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Daragh O'Malley (born 25 May 1954) is an Irish film, theatre and television actor who has appeared in a large number of TV series, films and films for television. O'Malley is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the ever-faithful Patrick Harper in the long-running [1993-2009] Sharpe TV series with Sean Bean. O'Malley has appeared in a wide range of productions from films like The Long Good Friday and Withnail and I to episodes of Waking The Dead, Wire in the Blood and Silent Witness, as well as having leading roles in US productions including The Magnificent Seven, Texas, Vendetta, Cleopatra and The Iron Marshall. In 2011 O'Malley returned to the stage in the UK after a twelve-year absence playing John Rainey in a London revival of Mixed Marriage which received positive reviews.
Daragh O'Malley was raised in Limerick and educated by the Jesuits at Crescent College and later by Carmelite monks at Terenure College in Dublin. His father, Donogh O'Malley, was an Irish politician who served as a TD for Limerick East from 1954 to 1968 and as his country's Minister for Health and later Minister for Education, introducing a Free Secondary and Third Level education system in Ireland which is credited with the subsequent large upsurge in the Irish economy.
O'Malley's late aunt, Meave - his father's sister - was singer Dido's grandmother.
On leaving LAMDA O'Malley was a founder member of Common Stock Theatre Company, one of London's first community theatre groups, which was based in an old church on Pentonville Road in London and took theatre to the poor of London's East End.A fellow founder member of Common Stock was Dame Harriet Walter.
O'Malley has/had a keen interest in horse racing. O'Malley said in a BBC radio interview in 2011 that "backing a winner and smoking a cigarette are two of the great joys in life " Three successful horses that he himself owned were Mustang Prince (which won twelve races), Long-Haired Lover and Running Deer(which he named after a character in the Richard Harris film A Man Called Horse).O'Malley was a friend of the late Richard Harris - the two were often seen together at Dingle Races in Ireland, at Munster rugby matches in the UK, in Scott's pub in Kilkee, Co. Clare, Ireland, and in various hostelries in London. Harris also had racehorses - "Cromwell" and "A Tramp Shining".
On leaving LAMDA one of O'Malley's first roles was in a six-month touring musical with Liam Neeson in which Neeson and O'Malley played two IRA bombers and the duo sang the opening number - "We do it for Love"
In the hugely successful Sharpe TV series O'Malley appeared in all sixteen two hour films as Sean Bean's sidekick,Sgt. Harper - Guests in Sharpe included Liz Hurley, Daniel Craig, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Emily Mortimer, Neil Dudgeon,Julian Fellowes, Philip Glenister,Toby Stephens,Padma Lakshmi - wife of Salman Rushie - and the late Pete Poseltwaite.
In the mid 90s, O'Malley was cast as Debra Winger's husband in a leading role in the ill-fated feature Divine Rapture which starred Marlon Brando, Winger, O'Malley, John Hurt and Johnny Depp. The production spectacularly collapsed a few weeks into filming when Orion, the Los Angeles production company backing the film, suddenly went bankrupt. Three-time Oscar nominee Winger virtually retired from acting after - some say because of - the Divine Rapture debacle. O'Malley, who lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, remained a close friend of Brando's until Brando died.
In 2011 O'Malley returned to the stage after a twelve-year absence appearing as Father Jack in a 16 city touring production of Brien Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa and as Trade Unionist John Rainey in a much-acclaimed London production of Irving's Mixed Marriage.
O'Malley is the voice of the iconic crooked lawyer Nick Virago in the multi-million selling Lucas Arts CD ROM Grim Fandango. Also a voice actor, O'Malley was for years the voice of the Utah based Beneficial Life Insurance Company across North America.
O'Malley produced the Irish version of The Rocky Horror Show in Dublin and the show won numerous awards including a Best Production Jacob's Award. Author Richard O'Brien described the Irish production as "without doubt,the sexiest version ever produced".
O'Malley was a founder of The Sharpe's Children Foundation, a charity designed to fight poverty with education and take orphaned and destitute children off the streets of the third world and into residential education. The SCF was launched at Apsley House - home of the Duke of Wellington - in October 2010. At The Street Children's World Cup 2010 in Durban, South Africa The SCF put together an Indian team drawn from street children who live in the railway carriages of Delhi railway station and who had no birth certificates or passports. In a surprise outcome the team of Indian children - including a female full back called Honey - took the trophy back to India after beating Brazil in the final. The Sharpe's Children Foundation was integrated into The Consortium for Street Children in 2012.
O'Malley,previously owner of a number of racing greyhounds now lobbies and campaigns for the abolition of greyhound racing calling it "cruel, inhumane and unacceptable".
- Crossroads (1974–77) ATV
- Red Shift (1978) BBC
- The Long Good Friday (1980) Handmade
- Blue Money (1982)
- Tales of the Unexpected (1983)
- Cal (1984)
- The Last Place on Earth (1985) Central
- Truckers (1987) TV Series 8 Episodes
- Withnail and I (1987) Handmade
- Act of Betrayal (1988)
- A Day in Summer (1989)
- Connemara (1990)
- Shoot to Kill (1990)
- Sharpe's Rifles (1993)
- Sharpe's Eagle (1993)
- Sharpe's Honour (1994)
- Sharpe's Enemy (1994)
- Sharpe's Company (1994)
- Texas (1994) US Mini-series
- Sharpe's Sword (1995)
- Sharpe's Battle (1995)
- Sharpe's Gold (1995)
- Cutthroat Island (1995)
- Shaughnessy (1996)
- Sharpe's Mission (1996)
- Sharpe's Siege (1996)
- Sharpe's Regiment (1996)
- Sharpe's Justice (1997)
- Sharpe's Revenge (1997)
- Sharpe's Waterloo (1997)
- Sharpe: The Legend (1997)
- Grim Fandango (1998)
- The Magnificent Seven (1998) CBS TV Series
- Cleopatra (1999) Hallmark mini-series
- Vendetta (1999) HBO Feature
- Longitude (2000) TV Series
- McCready and Daughter(2000)
- Rebel Heart (2001) TV Series
- On Home Ground (2001) 16 One Hour Episode
- The Bombmaker (2001) Sky Movies
- Puckoon (2002) Feature
- Doctors (2003) One Episode. Winner Banff TV Award
- In Deep (2003) TV Series
- Silent Witness (2004) Two Episodes
- Wire in the Blood (2005) Two Episodes
- Sharpe's Challenge (2006) ITV 2 × 90min films.
- Waking The Dead (2007) Two Episodes
- Richard The Lionheart (2008) BBC Drama
- Sharpe's Peril (2008) ITV 2 × 90min films
- The Royal (2008) ITV Series
- Camelot (2011) Four Episodes