must come to terms with an unexpected pregnancy. His performance was described by The Observer reviewer Euan Ferguson as "a performance that is of an actor twice his years: mesmerising, comedic and soulful"

O'Connell won the best actor award at the 2010 TV Choice awards for his role as Skins character James Cook.

O'Connell was in a movie in early 2011 called Weekender.

In April 2011 he appeared as the young Sir Bobby Charlton in the BBC2 film "United", about the Busby Babes and the Munich air crash, which claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players in 1958.

He plays Eamonn in Sky's six-parter The Runaway, adapted from Martina Cole's novel, which started on 31 March 2011.

In March, he appeared in a short WWII film called 'Shelter' about British Paras behind enemy lines in the Oosterbeek Perimeter during Operation Market Garden.


Year Film Role Notes
2013 The Liability Adam Film
2011 Private Peaceful Charlie Peaceful Film
2012 Tower Block Kurtis Film
2011 The Somnambulists Man 10 Film
2011 Shelter Charlie Film (short)
2011 Weekender Dylan Film
2011 The Runaway Eamonn Docherty TV Drama based on novel by Martina Cole
2011 United Bobby Charlton TV Drama (Main Role)
2010 Dive Robert Wisley TV Drama (Main Role)
2009 Harry Brown Marky Film
2009–2010 Skins James Cook Series 3-4 (Main Role)
2009 Wuthering Heights Shepherd Lad TV Serial
2008 Eden Lake Brett Film (Main Role)
2007 Wire in the Blood Jack Norton Episode 05.01 ("The Names of Angels)
2007 Holby City Davey Hunt Episode 08.01 ("Trust")
2007 Waterloo Road Dale Baxter Episode 02.09
2006 This Is England Pukey Nicholls Film
2005 The Bill Ross Trescot Series 21, 4 episodes
2005 Doctors Connor Yates Episode 07.01 ("Like Father, Like Son")

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