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Ardal O'Hanlon

Ardal O'Hanlon is an Irish comedian and actor, best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted, and George Sunday in My Hero.

O’Hanlon’s career in comedy started when he founded the International Comedy Cellar in Dublin. His stand-up performances won him the 1994 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition and work as the presenter of The Stand Up show. Between 1995-1998, he played Father Dougal McGuire in... Read more >>

Ardal O'Hanlon Overview

Ardal O'Hanlon is an Irish comedian and actor, best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted, and George Sunday in My Hero.

O’Hanlon’s career in comedy started when he founded the International Comedy Cellar in Dublin. His stand-up performances won him the 1994 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition and work as the presenter of The Stand Up show. Between 1995-1998, he played Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted. His performance in this role gained him the Top TV Comedy Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards in 1995 and cameo parts on Channel 4 and in BBC 1’s Comic Relief. He subsequently appeared in the award-winning short comedy film Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll.

From thereon in, O’Hanlon moved into straight acting, performing in the ITV comedy drama Big Bad World (1999 and 2001), in The Butcher Boy and Whose Line is it Anyway? Between 2000 and 2005 he starred in the comedy series My Hero, at which point he then appeared in Ben Elton’s BBC sitcom Blessed (2005). Subsequent screen work included appearances in Doctor Who (2007), Skins and Val Falvey. In 2011, he appeared in the comedy panel show Argumental.

Other work includes writing and presenting a television series called Leagues Apart in 2006; he followed this up in 2007 with the programme So You Want to be Taoiseach? Live performances include a recent show at the Edinburgh Fringe and a 2011 performance in the Gate Theatre in Dublin, starring in the Irish premiere of Christopher Hampton’s God of Carnage. Radio work includes Quote...Unquote (2011). O’Hanlon has also authored a novel, The Talk of the Town, which was published in 1998.

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