|Who is it?||Actor|
|Birth Place||Galway, Ireland, Ireland|
|Age||46 YEARS OLD|
McDonnell had a role in the 2003 feature film Conspiracy of Silence. It was RTÉ Television's police drama Single-Handed that was McDonnell's television career break. He starred in all four series of the programme. McDonnell was given the lead role of Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll after receiving a call from casting Director Maureen Hughes. Appearing onstage in The Lieutenant of Inishmore in Galway Town Hall at the time, McDonnell, alongside two other cast members, left for Dublin to read the script for the original Single-Handed Director Colm McCarthy. He was given the lead role a day later.
In 2014 McDonnell starred as Inspector Fiachra Greene in the Irish language movie An Bronntanas (The Gift), screened at the Galway Film Fleadh and later put forward as Ireland's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (2015). The film is edited from the five-episode television series of the same name, screened on TG4 in October and November 2014.
In 2015 McDonnell starred in the hit TG4 series An Klondike, a western set in the Klondike gold rush. In 2016 he starred in Wrecking the Rising, about time travelling gobdaws who accidentally kill PH Pearse before the Easter Rising, and in the short film An Béal Bocht based on Flann O'Brien's satirical novel.