Jack O'Connell (born August 1, 1990) is an English actor. Born and raised in Derby, he trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in nearby Nottingham, which led to roles in film, television, and theatre. His film debut as a teenaged skinhead, in the coming-of-age drama This Is England (2006), heralded his propensity for playing angry, troubled youth. O'Connell first found fame as the hard-living James Cook on the E4 teen series Skins (2009–2010), which was followed by other lead roles in the television dramas Dive (2010) and United (2011). His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up (2013) and '71 (2014). O'Connell subsequently starred as war hero Louis Zamperini in his first major Hollywood picture, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken (2014), for which he received the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In 2016, he co-starred with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Money Monster, a film directed by Jodie Foster. In 2017 he starred alongside Michelle Dockery and Jeff Daniels as outlaw Roy Goode on the Netflix western limited series Godless.
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