Damien Molony

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Damien Molony
Damien Molony, Royal Court Theatre 2013.jpg
Born (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 33)
Johnstown Bridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Drama Centre London
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Known for Being Human; Suspects
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Damien Molony (born 21 February 1984) is an Irish actor now based in London. He is best known for his television roles as Hal in BBC Three's Being Human, DC Albert Flight in the BBC's Ripper Street and DS Jack Weston in Channel 5's Suspects.

Early life[edit]

Molony grew up in Johnstown Bridge, County Kildare, Ireland. After graduating from the Drama Centre London in 2011, he co-starred as Giovanni in a production of the John Ford play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, directed by Jonathan Munby.[1]

Career[edit]

Molony's casting as vampire Hal in the BBC Three series Being Human[2] brought him his first television credit. In an interview with SFX magazine, Molony revealed that when approaching the role of Hal he did research on drug addicts and alcoholics.[3] He has previously starred in the short film When the Hurlyburly's Done,[4] filmed in Germany.[5]

After the filming of series 4 of Being Human, Damien played the lead role of Motl Mendl in the National Theatre production of Travelling Light alongside Sir Antony Sher. Following the London run, the play toured England before returning to the National Theatre in late April 2012.[6] He returned to the National Theatre in January 2015 to play Spike in Sir Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, which ran until 17 May 2015 and was broadcast live to cinemas across the world via NT Live on 16 April 2015. Both plays were directed by the then Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner.

The fifth and final series of Being Human was screened in February–March 2013. At the same time Molony starred in the play "If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep" at the Royal Court Theatre.[7]

Damien's television slate grew when he joined the cast of Victorian BBC show Ripper Street in series 2 as Detective Constable Albert Flight. He appeared in 7 of 8 episodes, airing November–December 2013 on BBC One in the UK and February–April 2014 on BBC America. The crime drama was set in London's Whitechapel in the period following the Jack the Ripper murders.

Molony returned to theatre, alongside William Gaminara in the play The Body of an American by Dan O'Brien in January–February 2014 at the Gate Theatre (London) about the conversation of a war photographer and a struggling playwright.[8]

The actor then landed the role of Detective Sergeant Jack Weston in innovative crime procedural Suspects. The drama is shot in a documentary style, using fly-on-the-wall filming techniques. Series 1, comprising five episodes, aired in February–March 2014 on Channel 5 in the UK. The fifth and latest series of the show aired in August 2016, with a new cast line-up and a change in format [9] with Molony taking centre stage in a six part story. All five series of the show have also reached American audiences via streaming service Acorn TV.[10]

Molony was cast as Robert Putnam in an HBO pilot, The Devil You Know, created by Jenji Kohan and directed by Gus Van Sant in 2015, alongside Eddie Izzard and Karen Gillan. Set in 17th century New England and focusing on the Salem witch trials, the drama filmed in Boston USA, but was not picked up by the network.

Damien's first role in a feature film was as the character Ross in Kill Your Friends, adapted from the novel by John Niven, set in the music industry in the Britpop era. The film's theatrical premiere via Altitude Films took place in the UK and Europe November 2015, followed by a US release with Well Go USA April 2016

His second feature film Tiger Raid, shot in the deserts of Jordan, saw him star in a leading role alongside Brian Gleeson and Sofia Boutella.[11] A dark thriller about a tiger kidnapping in Iraq, the film world premiered at Tribeca International Film festival April 2016,[12] with a UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival June [13] and a UK DVD and VOD release 17 October 2016.

In September–October 2015 Molony starred alongside Aidan McArdle and Adam Fergus in the RTÉ One crime drama mini-series Clean Break.

He appeared as Anthony in new Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Crashing in the UK January 2016 on Channel 4. The quirky sitcom became internationally available later in the year via Netflix.

Damien also returned to the stage in 2016, appearing in No Man's Land alongside Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Owen Teale.[14] Directed by Sean Mathias, the production toured the UK from August, before a run a Wyndham's Theatre in London until 17 December, with a National Theatre Live broadcast to cinemas worldwide 15 December.

21 February 2017 Molony was announced as cast in comedy sitcom GameFace, written by Roisin Conaty who also stars as the lead character Marcella. He will be playing Marcella's long-suffering driving instructor Jon. The six episode series will air in 2017 on UK TV channel E4. [15]

Blood Donation[edit]

Damien has been a regular blood donor since 2012 after someone close to him needed blood during cancer treatment. [16] He has since raised awareness of the importance of blood donation and campaigned to motivate others via his Twitter page, [17] pledging to ReTweet his followers' post-donation photos.[18] After his thirteenth donation in February 2017, Damien encouraged others to "consider registering to donate", "save lives", "burn calories" and "feel really proud".[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012-2013 Being Human Hal Yorke Series 4-5
2013 Ripper Street Detective Constable Albert Flight Series 2
2014- Suspects DS Jack Weston[20] Series 1-5
2015 Clean Break Danny Dempsey[21]
2015 Kill Your Friends Ross[22]
2015 The Devil You Know Robert Putnam[23]
2016 Crashing Anthony
2016 Tiger Raid Paddy[24]
2017 GameFace Jon[25]
2017 The Current War Bourke Cockran[26]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Location References
2007 Riders to the Sea Bartley Touring Ireland [27]
2008 A Vampire Story Mint Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare Youth Theatre Kildare [28]
2011 Tis Pity She’s A Whore Giovanni West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds [29]
2012 Travelling Light Motl Lyttelton theatre London [30]
2012 First Person Shooter Reading WordTheatre at The Latitude Festival Suffolk, England [31]
2013 If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep Jason Royal Court Theatre London [32]
2014 The Body of an American Dan Gate London [33]
2014 Heart Strings: Bittersweet Love Stories Readings St. James Theatre London [34]
2014-2015 The Hard Problem Spike National Theatre London [35]
2016 No Man's Land Foster Wyndham's Theatre, London London [36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 All-Ireland One Act Drama Festival[27] Best Overall Performance Riders to the Sea Won
2011 Spotlight Prize[37] Best Actor/Actress CDS drama schools Nominated
2011 Ian Charleson Awards 2011 [38] Ian Charleson Award Tis Pity She’s A Whore, West Yorkshire Playhouse Won
2013 SFX Awards 2013 [39] Best Actor Being Human Nominated
2014 Off West End Theatre Awards 2014[40] Best Male Actor The Body Of An American Nominated
2016 National Television Awards 2016 [41] Drama Performance Suspects Nominated

Other Works[edit]

Year Title Type Role References
2013 The Commitments BBC Radio 4 Drama James Clifford [42]
2013 The Hill Bachelors BBC Radio NI Drama Paulie [43]
2013-2016 Poetry Please BBC Radio 4 Reading Several Readings [44][45]
2014 Raven Audiobook Reader [46]
2015 Me and the Devil BBC Radio 4 Reading Reader [47]
2017 Bottle Man BBC Radio 4 Reading Reader [48]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchinson, Charles. "Review: ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, until May 28", The Press (York), 21 May 2011
  2. ^ "'Being Human' death was 'horrendous', says Crichlow", BBC, 6 February 2012
  3. ^ Being Human Series Four - Damien Molony interview, SFX, 1 February 2012
  4. ^ "When the HurlyBurly's Done"
  5. ^ Damien Molony 2013 Interview
  6. ^ "Travelling Light" at the National Theatre site
  7. ^ "If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep" at the Royal Court Theatre site
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Channel 5 Announce the return of Suspects: new cast and shocking storyline for series 5" damienmolony.org, 11 February 2017
  10. ^ https://acorn.tv/suspects/ "Suspects" acorn.tv
  11. ^ "Tiger Raid" official site
  12. ^ "Tiger Raid" tribecafilm.com
  13. ^ "Tiger Raid edfilmfest.org.uk
  14. ^ "No Man's Land" official site
  15. ^ "Gameface gets going, Channel 4 Press"
  16. ^ Blood Donor Magazine Summer 2013
  17. ^ Damien Molony inspired fans to donate
  18. ^ Blood Donor Magazine Summer 2013
  19. ^ Damien Molony makes 13th blood donation, inspires others to "save lives", "burn calories" and "feel really proud"
  20. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3729877/
  21. ^ http://rteonenewseason.rte.ie/portfolio/clean-break/
  22. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2474958/
  23. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4503022/
  24. ^ http://storyfilm.com/tigerraid/
  25. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/gameface-gets-going
  26. ^ https://www.spotlight.com/6211-3492-2176
  27. ^ a b "Riders to the Sea". balallyplayers.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "A Selection of Reviews and Evaluations of KYT productions". Kildareyouththeatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  29. ^ Alfred Hickling (13 May 2011). "'Tis Pity She's a Whore – review". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  30. ^ Michael Billington (19 January 2012). "Travelling Light - review". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  31. ^ "WordTheatre at The Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England - July 12, 2012 - July 15, 2012". Wordtheatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  32. ^ Philip Fisher (2013). "If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep". Britishtheatreguide.info. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  33. ^ Lyn Gardner (26 January 2014). "The Body of an American – review". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  34. ^ "Heart Strings: Bittersweet Love Stories". wordtheatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  35. ^ Peter Craven (21 May 2015). "The Hard Problem review: Olivia Vinall shimmers in minor Tom Stoppard offering". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  36. ^ Charlotte Marshall (27 April 2016). "Damien Molony joins No Man's Land". officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  37. ^ "2011 Spotlight Prize Nominees announced!". Spotlight.com. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  38. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2011". iancharlesonawards.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  39. ^ "SFX Magazine 2013: SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2013. Edition: October 2013. Page:70-73". 
  40. ^ "The Off West End Theatre Awards". offwestend.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  41. ^ "Suspects and Damien Molony nominated in 21st National Television Awards". 
  42. ^ "The Commitments". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  43. ^ "Afternoon Drama: The Hill Bachelors". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  44. ^ "Poetry Please. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by WB Yeats". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  45. ^ "Radio". Damienmolony.org. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  46. ^ "Raven". fantomfilms.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  47. ^ "Me and the Devil". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  48. ^ "Bottle Man". bbc.co.uk. 

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