One of the few players to move from Arsenal to Tottenham, Jamie O'Hara was picked up by Spurs when the Highbury side failed to offer him a new contract and he progressed through the ranks at White Hart Lane.
Raised in Kent and attending Horton Kirby Primary School, Jamie was spotted as a youngster by Arsenal and attended Highams Park School where their Academy players studied, but like many local players, he failed to break through into the squad of expensive imports. Allowed to leave the club, Tottenham signed him up when his contract at Highbury expired.
While his passing ability and movement added considerably to the midfield of first the Academy side and then very quickly the Reserves, he had to go out on loan to Chesterfield (2006) and Millwall (2007) to get first team experience.
Jamie's ability to run with the ball and spot killer passes make him a talented midfielder and it was this ability which was picked up on by Edgar Davids, who spent time after training with O'Hara to hone his ability and his temperament to make the most of his skills.
As well as his creative ability, Jamie has a good eye for goal and has scored goals both from distance and also by making well-timed runs into the penalty area. One drawback he has is his fiery will to win, which sometimes gets him in trouble with referees, as he showed when red carded in a Johnstone's Paint Football League Trophy game for Millwall. He is also believed to be the player who Stephane Dalmat had a fight with in training, precipitating the Frenchman's loan being terminated.
His presence in some Spurs squads during 2006-07 hint that he may be breaking through in the difficult area of midfield, where Tottenham are well blessed with a range of different talents. Disappointed at being left out of the Juande Ramos' 2008 League Cup winning team, Jamie played more under Harry Redknapp in the early part of the manager's Spurs tenure, with a place on the bench in the 2009 League Cup final and ending up coming on and having a penalty saved in the shoot-out, along with David Bentley, resulting in Manchester United taking the trophy after a 0-0 draw.
In the 2009-10 season, the midfielder was allowed to go on loan to Portsmouth. Cash-strapped and bottom of the table, Pompey were reduced to taking on loan layers and free transfers to fill the places left by those who had been sold to keep the club afloat. Despite making a good impression at Fratton Park, Jamie returned to Spurs in January, but when the South Coast club's transfer embargo was lifted, he returned there on loan until the end of the season, playing his last game in the FA Cup Final where they lost 0-1 to Chelsea.
Had gone out with model Danielle Lloyd for a while and got engaged at the end of 2009, with their first child, a boy called Archie born in July 2010.
Suffered a back injury while at Portsmouth and had surgery in the summer, ruling him out of the Spurs team for the first five months of the season and to get some match time, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan in the January transfer window for the remainder of the season. On completion of the loan deal, he agreed to join Wolves on a permanent deal for a fee said to be £5 million. There followed an unhappy time at Molineux, where the fans turned against him when he was not selected by the manager and he ended up being released in August 2014 and then moving on a free transfer to Blackpool in November 2014. In a dire state, the Seasiders tried, but were fighting a losing battle against relegation and O'Hara was again released, finding a place on a one year contract at Fulham for the 2015-16 season.
Represented England at youth levels from Under-16 through to Under-18.