Jason O’Mara

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Jason O’Mara made his United States television debut in 2001 as Lt Thomas Meehan in the Emmy award-winning and critically acclaimed miniseries Band of Brothers. The following year, O’Mara starred as a regular on the espionage series, The Agency. He then continued to establish himself by taking multi-episode character arcs on several hit television series including Grey’s Anatomy,Men in Trees and The Closer. In 2006, O’Mara starred opposite Kyle MacLachlan in the crime drama series In Justice.

In 2007, O’Mara made his feature film debut opposite Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction. Returning to television in 2008, he notably starred as time-traveling detective Sam Tyler on the United States adaptation of the British drama series Life on Mars. Although the series only aired for one season, O’Mara received critical accolades for his performance.

Born and raised in Ireland, O’Mara never planned on acting as a profession. He was an avid rugby player and it wasn’t until he suffered a sports injury that he was introduced to acting. While recovering, O’Mara tried out for the school play and won a part. The thrill of opening night sealed his fate, and his former passion for sports transferred to acting. He then attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he received his degree in drama.

His British television credits include the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-winning Playing the Field,Berkeley Square and the hugely popular Monarch of the Glen.

On the London stage, O’Mara appeared in Popcorn at the Apollo Theatre, The Jew of Malta at the Almeida Theatre and The School for Scandal with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to join the ensemble of the award-winning production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming with Ian Holm, which played in Dublin, London and at Lincoln Center in New York. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2002 Irish Theatre Awards for his performance in Bash, written and directed by Neil LaBute. Returning to the London stage in 2010, O’Mara starred in Serenading Louie at the world-famous Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden.

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