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Colin O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician known for his role as Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time, and his role as Michael Kovak in The Rite.

His early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

In 2003, O'Donoghue won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman in "Home For Christmas".

In 2009, O'Donoghue appeared as Duke Philip of Bavaria in an episode of season 3 of the Showtime historical-fiction series The Tudors. He made his Hollywood film debut alongside Anthony Hopkins in the horror thriller film The Rite (2011). O'Donoghue had made an audition video for The Rite in a friend's home studio in Drogheda and sent it to the United States. O'Donoghue also plays guitar and sings in a band called The Enemies, formed in 2003, in Ireland.

In 2012, O'Donoghue was cast as Captain Hook/Killian Jones in the second season of the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. His role started off as a supporting character, until it was announced that O'Donoghue would be billed as a series regular beginning with the second-half of the second season.

In 2014, O'Donoghue was cast in "The Dust Storm", an independent film set in the music city of Nashville as a musican named Brennan.

O'Donoghue is married to Helen O'Donoghue, a schoolteacher. He and his wife have a son, born in 2013. Despite his success outside of Ireland, O'Donoghue had not made plans to relocate to Los Angeles or Vancouver, Canada where he is shooting Once Upon A Time. He explained, "You don't know what circumstances are going to come up, so it's tough to make a decision like that and move somewhere for two or three years. . .Whatever happens, Drogheda will always be my home because it is where my friends and family are." Because his faith is important to him, when he's not on screen, O'Donoghue often wears a big, silver crucifix that his wife gave him.



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