Actually, Jack O’Connell Has Been Killing It This Whole Time

With the Christmas Day release of Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort, Unbroken, quickly approaching, the Internet has been abuzz about her leading man, Jack O’Connell. The film, about the extraordinary life of U.S. Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, is the 24-year-old actor’s biggest stateside project to date, and critics are touting him as the next big thing. However, one look back at his impressive, young career and you’ll see he’s already bigger than you realized.
Before Unbroken, the Derby, England-born O’Connell made his acting debut in the British soap opera Doctors. From there, he made several minor TV appearances, hit the stage in the play Scarborough at the Edinburgh Festival, and had a small role in this year’s 300: Rise of an Empire. However, for a true glimpse at his remarkable, star-worthy talent, take a look at his career highlights.

He broke everyone’s heart in This Is England (2006).

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