Roy is someone whose spiky personality ensures that he will always be kept as far away from normal people as possible. Society would probably keep him in a cage hanging over a cliff if he didn't know anything about computers; as it is, they store him deep in a basement, where, far from prying eyes, he is able to indulge his love of everything that is bad for him; fast food, comics and endless nonsensical arguments with his best friend, Moss.
Chris ODowd (Roy)
Chris ODowd recently won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actor in a Scottish Film for his role of stand-up Tommy ODwyer in the FilmFour comedy Festival. The film, which also featured his IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade, also won the award for Best Comedy Film at the 2005 British Comedy Awards.
Chris grew up in Roscommon in west Ireland and studied politics at Dublin University. On graduating, Chris undertook a two-year postgraduate course at LAMDA, where he became friends with fellow IT Crowd co-star Katherine Parkinson. Like Katherine, Chris left the course early in order to take part in the film Conspiracy of Silence alongside Hugh Bonneville. Other film roles for Chris include a role in Mike Leighs Vera Drake.
On television, Chris has appeared in the BBC drama Red Cap alongside Tamzin Outhwaite and Nigel Harman. Back home in Ireland, Chris has also starred in two series of the RTE-produced drama The Clinic, as well as in the drama Showbands alongside Kerry Katona. Other TV roles include a role in last years award-winning docu-drama The Year London Blew Up.
Chris says his brother-in-law, who works in IT, has helped him prepare for the role. He also confesses to having the unusual childhood hobby of collecting Yorkie bar wrappers (having over 1,000) and to undertaking a range of unusual jobs including working as a Bob Geldof impersonator.
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