21 February 1984 |
Johnstown Bridge, County Kildare, Ireland
|Education||Drama Centre London|
|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.
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.
Molony's casting as vampire Hal in the BBC Three series Being Human 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. He has previously starred in the short film When the Hurlyburly's Done, filmed in Germany.
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. 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.
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.
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  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.
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. A dark thriller about a tiger kidnapping in Iraq, the film world premiered at Tribeca International Film festival April 2016, with a UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival June  and a UK DVD and VOD release 17 October 2016.
Damien also returned to the stage in 2016, appearing in No Man's Land alongside Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Owen Teale. 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.
Damien has been a regular blood donor since 2012 after someone close to him needed blood during cancer treatment. He has since raised awareness of the importance of blood donation and campaigned to motivate others via his Twitter page, pledging to ReTweet his followers' post-donation photos. After his thirteenth donation in February 2017, Damien encouraged others to "consider registering to donate", "save lives", "burn calories" and "feel really proud".
|2012-2013||Being Human||Hal Yorke||Series 4-5|
|2013||Ripper Street||Detective Constable Albert Flight||Series 2|
|2014-||Suspects||DS Jack Weston||Series 1-5|
|2015||Clean Break||Danny Dempsey|
|2015||Kill Your Friends||Ross|
|2015||The Devil You Know||Robert Putnam|
|2017||The Current War||Bourke Cockran|
|2007||Riders to the Sea||Bartley||Touring||Ireland|||
|2008||A Vampire Story||Mint||Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare Youth Theatre||Kildare|||
|2011||Tis Pity She’s A Whore||Giovanni||West Yorkshire Playhouse||Leeds|||
|2012||Travelling Light||Motl||Lyttelton theatre||London|||
|2012||First Person Shooter||Reading||WordTheatre at The Latitude Festival||Suffolk, England|||
|2013||If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep||Jason||Royal Court Theatre||London|||
|2014||The Body of an American||Dan||Gate||London|||
|2014||Heart Strings: Bittersweet Love Stories||Readings||St. James Theatre||London|||
|2014-2015||The Hard Problem||Spike||National Theatre||London|||
|2016||No Man's Land||Foster||Wyndham's Theatre, London||London|||
Awards and nominations
|2007||All-Ireland One Act Drama Festival||Best Overall Performance||Riders to the Sea||Won|
|2011||Spotlight Prize||Best Actor/Actress||CDS drama schools||Nominated|
|2011||Ian Charleson Awards 2011 ||Ian Charleson Award||Tis Pity She’s A Whore, West Yorkshire Playhouse||Won|
|2013||SFX Awards 2013 ||Best Actor||Being Human||Nominated|
|2014||Off West End Theatre Awards 2014||Best Male Actor||The Body Of An American||Nominated|
|2016||National Television Awards 2016 ||Drama Performance||Suspects||Nominated|
|2013||The Commitments||BBC Radio 4 Drama||James Clifford|||
|2013||The Hill Bachelors||BBC Radio NI Drama||Paulie|||
|2013-2016||Poetry Please||BBC Radio 4 Reading||Several Readings|||
|2015||Me and the Devil||BBC Radio 4 Reading||Reader|||
|2017||Bottle Man||BBC Radio 4 Reading||Reader|||
- Hutchinson, Charles. "Review: ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, until May 28", The Press (York), 21 May 2011
- "'Being Human' death was 'horrendous', says Crichlow", BBC, 6 February 2012
- Being Human Series Four - Damien Molony interview, SFX, 1 February 2012
- "When the HurlyBurly's Done"
- Damien Molony 2013 Interview
- "Travelling Light" at the National Theatre site
- "If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep" at the Royal Court Theatre site
- "Channel 5 Announce the return of Suspects: new cast and shocking storyline for series 5" damienmolony.org, 11 February 2017
- https://acorn.tv/suspects/ "Suspects" acorn.tv
- "Tiger Raid" official site
- "Tiger Raid" tribecafilm.com
- "Tiger Raid edfilmfest.org.uk
- "No Man's Land" official site
- "Gameface gets going, Channel 4 Press"
- Blood Donor Magazine Summer 2013
- Damien Molony inspired fans to donate
- Damien Molony makes 13th blood donation, inspires others to "save lives", "burn calories" and "feel really proud"
- "Riders to the Sea". balallyplayers.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "A Selection of Reviews and Evaluations of KYT productions". Kildareyouththeatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Alfred Hickling (13 May 2011). "'Tis Pity She's a Whore – review". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Michael Billington (19 January 2012). "Travelling Light - review". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "WordTheatre at The Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England - July 12, 2012 - July 15, 2012". Wordtheatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Philip Fisher (2013). "If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep". Britishtheatreguide.info. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Lyn Gardner (26 January 2014). "The Body of an American – review". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Heart Strings: Bittersweet Love Stories". wordtheatre.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Peter Craven (21 May 2015). "The Hard Problem review: Olivia Vinall shimmers in minor Tom Stoppard offering". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Charlotte Marshall (27 April 2016). "Damien Molony joins No Man's Land". officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "2011 Spotlight Prize Nominees announced!". Spotlight.com. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Ian Charleson Awards 2011". iancharlesonawards.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "SFX Magazine 2013: SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2013. Edition: October 2013. Page:70-73".
- "The Off West End Theatre Awards". offwestend.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Suspects and Damien Molony nominated in 21st National Television Awards".
- "The Commitments". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Afternoon Drama: The Hill Bachelors". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Poetry Please. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by WB Yeats". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Radio". Damienmolony.org. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Raven". fantomfilms.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Me and the Devil". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Bottle Man". bbc.co.uk.