Colin O'Donoghue is an Irish actor and musician best known for his role as Captain Hook, originally known as Killian Jones, a pirate captain who seduced away Rumplestilskin's wife Mila, in the fantasy drama television series Once Upon a Time.
O'Donoghue was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He initially attended Dundalk Grammar School and then The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.
At age 16, O'Donoghue went to Paris, France, for a month to learn the French language. Colin's early career was mainly split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the UK.
In 2003, Colin won the Irish Film and Television Award for "Best New Talent" for his role as Norman in Home For Christmas.
O'Donoghue appeared as Duke Philip of Bavaria in Season 3 of The Tudors, an historical-fiction television series first aired on Showtime. He made his Hollywood film debut alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins in the horror thriller film The Rite (2011).
He is a guitarist for the band The Enemies, a five piece band from O'Donoghue's native Ireland.