Dermot Crowley

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Dermot Crowley
Headshot of Dermot Crowley
Born (1947-03-19) 19 March 1947 (age 77)
Cork, Ireland
Years active1976–present

Dermot Crowley (born 19 March 1947) is an Irish stage, film and television actor.

Life and career[edit]


Crowley's stage work has included a leading role in an Olivier Award winning production of Conor McPherson's The Weir, which played in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States in the late 1990s.[1] His first television role was playing George Bernard Shaw in the UK TV series Victorian Scandals in 1976.[2]

In 2011, he appeared in The Cripple of Inishmaan with the Druid Theatre Company at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. He won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance.

Film and television[edit]

Crowley played General Crix Madine in Return of the Jedi.[3] He played Sgt. François Duval in Son of the Pink Panther. Crowley went on to appear in Call Red, Father Ted (as Father Liam Deliverance), Dangerfield, Jonathan Creek, A Touch of Frost, Holby City, The Bill, Midsomer Murders and Luther, among others.[citation needed] In 1987 Crowley auditioned for the role of the Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who. Footage of his screen test was included on the special features of the DVD release of Time and the Rani.

Crowley also appeared as the crooked Mr. Simpson in The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, which was the very first episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot in 1989. He read the voice of Molloy on the Naxos 2003 Audiobook of Samuel Beckett's novel Molloy.[4]

He appeared in the feature film The Best Offer in 2013. In 2012 he starred in a new series Hunted for BBC One and HBO. He played George Ballard, an MI6 Spy Chief in episodes 4 and 5.[5]

Crowley often appears on BBC radio in drama such as Mind's Eye. In 2013, he played Pat Whyte in Father Figure. In 2017, he played the role of Lazar Kaganovich in the critically acclaimed political satire, The Death of Stalin.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Fruits of Philosophy George Bernard Shaw
1982 Giro City Flynne
1983 Return of the Jedi General Crix Madine Also known as Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Octopussy Lieutenant Kamp
Teamwork Patrick Molloy
1985 The Doctor and the Devils Mr. Webb
1987 Little Dorrit Mr. Simpson
1990 Wilt Braintree
The March Roy Cox
1993 Son of the Pink Panther Sergeant François Duval
1994 Staggered Dr. Barnet
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Dougal McDermott
2002 Before You Go Father Cunningham
2006 Babel Barth
2008 Gud, lukt och henne
2009 Holy Water Father Grogan
2013 The Best Offer Lambert
2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie P.R. Irwin
2015 The Lady in the Van Priest
National Theatre Live: Everyman Death
2017 The Foreigner Hugh McGrath
The Death of Stalin Lazar Kaganovich
2018 Black '47 Judge Bolton
2022 The Wonder Sir Otway
2023 Luther: The Fallen Sun DSU Martin Schenk
2023 Baltimore Donal


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Call Me Mister Detective Sergeant McBride 10 episodes
1989 Agatha Christie's Poirot Arthur Simpson 1 episode[6]
1991–2007 The Bill Various roles 4 episodes
1996 The Sculptress Father Julian 4 episodes
1996 Father Ted Father Liam Deliverance Episode: Rock a Hula Ted
1998 Jonathan Creek Norman Strangerson Episode: "Time Waits for Norman"
1998 Falling for a Dancer Neeley Scollard Television film
2002 Ultimate Force Jack Cullen Episode: The Killing Of A One-Eyed Bookie
2005 Bleak House Mr. Vholes 6 episodes
2006 Midsomer Murders Peter Hatchard Episode: Down Among The Dead Men
2007 Foyle's War Henry Townsend Episode: Casualties of War
2008 New Tricks Derek Bennett Episode: Final Curtain
2010–19 Luther DSU Martin Schenk 18 episodes
2012 Raw Dan Kelly 6 episodes
2013 Father Figure Pat Whyte 6 episodes
2024 The Woman in the Wall James Coyle 4 episodes


  1. ^ Phillips, Michael (2 April 1999). "Fears Spill Over the Dam in 'The Weir'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  2. ^ Crowley, Dermot. "Mr". IMDb. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "McCarter's holiday tradition continues". 16 December 2008. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  4. ^ Naxos Audiobooks (27 January 2016). "Molloy [by Samuel Beckett, Read by Dermot Crowley & Sean Barrett, Unabridged]". Naxos AudioBooks. Archived from the original on 10 June 2023. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Hunted". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, retrieved 19 November 2018

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