Jack O’Connell might have Angelina Jolie on speed-dial now, but it didn’t start out that way. From bit parts in Waterloo Road, Doctors and Holby City (a rite of passage for all young Brit actors) to winning BAFTA’s EE Rising Star award in 2015, the boy from Derby has done pretty damn well for himself.
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For the Skins generation, Jack will always be James Cook, the cocky, party-loving teen who has a way with the ladies. I, for one, will never forget that Lyle & Scott red jumper (you know, the one he flashes his bum tattoo in), or the final scene of series 4…
Since then, Jack has played Louis Zamperini, the US Olympian captured as a prisoner of war in Unbroken, Calisto in 300 and a troubled youth in Starred Up, taking inspiration from his own life to bag award nominations across the board. Up next? Period drama Tulip Fever, where he’ll probably have to mask that thick Derby accent.
Jack’s Harrington jackets and polo shirts have been traded up for skinny suits, Fred Perry knits and, when he’s in the mood, a distinguished shadow of facial hair that also made an appearance in Prada’s AW15 campaign. He even rocks a patterned poloneck for the brand, following on from James McAvoy’s smouldering AW14 shoot.
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On top of his Oscar-worthy acting talent (surely it’s only a matter of time?!) and high-fashion gaze in front of the camera, it’s safe to say that Jack O’Connell is easy on the eye, whether he’s shaven headed or suited and booted (or both) – so click through for more pictures of the Brit boy of the moment…