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Jack O'Connell (born 1 August 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.
saying, "What I learnt aside from anything academic at school was probably very valuable lessons in terms of how to lie, how to play the game, how to play authority against itself." He took an interest in acting during the compulsory drama classes, and from age 13, he attended the free Television Workshop in Nottingham, where he trained in drama twice weekly.
O'Connell began attending auditions in London, where he sometimes slept outside, not being able to afford a hotel.
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 (2009–10), which was followed by other lead roles in the television dramas Dive (2010) and United (2011).
He eventually moved from Derby to Hounslow in west London, working as a farmhand in Cobham, Surrey, in between acting parts.
The New York Times writer John Freeman noted retrospectively, "If a British film called for a tough case, a grappler, someone with a bit of grit, chances were O'Connell got the part.
Sources told the Daily Mirror that distance was to blame for the split, saying, "He isn't able to travel to the U. Contostavlos tweeted a confirmation of the breakup to make it official.
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.
As a preposterously ramped up bad boy, Cook was almost like a baby Tyler Durden." His portrayal of a teenaged father in the BBC Two drama Dive (2010) earned him critical praise; Euan Ferguson of The Guardian described it as "a performance that is of an actor twice his years: mesmerising, comedic and soulful." Following his turn as a soldier in Private Peaceful (2012), an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, he co-starred as the apprentice of a hitman played by Tim Roth in The Liability (2012), both of which met with mixed critical reception.
His portrayal of a violent teenager incarcerated in the same prison as his father received widespread critical acclaim; Entertainment Weekly critic Chris Nashawaty wrote, "O'Connell bristles with terrifying hair-trigger unpredictability.