Bio & Career
2003 – 2007: Attended Trinity College Dublin – graduating with BA in Business and Political Science
2008: (March) Played Mint in A Vampire Story with Kildare Youth Theatre, New Connections at National Theatre
2008 – 2011: Attended Drama Centre London – graduating with BA in Acting
2010: Played male lead Jacob in award-winning short film When The Hurlyburly’s Done
2011: Nominated for the 2011 Spotlight Prize
2011: (May) Played male lead Giovanni in stage play ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore at West Yorkshire Playhouse
2012: (January – June) Played male lead as Motl and Nate in stage play Travelling Light at the National Theatre and UK tour
2012: (5 February – 25 March) Played male lead Hal in BBC TV Drama Being Human Series 4
2012: (July) Performed with Word Theatre at Adam Street Club, Chatsworth House and Latitude Festival
2013: (4 January) Radio debut in BBC Radio 4 Student Stories
2013: (3 February – 10 March) Played male lead Hal in BBC TV Drama Being Human Series 5
2013: (15 February-9 March) Played Workman/Jason/Ray in If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep at Royal Court Theatre, London
2013: (3 June) Played male lead in BBC Radio NI Drama The Hill Bachelors
2013: 4 November – 16 December) Appeared in BBC TV Drama Ripper Street Series 2 as DC Albert Flight
2013: (11 November) Announced as lead cast in Channel 5 drama Suspects
2013: (15 December) Played James Clifford in radio version of The Commitments, BBC Radio 4
2013: (16 Jan – 8 march) Appeared in The Body of an American, at The Gate Theatre and the Royal & Derngate
2014: (22 February – 12 April) Appeared as DC Albert Flight in Ripper Street Series 2 on BBC America
2014: (March – April) filmed for Britpop movie Kill Your Friends
2014: (31 August) Actor reader on BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please Yeats special
2014: (30 September) Read two short stories at WordTheatre event Heart Strings: Bittersweet Love Stories
2014: (3 October) Announced as cast in Tom Stoppard play The Hard Problem, National Theatre
2014: (15 November) Announced as narrator for Fantom Films audio book Raven
2014: (November) Announced as joining new RTÉ TV drama Clean Break, playing character Danny Dempsey
2015: (21 January – 27 May) Appeared as Spike in The Hard Problem at the National Theatre and NT Live 16 April
2015: (15 February) Actor reader on BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please Bubble and Squeak
2015: (13 march) Announced as cast in HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know
2015: (27 March) Read short story Me and The Devil on BBC Radio 4
2015: (14 June) Actor reader on BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please Bloomsday programme
2015: (21 June) Actor reader on BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please June Miscellany programme
2015: (27 September – 18 October) Appeared as Danny Dempsey in Clean break Series 1 on RTÉ One
2015: (August – present) Appearing as Ross in feature film Kill Your Friends at international film festivals, UK release 6 November, US 1 April 2016
2015: (25 October) Actor reader on BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please ‘Pot Luck’
2015: (17 December) Announced as cast in Channel 4 comedy drama Crashing as Anthony
2016: (11 January – 15 February) Appeared as Anthony in Crashing
2016: (25 June) Tiger Raid UK premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival
2016: (7 July) Tiger Raid Irish premiere at Galway International Film Festival
2016: (24 August) Tiger Raid English premiere at Chichester International Film Festival
2016: (3 August – 17 December) Appeared as Foster (‘Jack’) in No Man’s Land, UK tour from August, London until 17 December, NT Live international cinema broadcast 15 December, encore screenings through 2017
2017: (21 February) Announced as cast in comedy sitcom GameFace as the character Jon, due to air on UK TV channel E4 in 2017
2017: (26 February) Reader in BBC Radio 4 short story Bottle Man
2017: (March) revealed as cast in feature film The Current War
2017: (9 September) The Current War world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Theatrical release 2018 (tba)
2017: (22 September – 28 October) Appeared as Edmund in King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre
2017: (12 October – 9 November) Appeared as Jon in GameFace on UK TV (E4) & on Hulu (US), ABC Comedy (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand)
2018: (7 January) Starred as Giovanni in BBC Radio 3 production of Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford
2018: (28 January) Starred as Tristan Frey in BBC Radio 3 production of The Effect by Lucy Prebble
Damien Molony is an Irish actor of stage, television, radio and film. Born 21 February 1984, he grew up in Johnstown Bridge, County Kildare, Ireland but is now based in London.
Damien’s interest in acting began when he was just 3 years old (1) and as a child was mesmerized by the magic of film and television (2) and knew he was going to be an actor one day (3).
Ironically it was his love for film that lost Damien a place at The Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin, when in his interview he gave the sweeping camera shot in the opening of ‘The Lord Of the Rings’ as the ‘most important cultural moment of 2002’.(4) But this spurred him on to gain practical and acting experience for his portfolio for when he next applied to performing arts schools.
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a Business and Politics degree in 2007, Damien toured Ireland with the Balally Players in the one-act play Riders to the Sea, which went on to win in the final at the One-Act Drama Festival with Damien being nominated for best actor. He also worked with Kildare Youth Theatre and appeared in their Irish premiere production of Moira Buffini’s A Vampire Story playing Mint, as part of the National Theatre London’s New Connections programme. Riverbank Arts Centre, March 2008.
He then successfully landed a place on a 3 year BA hons acting course at Drama Centre London (2008-2011).
During his acting degree Damien had roles in a number of theatre productions, including Edmund in King Lear at Shakespeare in Styria in 2010, Fraser Cullen in A Russian In The Woods and Compass in A Cure For A Cuckold.
Damien’s professional acting career began even before he had graduated from drama school and has continued on a steep trajectory.
In his first year, Damien was selected to play the male lead in film short When The Hurlyburly’s Done (2010) which went on to win many awards including Best Narrative Short at Geneva Film Festival, USA.
He was offered the role of Giovanni in John Ford play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore after being spotted in his drama school showcase, which ran from 7 – 28 May 2011 at the West Yorkshire playhouse. Damien went on to win the 2012 Ian Charleson Award second prize, for his performance.
It was at the same showcase that Damien came to the attention of casting director Di Carling, who put him forward to audition for the part of Hal in BBC Being Human, and as soon as the play finished, Damien was in Cardiff filming for Being Human series 4.
Damien then appeared as Motl and Nate in Nicolas Wright’s ‘love story’ to early cinema Travelling Light in a five month run at the National Theatre and touring across the country, with a live broadcast to cinemas across the world as part of National Theatre Live 9th February 2012. Damien played the male lead, alongside Sir Antony Sher.
2012 also saw Damien’s first performance with WordTheatre, who bring “the world’s best contemporary literature to life through live performances.” Damien gave readings at Latitude Festival, Adam Street Club London and Chatsworth House.
Anders Lustgarten’s politically charged ‘without decor’ production If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep at the Royal Court Theatre, London, found Damien playing three contrasting characters for his next stage work, in an intense three-week run early 2013. The play, a dystopian commentary on capitalism and inspired by the occupy movement, was featured in an in-depth item on the Channel 4 News.
In 2013 Damien also made his radio debut in two BBC Radio NI Dramas, Student Stories and The Hill Bachelors, both airing on BBC Radio 4. Damien then appeared in his next TV role as Detective Constable Albert Flight in the second series of BBC One Victorian drama Ripper Street in the UK in November – December 2013. The series also aired 22 February – 12 April 2014 on BBC America.
Ahead of the Ripper Street 2 finale in the uk, Damien was back on BBC Radio 4 in his latest radio project as James ‘the Soul Surgeon’ Clifford in BBC NI Radio adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, which aired 15 December.
17 January to 8 March 2014 saw Damien in a successful UK theatre run in Dan O’Brien’s two-man play The Body of an American at The Gate theatre and the Royal & Derngate. He portrayed Dan O’Brien in the play, but both actors played multiple roles.
Damien appeared as the male lead DS Jack Weston in brand new innovative Channel 5 cop drama Suspects in February / March 2014. At the end of Series 1, the channel announced it had commissioned a further two series, returning in Autumn 2014 for series 2 and 2015 for series 3.
A month later in April, it was confirmed that Damien had been cast in and completed filming on his first feature film Kill Your Friends as the character Ross. Based on the book by John Niven, the film was announced for a 2015 release.
DS Jack Weston returned to UK TV from 20 August – 28 August 2014 in Suspects series 2. The short but well received season comprised two 2-part specials (4 episodes) with many UK drama and soap alumni guest starring.
Damien’s voice returned to the airwaves shortly after, as the actor reader for BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please Yeats special 31 August 2014, reading 5 classic W.B Yeats poems.
Throughout August and September 2014, Damien tweeted a series of clues about filming for a new role in Jordan. The feature film was revealed to be Tiger Raid, which completed post production in 2015. At the end of September, Damien was back performing with WordTheatre giving two readings at Heartstrings: Bittersweet Love Stories.
It was announced in October that Damien had joined the cast for upcoming National Theatre production of Sir Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem. Tickets sold out for the much-anticipated production in just two days.
In November 2014 a new TV role was announced for Damien, in brand new Irish RTÉ drama Clean Break, playing character Danny Dempsey. The series filmed in Wexford, Ireland during November and December 2014.
An early Christmas present arrived 24 December 2014, with the release of Damien’s first audio book Raven, comprising a full 5 CDs of narration, including an impressive range of voices and accents for all the characters.
The beginning of 2015 saw the return of DS Jack Weston in Suspects Series 3, airing on Channel 5 for 4 episodes 13 – 21 January. At the end of the final episode, series 4 was announced for summer 2015. It was also announced that all four series of Suspects will air in Australia.
Damien returned to the National Theatre stage as the character Spike in Tom Stoppard play The Hard Problem 21 January, alongside Olivia Vinall, Vera Chok, Jonathan Coy, Anthony Calf, Lucy Robinson and Parth Thakerar. The play originally intended to run until the 27 April, but due to selling out quickly, was extended to 27 May 2015. The production was also broadcast live to cinemas across the world by National Theatre Live 16 April.
15 February 2015 saw Damien back on BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please reading Sailing to Byzantium By WB Yeats.
In March, Damien was announced as cast in new HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know, as character Robert Putnam alongside Eddie Izzard and Karen Gillam. The drama completed filming in Boston, USA at the end of 2014. The pilot is yet to be picked up to series.
Making his third and fourth appearances on the world-renowned BBC Radio 4 programme, Damien was the actor reader on two consecutive broadcasts of BBC Poetry Please 14 and 21 June 2015, in a special Bloomsday programme and ‘June Miscellany.’ He read 8 works from a variety of poets on each episode.
Damien appeared as Danny Dempsey in suspenseful crime drama Clean Break, on Irish TV channel RTÉ One. The four-part series written by Billy Roche aired from 27 September – 18 October 2015.
Damien’s first feature film Kill Your Friends premiered at Cannes Film Festival March 2015. The film opened at cinemas in a UK / Ireland 6 November 2015, with further theatrical releases worldwide and a US release 1 April 2016.
At the RTÉ launch for Clean Break in August 2015, Damien revealed his casting in a new unnamed comedy drama, and in October that he had completed filming.
In October and November 2015 Damien and director Steve Hughes revealed filming for new episodes of Suspects, the first indirect confirmation of a fifth series. Soon after, Suspects Series 4 aired, 25 November – 16 December 2015 on Channel 5, comprising 4 episodes.
Christmas came early in 2015, when in December Damien’s mystery comedy drama project was announced as Crashing, written by Phoebe-Waller Bridge, who also starred. Damien appeared as Anthony in series 1 of the comedy from 11 January – 15 February 2016 on Channel 4.
April 2016 was a big month for Damien projects, with Channel 5 officially confirming a fifth series of Suspects and Tiger Raid making its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival New York, where it was met with critical acclaim.
Damien was next seen on UK TV screens when Suspects returned with the fifth series 3 August 2016. His character DS Jack Weston was central to the series, the first to feature one dramatic storyline extending across 6 episodes and with a developed format where the audience ‘went home with’ the detectives. The new series saw the loss of Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley) and a new lineup, with Damien’s former Being Human co-star Lenora Crichlow, Perry Fitzpatrick and James Murray joining the cast.
On the same day, Damien was also back on the stage in No Man’s Land, when the production began its UK tour, Sheffield 3 – 13 August, Newcastle 15 – 20 August, Brighton 22 – 27 August, Cardiff 29 August – 3 September, before a run at London Wyndham’s Theatre 8 September – 17 December 2016. A worldwide live cinema broadcast 15 December saw Damien in his third National Theatre Live performance, with a post show cast and director Q & A and encore screenings continuing in 2017.
Damien’s voice was back on the airwaves 26 February 2017 when he returned to BBC Radio 4, reading Bottle Man as part of a series featuring specially commissioned short stories by some of Ireland’s most exciting writers.
Damien revealed in March he would be appearing in feature film The Current War, a biographical historical film about the ‘war of currents’ between electrical pioneers Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), playing the character Bourke Cockran. The movie world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 9 September 2017 and is set for a theatrical release in 2018.
Damien made his return to the stage 22 September 2017, appearing in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear until 28 October. He played Edmund alongside Sir Ian McKellen (in the titular role), Sinead Cusack and Jonathan Bailey.
Appearing in a pivotal role as the character Jon, his return to TV came when GameFace premiered in the UK 12 October on TV channel E4. Soon after, the series reached international audiences via Hulu (USA), ABC Comedy (Australia) and TVNZ (New Zealand).
In January 2018 Damien starred in two substantial radio plays, both BBC Radio 3 productions – as Giovanni in Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford, 7 January, and as Tristan Frey in Lucy Prebble play The Effect, 28 January.
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