Educated at St. Michael's College, Castleknock College and University College Dublin, McGovern is an award-winning actor who has been featured widely on the stage and screen.
McGovern has played all the major Beckett plays. His two one-man Beckett shows, I'll Go On and Watt, have toured worldwide. In 2012, McGovern played in Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where he was nominated as "best actor" in the Ovation Awards. McGovern frequently gives readings of and lectures on, Beckett's work.