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Kieran O'Brien

O'Brien grew up in nearby Royton and was educated at the Bishop Henshaw Roman Catholic Memorial High School in Rochdale. He began acting at an early age and was the star of a BBC TV series Gruey by the time he was 15. He also featured in several other series at the time in one-off or recurring roles. In 1993, he played the role of Craig Lee in Coronation Street and then the role of Lee Jones in Children's Ward. In 1993 he also became a regular in the detective series, Cracker, playing Mark, the son of central character Robbie Coltrane. In 1999 he made his cinema debut with the film Virtual Sexuality and began a reunited with Cracker director Michael Winterbottom for 24 Hour Party People in 2002 and, in '04, for the controversial 9 Songs, which included scenes of genuine sexual intercourse between O'Brien and his leading lady Margo Stilley. His role had earned him the credit of being the only mainstream British actor who has been shown ejaculating in a mainstream UK-produced feature. Since 9 Songs, O'Brien has made two further films with Winterbottom; A Cock and Bull Story and The Look of Love. Recent regular TV roles include Holby Blue and The Syndicate.

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Jan 23, 1973 In Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Dramarama 1983-09-12
Latest Project:
Series Ted Lasso 2020-08-14
Known For
Poster of Holmes & Watson
Poster of Goal! II: Living the Dream
Poster of Cracker
Poster of Goal!
Series Ted Lasso James Tartt 2020-08-14
Series Chernobyl Khodemchuck 2019-05-06
Series Years and Years Woody 2019-05-14
Movie Peterloo Peter Wilkes, a Farrier 2018-11-01
Movie Holmes & Watson PC Smalls 2018-12-25
Series In the Dark DS Gary Kenny 2017-07-11
Movie The Watchman Lee Simpson 2016-08-24
Series Prey Phil Prentice 2014-04-28
Series Glue Thomas Bray 2014-09-15
Series Bluestone 42 Nutsack 2013-03-05
Movie The Look of Love Jimmy Humphries 2013-04-26
Movie Spike Island Poster Vendor 2012-10-11
Series Moving On Shane 2009-05-18
Movie The Shock Doctrine Narrator (Voice) 2009-09-01
Series The Last Enemy Wafa 2008-02-17
Movie Goal! II: Living the Dream Hughie McGowan 2007-02-09
Series Holby Blue Constable Robert Clifton 2007-05-08
Series Secret Diary of a Call Girl Unknown 2007-09-27
Series Indie Sex Himself 2007-08-01
Series Life on Mars Davie Mackay 2006-01-09
Movie Cracker Mark Fitzgerald 2006-10-30
Series Bloodlines Mark Hopkin 2005-01-31
Movie Goal! Hughie McGowan 2005-09-29
Movie A Cock and Bull Story Gary 2005-07-17
Movie 9 Songs Matt 2004-05-16
Series The Afternoon Play Sean Tyler 2003-01-27
Series Burn It Andy Grimshaw 2003-02-08
Series The Terry and Gaby Show Unknown 2003-06-02
Series New Tricks Unknown 2003-03-27
Movie 24 Hour Party People Nathan 2002-02-13
Series Messiah Eric Metcalfe 2001-05-26
Series Band of Brothers Pvt. Allen Vest 2001-09-09
Series Hearts and Bones Robbie Rose 2000-04-30
Series Jason and the Argonauts Actor 2000-05-07
Movie Virtual Sexuality Alex Thorne 1999-07-02
Movie Born to Run Ryan Flitch 1997-05-25
Series Dalziel and Pascoe Unknown 1996-03-16
Series Cracker Unknown 1993-09-27
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Movie Monster Maker Matt Banting 1989-01-23
Series Children's Ward Lee Jones 1989-03-15
Movie Bellman and True The Boy 1987-01-01
Series Casualty Billy 1986-09-06
Series Dramarama Unknown 1983-09-12