Ardal O’Hanlon is an Irish comedian, actor, and writer who was born on October 8, 1965, in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1980s, performing at various clubs in Dublin and throughout Ireland. He eventually moved to London, where he became a regular performer at the Comedy Store and other comedy venues.
O’Hanlon’s big break came in 1995 when he was cast as Father Dougal McGuire in the hit comedy series, Father Ted. The show was a massive success and earned O’Hanlon critical acclaim for his performance. He went on to star in several other TV shows and films, including My Hero, Doctor Who, and The Butcher Boy.
O’Hanlon is married to Melanie, and together they have three children, Emily, Rebecca, and Redmond. Emily is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows and films, including Holby City and Casualty. Redmond is a musician who has released several albums and performs under the name “Rocstrong.”
In 2018, O’Hanlon revealed that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and has since made a full recovery. He has spoken publicly about his experience and the importance of regular cancer screenings.
In recent years, O’Hanlon has continued to work in TV and film. He had a recurring role in the hit comedy series, Derry Girls, and starred in the BBC drama, Death in Paradise. He also wrote and starred in the comedy series, Val Falvey TD, which aired on Irish television.
In 2021, O’Hanlon appeared in the film, Here Are the Young Men, alongside actors such as Anya Taylor-Joy and Finn Cole. The film, which is based on the novel by Rob Doyle, follows a group of teenagers in Dublin who are struggling to find their place in the world.
Ardal O’Hanlon’s Son Redmond O’Hanlon
Redmond O’Hanlon is the son of Ardal O’Hanlon and Melanie. He was born on November 4, 1997, in London, England. Redmond is a musician who performs under the name “Rocstrong.” He has released several albums and singles, including “Go Head” and “Hold Ya.” His music has been described as a blend of pop, rock, and hip-hop.
Redmond has also appeared in several TV shows and films, including Penny Dreadful and The Siege of Jadotville. He has spoken publicly about the influence his father has had on his music career and has performed alongside him at various events.
Ardal O’Hanlon’s Daughter Emily O’Hanlon
Emily O’Hanlon is the daughter of Ardal O’Hanlon and Melanie. She was born on December 24, 1994, in London, England. Emily is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows and films, including Holby City and Casualty. She has also worked as a voice actor, providing the voice for characters in the video game, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
Emily has spoken publicly about the challenges of growing up in a showbiz family and the pressure she felt to follow in her father’s footsteps. However, she has also expressed her love for acting and her desire to continue pursuing it as a career.