Family threaten to sell stories to press, says actor Jack O'Connell

Actor Jack O'Connell has revealed that members of his family have threatened to sell stories about him to newspapers because they assume his Hollywood career has made him very wealthy.

O'Connell, from Derby, who became famous in teen drama Skins and recently starred in Angelina Jolie's Oscar-nominated war film Unbroken, said he has a complicated relationship with people back home in Derby.

He will soon be seen in Money Monster opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts and revealed people think he is as rich as his co-stars.

He told ES Magazine:

"There's a lot of assumptions made. People assume that I'm wealthy beyond belief - and I ain't. I still need to work for a living.

Jack O'Connell
The actor has starred in a number of Hollywood films. Credit: PA Wire

O'Connell told the magazine his tough background, which included a suspended prison sentence, has helped him to become the person he is today.

He said:

"Whatever I went through then backs me up as a human and as an adult nowadays. I wouldn't wish that on anyone growing up, but now it's done me the world of good to see genuine hardship, genuine suffering, genuine poverty and to see humour in amongst them as well - to see people just getting on with it. I grew up knowing a lot of strong people.

Jack O'Connell