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“When I first got the audition for the show, I thought: ‘well there is no way I can play this because I’m not old enough to play the traditional Captain Hook’. We discussed it and, together with the creators, we managed to come up with something that is quite different."
—Colin O'Donoghue src

Colin O'Donoghue is the Irish actor who portrays Hook and Hook (Wish Realm) on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Colin O'Donoghue was born on January 26,[1] 1981[2] in Drogheda of the Republic of Ireland to a Roman Catholic family.[3] His parents are Mary and Con O'Donoghue, and maternal grandparents are Anne and Arthur Dunne. Colin is married to Helen O'Donoghue.[4] On August 1, 2013, they welcomed their first child, Evan.[5]

At 2011, at eighteen, Colin attended Dublin's Gaiety School of Acting[6] and completed the Two Year Professional Actor trainee programme.[7]

Colin's early career was mainly split between theater and television work in Ireland and the UK. At the November 2003 1st Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony, Colin won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman Quested in the television drama Home For Christmas.[8]

Primarily, Colin has starred in Irish and United Kingdom movies and television shows. He also made a notable appearance in the third season of 2009 historical fiction series The Tudors as Duke Philip of Bavaria. He caught the eye of a Los Angeles agent from his appearance on The Tudors[4] that landed him his very first Hollywood movie role was in the horror thriller flick The Rite.[6]

From 2003 to May 2013, he was part of a five piece Ireland based band The Enemies. As a result of his Once Upon a Time filming obligations, Colin left the band to continue acting on the show.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Call Girl Brendan Short film
2006 24/7 Nick Short film
2009 The Euthanizer Ben Short film
2009 Wild Decembers Young Guard Television Film
2011 The Rite Michael Kovak Movie
2012 Storage 24 Mark Movie
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Rebel Heart Rowe TV miniseres - 1 episode
2002 Home for Christmas Norma Quested TV movie
2004 Love Is the Drug Peter 2 episodes
2005 Proof Jamie 2 episodes
2005 Fair City Emmett Fitzgerald / Emmet Fitzgerald 3 episodes
2006-2008 The Clinic Conor / Conor Elliott 11 episodes
2009 The Tudors Duke Phillip of Bavaria 1 episode
2011 Identity John Bloom TV movie
2012–Present Once Upon a Time Hook Starring


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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