Chris O'Dowd is an Irish actor best known for his starring television roles as Brendan Davenport in The Clinic (2003-2005) and as Roy in The IT Crowd, from 2006-2010.
O'Dowd's biggest claim to fame is his collection of Yorkie wrappers - over 1000 at the last count. Outside of his passion for hearty chocolate bars, Chris has appeared in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, Red Cap and the award-winning docu-drama, The Year London Blew Up.
Back home in Ireland, Chris also starred in two seasons of the RTE-produced drama The Clinic, as well as in the drama Showbands alongside Kerry Katona.
Chris is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids opposite Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. For his role in the film, Chris was nominated for a BAFTA "Rising Star Award," a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" and won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best Supporting Actor - Film."
Other work includes Lena Dunham's Girls, Judd Apatow's This Is 40 and Wayne Blair's The Sapphires, which earned him an AACTA Award for "Best Lead Actor." Additionally, Chris lends his voice to Chris Wedge's animated film, Epic.
Other film credits include Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids, Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks, Rob Letterman's Gulliver's Travels, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio and Gareth Carrivick's Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel.
Chris also starred in Festival, which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards including "Best British Film," and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for "Best Actor in a Scottish Film."
Chris wrote and produced a TV series based on his childhood titled Moone Boy. The series revolves around a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky, small-town Irish family in the 1980s.
The series was recognized by the Irish Film and Television Awards as "Best Entertainment Programme" and Chris was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor - TV" and "Best Script Drama." Additionally the show was nominated for "Best New Comedy Programme" by the British Comedy Awards.
He also stars in the mockumentary television series Family Tree.