Eugene O'Hare Poster

Biography

Eugene O'Hare is an Irish actor, playwright, radio and screen writer. He created the role of Detective Quigley in the BBC/Starz series "Dublin Murders" and Eddie Lyons in "Marcella" (Netflix). His plays, published by Methuen, include "The Weatherman" and 'Sydney & the Old Girl".

O'Hare has worked extensively in London theaters such as The National Theater, Royal Court, Old Vic, Shakespeare's Globe and in the West End. He was lauded by the late Sam Shepard for his performance as Austin in Shepard's seminal play "True West" in 2013. Shepard flew to the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in to see the production and was instrumental in securing its transfer to London's Tricycle Theatre. In True West he played opposite the BAFTA-winning Batman actor Alex Ferns as his warring brother. It was the last major production before Sam Shepard's death. O'Hare created the role of Magennis in Jez Butterworth's hit play The Ferryman directed by Sam Mendes in 2017. His first American stage role was on Broadway playing Colm Meaney's son in the Eugene O'Neill masterpiece A Moon for the Misbegotten. O'Hare later returned to New York to St Ann's Warehouse to create the role of Pierre opposite Adrian Lester in Lolita Chakrabarti's multi award-winning debut play Red Velvet. He played series regular Detective Quigley in the 2019 BBC/Starz series Dublin Murders adapted by Sarah Phelps from the bestselling crime novel series by Tana French. He plays regular role of Eddie Lyons in series season 3 of Marcella (ITV/Netflix). In 2017 O'Hare wrote the BBC short film The Music Room featuring the entire Ulster Orchestra. He has written several short stories for BBC Radio 4 including A World of One's Own which was broadcast on Christmas Day 2015. His short story "Bosco" for Radio 4 was narrated by Stephen Rea and is in pre-production as a feature-length film with backing from Northern Ireland Screen. He also wrote the National Theatre Connections play "Hospital Food" set in a teenage cancer unit. Two world premiers of his full length plays opened on the main stage of The Park Theatre in London in 2019. The first play The Weatherman was directed by Alice Hamilton and ran for five weeks from 12th August. Writing for whatsonstage.com, critic Alun Hood said "It heralds the arrival, in O'Hare, of a fearless new playwright with a singular voice". The second play Sydney & the Old Girl directed by Phillip Breen and starring Miriam Margolyes opened on the 30th October and ran for five weeks. The play was a sell out commercial hit and prompted the Park Theatre to install extra seating to cope with demand. In 2021, for the Omnibus Theatre in London, he wrote a double bill of new short work that had been composed during the "lockdown". He will direct both pieces and they will have socially distanced performances from 22nd June to 4th July. In 2021 it was confirmed that O'Hare was filming a role for series 6 of "Outlander". O'Hare is a member of Field Day Theatre company founded by Brian Friel. He lives in London.