Biography of Mark McKennaMark McKenna is an Irish actor and singer, famous for his roles in the musical comedy Sing Street (2016) and the TV series Wayne (2019). He is playing in such bands as Milk and THE | GIRL | TALK.
His Childhood and FamilyMark McKenna was born on May 5, 1996, in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Mark's father is a musician. McKenna remembers with a smile how his dad has taught him to play the guitar for two years before he and his on-screen character, a musician from the Sing Street, won applause at the Sundance Film Festival.
He wanted to be like me as a teenager. So it was quite strange to me, – Mark says.Mark inherited his musical talent, and after finishing school, he entered the BIMM Music College in Dublin, where he mastered several musical instruments.
Acting CareerMark McKenna made his movie debut in 2016. Mark was lucky to play one of the lead roles in the musical comedy Sing Street. Its director, Irishman John Carney (the creator of the movie Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo), admitted that he had planned to shoot unknown actors.
So, it happened. Most of the cast became open to the public: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Kelly Thornton, Percy Chamburuka, singer Maria Doyle Kennedy and Mark McKenna, who first appeared on the set. However, in the movie, there were starred such well-known artists as the star of Game of Thrones Aidan Gillen, and the young actress Lucy Boynton.
Mark and Ferdia recorded songs for the movie themselves.
We have different tastes in music. Ferdia enjoys folk, and I am fond of pop music of the 1980s. But Carney [a former Irish rock bassist] had written the songs before he met us, – McKenna says.The movie had received many rave reviews and high ratings, and it was later nominated for the Golden Globe Award. However, the musical La La Land (directed by Damien Chazelle) with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling won. Despite it, the young actors have already received their main award – fame, and recognition. It's funny, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo says with a smile. We were street musicians, and we were content with a couple of dollars for our performances a year ago. Now everything has changed. We used to walk on the streets and bother passers-by. Now we wear nice clothes and sit in nice cafes, and these people ask, Are you a guy from that movie?.
I had been at the theaters, and I was not drawn to this area. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, – Mark says.Soon, the actor went to Hollywood to play a small role in the military horror movie Overlord by Julius Avery. It was produced by J. J. Abrams, a scriptwriter or producer of such movies as Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), etc. The movie tells about the American soldiers who have discovered the secret experiments of the Nazis behind enemy lines in Normandy. Wyatt Russell (the son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn), Saw Asbek (Euron Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones), John Magaro, Jovan Adepo, and others also starred in the movies.
Personal Life of Mark McKennaLittle is known about Mark McKenna’s personal life. But in 2020, fans still found out about his new companion. She was Ciara Bravo, whom he met on the set of the series "Wayne".
The height of the actor is 173 cm.