Alexx O'Nell



Alexx ONell (born Alexander Leonard O’Neill on July 26, 1980) 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 include Main Aur Charles, Cheeni Kum, Madrasapattinam, Joker, Chittagong and Urumi (Ek Yodha Shoorveer).ONell began his acting career with community and regional theater in the United States, later working in television advertisements in India and internationally, and finally landing character roles and appearances in films such 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).ONells first leading role in a big-budget production came with Madrasapattinam (2010). Following Madrasapattinam, ONell returned to television to star in the Indian primetime historical drama Jhansi Ki Rani in mid-2010, and in early 2011 he also appeared in a guest role on the drama Dhoondh Legi Manzil Humein. Late 2011 saw the release of the Hindi Language feature Jo Dooba So Paar (2011) with ONell in a supporting role. After almost a years gap, ONell was seen in a lead role in Shirish Kunder’s Joker (2012) followed shortly thereafter by a cameo in A. L. Vijays Thaandavam (2012) released in late August and late September 2012 respectively. Finally, ONell starred in Bedabrata Pains much awaited Chittagong (2012), released to overwhelming critical acclaim on October 12, 2012. Perhaps his most significant role to date, ONell appeared in a double-lead role in the multilingual Urumi (2011), (and the unreleased English-language Vasco Da Gama, (in which he plays a triple role)) directed by acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan. Urumi released in select markets (Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu) in 2011 and 2012 and remains the second most expensive and second highest grossing Malayalam film of all time. The stage of completion and expected release date for the English-language Vasco Da Gama are unknown. ONells next releases were the much awaited Malayalam films Gangster and Manglish both featuring ONell alongside South-Indian superstar Mammootty releasing in April and July 2014, respectively. He enjoyed critical acclaim for his performance in director Prawaal Ramans Main Aur Charles (2015), and was most recently seen in the 2016 release Ek Yodha Shoorveer (2016), a Hindi dubbed and re-edited version of Urumi (2011).Following a high-profile relationship with Indian actress Sweta Keswani, ONell and Keswani were married in October and November 2008 in four different ceremonies.ONell and Keswani lived together in Mumbai, India until their separation in mid-2011.

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