He was once a Father Ted newcomer whose face is now unforgettable. From My Hero to a Bafta Nominee for Best Comedy Performance, Ardal O’Hanlon has raw talent for playing and being the funnyman. But where has he been since My Hero in 2000?
Father Ted set Ardal O’Hanlon on the way to stardom with the role of gormless Father Dougal McGuire and who can forget Ardal playing ‘Thermoman’ in My Hero for five seasons. So it was no surprise to viewers to see him appear in the latest BBC drama The Woman in The Wall.
He had a run of successful stage productions as well as penning a novel. Between appearing in cult classic Skins, comedy tours, voicing animated characters and playing the lead character in Val Falvey TD in 2019, he has popped up on many TV shows across the noughties in some form – whether it be a small cameo role or just lending his voice.
However, it wasn’t until 2017 playing DI Jack Mooney in Death in Paradise that mainstream audiences saw his return. As the show ran on, Ardal took the role of Eamonn in Derry Girls. He has also played himself in celebrity spin-offs and appearing on Taskmaster and Would I Lie To You?
The dad-of-three currently resides in Dublin with his wife Melanie and up to May this year he starred as Jack in a new production of Dancing at Lughnasa at the national theatre.
His latest TV appearance is in The Woman in The Wall is not what he is usually accustomed to as he takes up a serious role. Ardal plays Dara O’Halloran who goes searching for his wife as she goes missing. He makes several cameo appearances after his character makes his initial introduction in the new BBC thriller after filming scenes opposite lead actress Ruth Wilson.
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