Rising Star: Everything You Need To Know About Jack O’Connell

Everything You Need To Know About Jack O'Connell

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by Grazia |

Angelina Jolie has praised his acting talents, Miuccia Prada has just cast him in her latest menswear campaign and he's now a BAFTA nominee. We are, of course, talking about Jack O'Connell who's rising through the ranks of Hollywood (and proving to be our major new man crush). Happily, we can expect to see a whole lot more of the 24-year-old in the coming months so it's time to get clued up. Ever helpful, Grazia Daily has compiled your essential Jack O'Connell need-to-know...**

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**1. He's a Brit boy **

Jack was born in Alvaston, Derby. Hello sexy accent!

2. His acting debut was in Doctors

Remember that BBC telly show? Jack also made cameos in The Bill, Waterloo Road, Holby City and Wire in the Blood.

_3. This Is England_ was his first film**

Jack's silver screen debut came in 2006. The controversial and critically acclaimed British film is about a boy growing up in 1980s England.

Jack O'Connell in This Is England

4. His big break came thanks to Skins

He played James Cook in the third, fourth and seventh series of the E4 series and won the best actor award at the 2010 TV Choice awards for his role as the cheeky rogue.

**5. He's already been linked to a few famous faces

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In October last year, it was rumoured Jack was dating Cara Delevingne after they met on the set of forthcoming movie, Tulip Fever. The actor has admitted that he has form for falling for the women he works with. In an interview he once revealed, 'It happens'. This followed a brief relationship with Tulisa Contostavlos.

Jack's women [Getty]

6. He's had some pretty major co-stars

In 2009, Jack appeared in the British crime thriller *Harry Brown *alongside Michael Caine and, umm, Plan B.

Jack in Harry Brown

7. He's even been in a music video

Yup, Jack featured in the music video of End Credits by Chase & Status.

8. He was set to star in Beautiful Creatures

...but was replaced by Alden Ehrenreich. He was initially cast as Ethan Wate in the 2013 film, but dropped out because of scheduling issues.

9. He caught the eye of Angelina Jolie

Jack was cast as the lead role in Angelina's war film *Unbroken *and his portrayal of Louis Zamperini has been talked up for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Ange later gushed that she 'in awe' of Jack.

10. He's up for a BAFTA

As proof that he's really hit the big time, the actor is among five young actors nominated for this year's EE Bafta Rising Star award. He's joined by the likes of Margot Robbie and Shailene Woodley.

Jack O'Connell at the EE Rising Star award nominations photocall [Getty]

11. He's bagged a Prada campaign

As if having Angelina on your side wasn't enough, Jack has now charmed one of the world's greatest fashion designers, Miuccia Prada. The actor joins Ethan Hawke in Prada's SS15 menswear campaign and looks suitably brooding in a rollneck jumper. Not bad for your modelling debut, eh?

Jack for Prada
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