Award-Winning Actor, The Crown
Josh O’Connor trained with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has garnered critical acclaim for his roles across film, television, and theatre. He is also an accomplished and exhibited artist and photographer. O’Connor was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2016 and has gone on to receive a Golden Globe Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and two British Independent Film Awards.
Up next, O’Connor will star alongside Letitia Wright in Director Frank Berry’s indie film Aisha. The film will chronicle the story of a young African woman fleeing persecution, who ends up spending over two years in Ireland’s asylum system. While there, she befriends a security guard (O’Connor) who she develops a connection with.
Also upcoming, O’Connor will star in Eva Husson’s drama, Mothering Sunday, alongside Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, and Odessa Young. The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and will release theatrically in November 2021.
O’Connor starred in season four of Peter Morgan’s The Crown, in which he played Prince Charles. His performance in this season garnered him SAG and BAFTA nominations, and Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and most recently, Emmy wins in the Lead Actor category. He was Introduced in season three to rave reviews, a SAG ensemble award, and a BAFTA nomination for Supporting Actor. Both seasons are available on Netflix.
Also this year, O’Connor starred alongside Jessie Buckley in a stage-to-film, present-day adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Simon Godwin. Originally meant for the stage at the National Theatre in London, the filmed performance premiered on PBS in the US on Sky Arts in the UK.
Last year, O’Connor starred as Mr. Elton in Autumn de Wilde’s critically acclaimed film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, and in Hope Gap with Annette Bening and Bill Nighy, directed by William Nicholson. Hope Gap won Best Film and O’Connor won Best Actor at the Barcelona Film Festival. In 2018, O’Connor starred with Laia Costa in Harry Wootliff’s BAFTA-nominated film, Only You, for which he won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. He also undertook the role of "Lawrence 'Larry' Durrell" last year, in the final season of ITV’s hit television show, The Durrells; and the role of Marius in BBC One’s miniseries adaptation of Les Miserables.
In 2017, O’Connor starred in Francis Lee’s hugely successful, BAFTA nominated and BIFA winning directorial debut, God's Own Country. O’Connor’s performance earned him a BIFA award for Best Actor, a BAFTA award for Breakthrough Brit, an Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer, and nominations for BAFTA’s EE Rising Star award and London Critics Circle’s British / Irish Actor of the Year award.
In 2014, O’Connor made his feature film debut in Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, opposite Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth. He followed this up shortly thereafter working with Stephen Frears, both in The Program and in Florence Foster Jenkins, alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.
Other film and television credits include Bridgend, Hide & Seek, Magnificent Eleven, Moving Pictures, BAFTA-winning Netflix Series Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Father Brown, Wipers times, Law and Order, London Irish, Dr. Who, and Lewis VI: Vipers.