There are few younger (or youngish – he turned 30 in lockdown) actors everybody would tip for extraordinary issues. Josh O’Connor is considered one of them. He’s some of the pure, chameleonic and plain likable skills round; already a lot acclaimed for his work, but additionally somebody we’ll absolutely nonetheless be talking of in 50 years’ time.
O’Connor’s breakthrough was as a gruff sheep farmer who falls in love with a Romanian immigrant in Francis Lee’s debut, God’s Personal Nation. It was an astonishing efficiency: bodily, immersive (his dedication to analysis concerned birthing 150 lambs) and deeply shifting. He and Lee are shortly to reteam for a queer horror movie targeted on class “a couple of unhappy younger man alone in an epic wilderness”; their love and admiration for every one other is likely one of the most cheering issues on Twitter at present.
God’s Personal Nation was a smash at Sundance in 2017, but it surely was his position as Prince Charles in The Crown which introduced O’Connor to worldwide recognition. Reverse Emma Corrin’s Diana and Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth, O’Connor humanised a person mysterious, even buffoonish, to many – whereas additionally embracing his pricklier facets.
Himself a republican (who campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn in 2019), O’Connor has mentioned of enjoying Charles: “To take a personality from being, in my eyes, fully sympathetic, who’s seemingly unappreciated [but] is making an attempt arduous to fill these extremely tough and large boots, to go to somebody who’s on this complete rut of a wedding it was the expertise of a lifetime.”
Different key roles on TV included Larry Durrell within the ITV tackle My Household and Different Animals, appearances in Lewis, Father Brown, Peaky Blinders and Marius Pontmercy within the BBC’s Les Misérables.
On the large display screen, he was extremely memorable as a person struggling along with his girlfriend’s infertility in Solely You, the conflicted son of separating couple Invoice Nighy and Annette Bening in Hope Hole and, once more alongside Nighy, a really humorous Mr Elton in Emma.
Earlier this 12 months, O’Connor performed Romeo reverse Jessie Buckley’s Juliet in a fascinating and extremely charged manufacturing; the primary movie correct from the Nationwide Theatre. Earlier stage credit embody The Shoemaker’s Vacation and Oppenheimer.
O’Connor will subsequent be seen in Mothering Sunday, an adaptation of the Graham Swift novel, which premiered at Cannes earlier this 12 months (and once more options Colman in a maternal position). Set in 1924, he performs the one survivor of a bunch of buddies to have returned from preventing in France through the first world battle. Burdened by survivor’s guilt, he additionally shoulders a crippling accountability in regards to the profession path – and marital expectations – that lie forward of him.
Put up your questions for O’Connor within the feedback part beneath earlier than 10am BST on Thursday 14 October; his responses will likely be printed in Movie&Music on 12 November, which is when Mothering Sunday is launched within the UK.