Monday 28 May 2018

Hollywood pays off as accumulated profits surge at Chris O'Dowd's company

Actor Chris O'Dowd
Actor Chris O'Dowd

Gordon Deegan

Accumulated profits at Chris O'Dowd's UK production firm jumped by 54pc last year.

New figures show that the accumulated profits at Hot Cod Productions rose from £354,699 to £546,244 (€639,374) in the year to the end of October 31, 2015.

O'Dowd's Hot Cod Productions is one of the companies behind his very successful 'Moone Boy' series broadcast in recent years to critical and popular acclaim.

The value of the firm's investments during the period increased from £148,931 to £293,284.

Roscommon man O'Dowd (36) is a favourite of one of the most influential directors in Hollywood, Judd Apatow, and has starred in Apatow movies 'Bridesmaids' and 'This is 40' while O'Dowd has also had a starring role in HBO's 'Girls' series.

O'Dowd is part of a star-studded cast including Samuel L Jackson, Judi Dench, Eva Green and Rupert Everett starring in Tim Burton's upcoming fantasy adventure film, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'.

O'Dowd is currently filming the 'God Particle' being directed by JJ Abrams of 'Star Wars' fame that is due for release next year

Last year, O'Dowd enjoyed positive reviews for his portrayal of journalist David Walsh in his pursuit of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong in the movie 'The Program'.

A former UCD student, O'Dowd represented Roscommon GAA at several under-age levels right up to under 21.

He first came to notice here playing Brendan Davenport in RTE's 'The Clinic' between 2003 and 2005 with his breakthrough in the UK for his role as Roy Trenneman in the 'IT Crowd'.

O'Dowd also had a starring role in black comedy 'Calvary', which was written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, best known as the writer-director of 'The Guard' while he has also added roles in 'Cuban Fury' and 'Thor'.

Irish Independent

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