His film debut as a teenaged skinhead, in the coming-of-age drama This Is England (2006), heralded his propensity for playing angry, troubled youth.
O'Connell first found fame as the hard-living James Cook on the E4 teen series Skins (2009–10), which was followed by other lead roles in the television dramas Dive (2010) and United (2011).
Jack is also known by the tabloids as one-time boyfriend of Tulisa Contostavlos who he dated back in 2012.
He was also in a high-profile relationship with Skins co-star Kaya Scodelario (who played Effie) for a year in 2009.
His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up (2013) and '71 (2014).
According to insiders, Cara is secretly dating Jack, who rose to fame thanks to his role as James Cook in E4’s cult teen drama Skins The 24-year-old has also starred in This is England, Waterloo Road, Wire In The Blood and Wuthering Heights.In addition to publicity, he's also catching high-profile models, most importantly, Cara Delevingne. News reports that the two have been together just a couple months. News says that an insider stated they're "having fun." In addition: Rumors that the pair recently coupled up have been swirling as of late, and Delevingne herself seemingly confirmed the romance by way of a cheeky Instagram post in which she showcases O'Connell's "love bites." She added a heart emoticon to the telling shot as well as the hashtag #fittybum, keeping O'Connell's face concealed for the revealing pic.The photo was basically hickeys, but the media identified O'Connell by the moles on his neck.O'Connell began attending auditions in London, where he sometimes slept outside, not being able to afford a hotel.He eventually moved from Derby to Hounslow in west London, working as a farmhand in Cobham in between acting parts."They're having fun," the source tells us of the model of the moment and the star.