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Colin O'Donoghue
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 26, 1981
Age: 40
Birthplace: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Nationality: Irish
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Eye Color: Bright Blue
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: local schools
The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Con O'Donoghue (father)
Mary O'Donoghue (mother)
Allen O'Donoghue (brother)
Ethan James O'Donoghue(son)
Millie O'Donoghue (daughter)
Relationships: Helen O'Donoghue (wife)
Series Information
Character: Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones / Rogers / Wish Verse Captain Hook / Lieutenant Killian Jones
First appearance: The Crocodile
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Colin O'Donoghue is an Irish actor and musician, best known for portraying Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time. He appeared in the 2011 horror thriller film The Rite (2011) as a skeptical novice priest, Michael Kovak.

View the Colin O'Donoghue Gallery.

Early Life and Education

O'Donoghue, the son of Con and Mary O'Donoghue, was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He attended local schools, and later The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. At age 17, he went to Paris for a month to learn French.


O'Donoghue's early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the UK. In 2003, he won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman in "Home For Christmas".

In 2009, he 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). He made an audition video for The Rite in a friend's home studio in Drogheda and sent it to the United States. He 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. In 2014, O'Donoghue was cast as the main character in "The Dust Storm", an independent film set in Nashville, Tennessee as a musician called "Brennan".

Christina Perri wrote a song, "The Words", which she dedicated to Colin's character (Captain Hook) in Once Upon a Time.

The Enemies

O'Donoghue was part of the five-piece Irish band, "The Enemies", which was formed in 2003 by O'Donoghue and a close friend, Ronan McQuillan. The Enemies released their self-titled debut EP on 7 March 2011 prior to their self-funded first album on track. He played guitar and sang backing vocals on the band's first EP and debut album.

Although the band was unsigned, it was commissioned by General Motors to record tracks for their "Chevy route 66" online campaign. The band worked on the music for Coca-Cola's "5BY20" project. Their debut album Sounds Big on the Radio was to be released in March 2013, which was later scheduled for 2014. In May 2013, he announced he was leaving the band due to the filming schedule of Once Upon a Time.


For his role in Home for Christmas, he was awarded Best New Talent at the 1st Irish Film & Television Awards, held on 1 November 2003.

Personal life

O'Donoghue married his wife Helen, a schoolteacher, in 2009, shortly after his appearance on The Tudors. The couple have been together since they were eighteen and have two children: a son and a daughter.


Year Title Type Role
2001 Rebel Heart TV Mini-Series Rowe
2002 Home for Christmas TV Movie Norman Quested
2003 Call Girl Short Brendan
2004 Love Is the Drug TV Series Peter
2005 Proof TV Series Jamie
2005 Fair City TV Series Emmett Fitzgerald
2006 24/7 Short Nick
2006 - 2008 The Clinic TV Series Conor / Conor Elliott
2009 Wild Decembers TV Movie Young Guard
2009 The Tudors TV Series Duke Philip of Bavaria
2009 The Euthanizer Short Ben
2011 Identity TV Movie John Bloom
2011 The Rite Michael Kovak
2012 Storage 24 Mark
2016 The Dust Storm Brennan
2016 Carrie Pilby Professor Harrison
2012 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones / Rogers / Wish Verse Captain Hook / Lieutenant Killian Jones
2018 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia TV Series Douxie
2018 What Still Remains Peter
2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia TV Series Douxie
2019 Writersphere Short Abe
2019 Dolly Parton's Heartstrings TV Series JJ Sneed
2020 Wizards TV Mini-Series Douxie
2020 The Right Stuff (post-production) TV Series Gordon Cooper / Gordo Cooper
Fairytale (post-production) Shane


Year Title Role Theatre Location
Aoife and Isobel Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland
TheDream of a Summer Day Storytellers Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Eclipse Olivier Theatre London, England
Eugene Onegin – The Roadshow Something Different Theatre Company Oxford, England
Leaving Quarehawks Theatre Company Monaghan, Ireland
Moonlight Mickey's Calipo Theatre Company Drogheda, Ireland
Othello Second Age Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Outlying Islands Island Theatre Company Chicago, US
Sky Road Theatre Royal Waterford, Ireland
The Taming Of The Shrew Rough Magic Theatre Company Dublin, Ireland
Walking the Road Axis Theatre Vancouver, Canada
What the Dead Want Project Theatre Dublin, Ireland

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Notes
2003 Irish Film and Television Awards Best New Talent Won Home for Christmas
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Chemistry shared with: Jennifer Morrison Nominated Once Upon a Time
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock shared with: Jennifer Morrison Nominated Once Upon a Time
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock shared with: Jennifer Morrison Won Once Upon a Time
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock shared with: Jennifer Morrison Nominated Once Upon a Time
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Nominated Once Upon a Time


  • He is a guitarist for the band The Enemies, a five piece band from O'Donoghue's native Ireland.
  • Appears in Christina Perri's "The Words" music video.
  • At the age of 16 went to Paris for a month to learn to speak French.