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Overview (1)

Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Damien Molony is an Irish actor, known for his television roles as Hal in BBC 'Being Human', DC Albert Flight in BBC 'Ripper Street' and DS Jack Weston in 'Suspects'. He grew up in Johnstown Bridge in Kildare, Ireland, where he was born on February 21 1984 but now lives in London, UK. From 2003 to 2007 he attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained a degree in Business and Political Science and began his acting career in 2007 touring Ireland with the Balally Players in 'Riders to the Sea', for which he was nominated as best actor in the One Act Drama Festival. In 2008 he also appeared with the Kildare Youth Theatre in their production 'A Vampire Story.'

Damien attended Drama Centre London 2008-2011, graduating with a BA in acting. While at drama school he performed in several theatre productions and played the male lead in award winning film short 'When The Hurlburly's Done'.

After being spotted in his drama showcase, he was offered the part of Giovanni in John Ford play ''Tis Pity She's a Whore', which ran 7 - 28 May 2011 at the Yorkshire Playhouse. At the same showcase, he came to the attention of casting agent Di Carling and landed his first leading male television role Hal, an over 500 year old vampire in BBC supernatural drama 'Being Human', appearing in every episode in series 4 in 2012 and series 5 in 2013.

In 2012, Damien played the lead in National Theatre production 'Travelling Light', playing two characters, Motl Mendl and Nate, alongside Sir Antony Sher, in a 5 month tour across the UK.

Other high profile theatre roles include Jason/Workman/Ray in Ander's Lustgarten's politically charged 'If You Don't Let Us Dream We, Won't Let You Sleep' at The Royal Court Theatre, London, 15 February - 9 March 2013 and as Dan O'Brien and multiple roles alongside William Gaminara in 'The Body Of An American' at the Gate Theatre, London 6 January - 8 February and the Royal & Derngate 27 February - 8 March 2014.

Damien returned to the National Theatre in 2015 when he played Spike in Tom Stoppard play 'The Hard Problem' from 28 January - 17 May 2015. The play was also broadcast live to cinemas across the world by NT Live.

Damien's television slate grew when he joined the cast of Victorian BBC drama 'Ripper Street' in Series 2, as Irish Detective Constable Albert Flight. He appeared in 7 of 8 episodes, airing 4 November - 16 December 2013 on BBC One UK and 22 February - 12 April 2014 on BBC America, US. The drama is set in Whitechapel London, in the period immediately following the Jack the Ripper murders.

Molony then landed the role of Detective Sergeant Jack Weston in Channel 5's innovative crime procedural 'Suspects'. Weston is described as having 'killer instinct', 'easy charm' and 'emotional intelligence'. The drama is shot in a documentary style, using fly-on-the-wall filming techniques and the actors improvise the dialogue based on a detailed plot description. Series 1 comprised 5 episodes, airing 12 February - 12 March 2014, series 2 comprised 4 episodes, airing 20 - 28 August 2014, Series 3 comprised 4 episodes, airing 13 -21 January 2015, series 4 comprised 4 episodes airing 25 November - 16 December 2015 on Channel 5 UK. A fifth series is expected to air in 2016.

Damien's first appearance on Irish TV came in new drama 'Clean Break', playing Danny Dempsey on Irish channel RTÉ One, Autumn 2015.

The actor also filmed a TV pilot for Jenji Kohan period drama 'The Devil You Know' playing Robert Putnam, alongside Eddie Izzard. The story is set in 17th century New England and focuses on the Salem witch trials.

2015 also saw Molony making his big screen debut, playing Ross in dark comedy film 'Kill Your Friends'. alongside Nicolas Hoult.

He will appear as Paddy in his second feature film in 2016, dark thriller 'Tiger Raid'. Brian Gleeson and Sofia Boutella also star.

In December 2015, the actor was announced as cast as Anthony in new Channel 4 comedy 'Crashing', written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge which was broadcast on Channel 4 January 2016.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Conflicted Domino

Trivia (1)

18 May 2012 - Won Sunday Times/National Theatre Ian Charleson Award, 2nd Prize, for playing Giovanni in 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (2011).

Personal Quotes (9)

I feel very privileged to be honest. It was a big leap of faith for everyone to take. Cast, crew and all the fans. When I got the job I was like - 'Oh no, don't replace Mitchell with another Irish Vampire!' But the characters are so different. We're just so excited that everyone has taken to it and really enjoys it.
A good actor is someone who gives everything. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable, don't be afraid to make a prick of yourself on stage, because that's what people want to see. That's what I try to bring.
I've learned to work my bollocks off. With auditions I read the play twice if not three times before. You work out the story and the character and the corners and the beat changes of the text, and I feel you have to want to try and make it as specific as you can, that this is Damien's version of the character.
Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances
When you're on stage a deep breath is very much physicalized and in the body, whereas you can almost breathe through your eyes on television; you don't get that on stage
A great actor is a great listener. And that's something I am learning. Listening is the key. You can't react truthfully unless you listen. If I could have brought that to every show I've done so far I would sleep easier at night. Listen every day. Just as the curtain comes up, I always say "listen".
I went from rarely ever reading plays, to reading one a day. I went from attending the theatre two or three times a year, to two or three times a week. And this was on top of 12 or 13 hours a day learning and honing my craft. I immersed myself. You could almost say I shut myself off from the world, so much was the singularity of my focus.
There was a great speech at the start of the Young Vic's Faust. There was an old man in a nursing home saying, "I've played Hamlet, I've played Richard II, I've played Lear, I've played them all." I was sitting there thinking, "That is what I want to do." I want to be able to look back and say I've played amazing parts, worked with great actors and amazing directors. That sounds very cheesy, but that really struck a chord with me
[on making the unscripted drama Suspects (2014)] It was daunting to begin with. None of us had ever done anything like this before. However, it was quite electrifying, and now, looking back, it's hard to figure out a way we could have done it better.

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