Daragh Carville

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Daragh Carville, born in Armagh in 1969,[1] is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His theatre credits include Language Roulette (Bush Theatre, London and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Observatory (Peacock Theatre, Dublin) and This Other City (Grand Opera House, Belfast).[1]

Carville's first feature film, Middletown, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2006. The film, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Daniel Mays, Eva Birthistle and Gerard McSorley, was directed by Brian Kirk and produced by Michael Casey of Green Park Films. It was nominated in nine categories at the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay, with Eva Birthistle picking up the award for Best Actress.[2]

Carville’s second film, Cherrybomb, starring Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon and James Nesbitt and directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros d’Sa, was selected for the Generations section of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2009 Belfast Film Festival. Cherrybomb went on general release in the UK and Ireland in April 2010, distributed by Universal.

His television credits include episodes of BBC Three’s award-winning Being Human, BBC Northern Ireland’s student drama 6Degrees and the first series of The Smoke, a major new drama series produced by Kudos for Sky One. His radio credits include Regenerations (BBC Radio 3), which features on the BBC Audio release Doctor Who at the BBC: The Plays, and Dracula (BBC Radio 4) starring Michael Fassbender.

Carville has won the Stewart Parker and the Meyer-Whitworth awards. His new play The Life and Times of Mitchell & Kenyon opened at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster in April 2014.[3]

Daragh Carville lives in Lancaster with his wife, the novelist Jo Baker, and their two children. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.


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