Ardal O’Hanlon


Ardal O’Hanlon : biography

8 October 1965 –

In February 2011, O’Hanlon returned to the Gate Theatre, Dublin starring in the Irish premiere of Christopher Hampton’s God of Carnage, alongside Maura Tierney.

In 2011, he appeared in the comedy panel show Argumental.

O’Hanlon has written a novel, The Talk of the Town (known in the United States as Knick Knack Paddy Whack), which was published in 1998. The novel is about a teenage boy, Patrick Scully, and his friends.


Year Programme Role
1995-98 Father Ted Father Dougal McGuire
1996 Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll Unknown
1997 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself
1997 The Butcher Boy (1997 film) Mr Percell
1999 Hooves Of Fire Robbie The Reindeer
1999-2001 Big Bad World Eamon Donaghy
2000-05 My Hero (TV series) Thermoman
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Writer
2004 Jack Dee Live At The Apollo HImself
2005 Blessed (TV series) Gary
2005-06 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Coconut Tam
2007 Close Encounters Of The Herd Kind Director/Writer
Doctor Who – Gridlock Thomas Brannigan
2008 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself
2008 Tales of the Riverbank Hammy
2009 Val Falvey, TD Val Falvey
2010 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow Himself
Skins Kieran

Personal life

O’Hanlon is married to Melanie, whom he met as a teenager, and with whom he has three children. He is a supporter of Leeds United and Celtic.

Stand Up

Ardal has been doing stand up for many years appearing on many shows including Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Dave’s One Night Stand. In 1994 he won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.

Year Name
1997 Ardal O’Hanlon Live From Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre
2000 Ardal O’Hanlon Live
2007 Ardal O’Hanlon Live in Dublin
2013 Ardal O’Hanlon Live


Year Name
1994 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year
1995 Top TV Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards