Alexx O’Nell

Actor
Alexx O'Nell looking at the camera

Personal Info

  • Birth Name: Alexander Leonard O'Neill

Biography

Alexx O’Nell (born Alexander Leonard O’Neill) is an American-born actor and musician who is based in India and has appeared in films and television programs in English and Indian languages. His major feature films & series include “Aarya”, “Main Aur Charles”, “Cheeni Kum”, “Madrasapattinam”, “Joker”, “Chittagong”, “Inside Edge”, “Bose”, and “Urumi” (aka “Ek Yodha Shoorveer”). O’Nell’s upcoming releases in Hindi / English include “Roohi Afzana” and “The Battle of Bhima Koregaon” and in Bangla include “Golondaaj” and “REKKA”. O’Nell has performed in dozens of commercials and has endorsed products like Captain Morgan (Asia), Mouin Glaciere (Perfume, MENA), etc. In addition to acting, he is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. The third child of an American father and a Dutch mother, O’Nell grew up in Madison, Connecticut and began his acting career with community and regional theater in the United States. He starred in over a dozen musicals and plays over a span of 10 years, later working in television advertisements in India and internationally, finally landing character roles and appearances in such films as the Hindi feature “Cheeni Kum” (2007) and the English feature “Loins of Punjab Presents” (2007). He later gained recognition as a contestant on the hugely popular Indian celebrity dance competition “Nach Baliye” (Season 3, 2007), and finally in lead roles in various film and television projects. Following a high-profile relationship with Indian actress Sweta Keswani, O’Nell and Keswani were married in October and November 2008 in four different ceremonies. They lived together in Mumbai, India until their separation in mid-2011. O’Nell subsequently had a relationship with Indian actress Shama Sikander, and she features in two of his music videos. O’Nell attended Boston University, graduating after 3 years with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Psychology. O’Nell’s first leading role in a big-budget production came alongside Amy Jackson and Arya in “Madrasapattinam” (2010), following which O’Nell returned to television to star in the Indian prime time historical drama “Jhansi Ki Rani” (2010) and the contemporary drama “Dhoondh Legi Manzil Humein” (2011). Late 2011 saw the release of the Hindi language feature “Jo Dooba So Paar” (2011) with O’Nell in a supporting role alongside Vinay Pathak, after which he was seen in a lead role in Shirish Kunder’s “Joker” (2012) with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. Bedabrata Pain’s much-awaited “Chittagong” (2012), with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Barry John, Rajkummar Rao and others, released to overwhelming critical acclaim, as did one of his most significant early roles: a double-lead role in the multilingual “Urumi” (2011), steered by acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan, also starring Genelia D’Souza, Prabhudeva, and Vidya Balan. “Gangster” (2014) and “Manglish” (2014) both featuring O’Nell alongside South-Indian superstar Mammootty, cemented his position in Malayalam / South Indian cinema, though his subsequent appearances have been cameos including in “Lucifer” (2019), “SyeRaa” (with Chiranjeevi) (2019), “RRR” (2021) (along side Aliya Bhatt), etc. He enjoyed significant critical acclaim for his performance in director Prawaal Raman’s Hindi / English feature “Main Aur Charles” (2015) with Randeep Hooda, Adil Hussain, & Richa Chadha; was seen in “Ek Yodha Shoorveer” (2016), a Hindi dubbed and re-edited version of “Urumi” (2011), as well as Alexander the Great in Balaji Telefilms’ “Chandra Nandni” (2016), before featuring in the launch of virtually every major Video On Demand / “OTT”/ Webseries platform in India. These include Amazon Prime’s “Inside Edge”(2017), Alt Balaji’s “Bose Dead/Alive” (2017), Netflix’s “21 Sarfarosh” (2018), and Disney+ Hotstar VIP’s “Aarya” (2020). While “21 Sarfarosh” featured O’Nell speaking almost exclusively in Hindi, “Aarya” garnering him significant critical acclaim for his portrayal of a musician who sings in Sanskrit. In a related development, 2020 also saw the release of O’Nell’s first original English musical composition “Still On My Mind” (2020) and the associated music video which features actress Shama Sikander. His second release “A Bhagavad Gita Song” (2020) is an original composition with lyrics drawn from the Sanskrit poetry of the Hindu holy book. Having been active in the Bengali film industry since his debut in 2017 as the main antagonist in “Yeti Obhijaan” (2017) O’Nell will have his football epic “Golondaaj” (2021) alongside Dev Adhikari, as well as the Hoichoi series “REKKA” (2021) release in Bangla in 2021. In Hindi / English, the much awaited “Roohi Afzana” (2021), O’Nell’s 3rd project with Rajkummar Rao (also starring Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma), and “The Battle of Bhima Koregaon” (2021) along side Arjun Rampal, will be among his 2021 releases.

Filmography

  • Movie Name

    Ratings

  • Chehre

    Drama, Mystery, Thriller

    0 /10
  • Roohi

    Comedy, Horror

    0 /10

Trailers & Videos

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Alexx O'Nell looking at the camera

Trailer: Chehre

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Trailer: Roohi

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