|Date of Birth:||1 August 1990|
|Born:||Alvaston, Derby, England, UK|
|Years active:||2005 to present|
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.
|2011||Private Peaceful||Charlie Peaceful||Film|
|2011||The Somnambulists||Man 10||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)|
|2009–2010||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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