Mark O’Brien is an award-winning actor/filmmaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland.
His short films have screened throughout the US and Canada in such festivals as The LA Shorts Fest, Montreal World Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Calgary International Film Festival and Studio Film Festival in Los Angeles. His short film Kathy won him the William F. White Award for Best Comedy at the 2012 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival. In 2012, Mark wrote, directed, edited and starred in the short film Better People, which premiered at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival and took home awards for Best Short Film at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival, Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival and a Platinum Remi Award for Best Short Film from the 2013 WorldFest Houston Film Festival. His next short film Sweetieface in which Mark directed, produced, edited and co-starred in, opposite Katie Boland, premiered at the 2013 Calgary International Film Festival and continued its run at the Toronto Shorts Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Hamilton Film Festival where it won Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Short Film. In 2014, Mark directed an episode of the hugely successful CBC series Republic of Doyle, of which he has starred on for the past six years and has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Actor in a Television Series as well as a nomination for Best Director of a Television Series.
As an actor, Mark currently stars on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Next year he can be seen Denis’ Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life co-starring opposite Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner. His previous work includes a recurring role in the hugely popular NBC series Hannibal as well as starring in the upcoming feature films End of Days, Inc., The Dark Stranger, Len & Company, and the upcoming How to Plan an Orgy in a Smal Town all currently in post-production. Mark also starred in the Sundance Official Sundance Film Festival selection Grown Up Movie Star opposite Tatiana Maslany and the wrestling indie Beat Down opposite Robb Wells of The Trailer Park Boys. He has also had guest starring roles in such TV series’ as Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Kiljoys, The One That Got Away, and Warehouse 13.
Mark also has extensive theatre experience in such shows as Rope, Butler’s Marsh, Poor Superman, Until June, Autobahn, Sex; the Rules of, The Story of Bobby O’Maley, and Red Noses. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English & Drama from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2015, he was awarded the Alumni Horizon Award for Best Career Achievement for a graduate under the age of 35.Next →