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Damien Molony 2015


Way back in January we declared 2015 ‘The Year Of The Damo‘ and how right we turned out to be! Our favourite actor has kept us fans endlessly and dazzlingly entertained in every arena, with incredible projects in TV, theatre, radio and film.

The months of 2015 have been filled with anticipation, excitement, entertainment, appreciation and myriad ‘Molony Moments’ – take a look back at the year with us, as we celebrate our favourites.

 

The Hard Problem
All the world’s a stage and Damien was on it

 

The National Theatre, 2015, © Johan Persson

The National Theatre, 2015, © Johan Persson

Our favourite actor returned to the stage at London’s National Theatre for five whole months in The Hard Problem, Sir Tom Stoppard’s first play in years and Sir Nicolas Hytner’s last as director at the National.

From 21 January to 17 May, Damien brought the witty, intellectual Spike, often in ‘a state of undress’, to life, in sizzling and vivid performance alongside Olivia Vinal. It was vibrant, energetic, stimulating and quite frankly brilliant.

The play was also broadcast simultaneously to cinemas worldwide 16 April with National Theatre Live, making it accessible to more fans and giving international fans a precious opportunity to see our fave actor perform on stage ‘live’.

Our Molony Moments? Nothing to do with the silky robe or toplessness, at. all.

The Hard Problem GIF The Hard Problem GIF 2 Damien Molony Spike The Hard Problem

 
 

Suspects
Jack was Back and better than ever!

 

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© Channel 5

Damien returned to UK TV screens as DS Jack Weston in not one but two series ofSuspects in 2015, beginning and ending the year with more of our favourite TV detective in our favourite crime drama.

Series 3 aired 13 – 20 January Series 4 25 November – 16 December on Channel 5 and Jack was totally back, fighting crime, chasing down and grilling the suspects in the interview room with that compelling mix of Jack Sass and sensitivity.

This year Suspects showed it had established itself in the field of crime drama and that its unique format puts it in a class of its own. With gripping and gritty storylines, Damien and co-stars Fay Ripley and Clare-Hope Ashitey demonstrated increasingly impressive improv skills and delivered top-notch performances across both series.

Damien was deservedly nominated for best drama performance for his portrayal of Jack Weston in the 2016 National Television Awards, with Suspects nominated in the drama category. The show was also nominated for Best Drama Series in the TV Choice Awards.

Our only complaint about Suspects this year? It always ends too soon and Jack always leaves us wanting more!

Our Molony Moments:
Suspects Series 3 Episode 1 Suspects Series 4 episode 1 Jack and Ken Suspects 4.04 GIF

 
 

Clean Break
knockout performance as Danny Dempsey

 

Danny Dempsey Poster Clean Break

In 2015 we were thrilled to meet brand new Damien character Danny Dempsey in Clean Break, which arrived on RTÉ One in October for a 4 episode series.
In the run up to the premiere, we enjoyed new cast interviews and our first glimpse of DaMo as Danny a thrilling new trailer.

We were excited for this one from the moment Damien was announced as cast, and were not disappointed. Our fave actor delivered a knockout performance when he made his Danny Dempsey debut. The beautifully shot drama and masterfully woven story showcased Damien’s hallmark talent in conveying conflicted and angsty characters as he brought Danny to life.

Our Molony Moments:
Clean Break Danny Dempsey GIF Danny Dempsey GIF Clean Break Episode 3 Danny Screencap 3

 
 

Kill Your Friends
DaMo on the Big. Screen. (and the red carpet!)

 

Kill Your Friends GIF
This year was a momentous one for fans and Damien alike as he appeared as the character Ross in his first feature film Kill Your Friends. The movie toured the world in film festivals including Cannes and TIFF and opened in cinemas in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Thailand, Switzerland.

Our first glimpse of Damien in the official trailer came in August and we were treated to awesome photos and interviews with Damien on the red carpet at the UK premiere 22 October. On the UK theatrical release day 5 November, Damien also gifted fans a killer behind the scenes photo.

Our Molony Moments:
Kill Your Friends Premiere Kill Your Friends Premiere GIF Kill Your Friends Damien Twitter photo

 
 

Poetry Please
Mr Radio 4 with poems galore (and more)

 

Poetry Please May 2015© BBC Radio 4

Poetry Please May 2015
© BBC Radio 4

If Damien had not already established himself as Mr Radio 4 in previous years, 2015 confirmed it – appearing no less than five times on BBC Radio 4.

Damien delivered magical, beguiling readings in an impressive range of accents as the actor reader on renowned BBC Poetry Please in four separate programmes: ‘Bubble and Squeak’ 15 February, ‘Bloomsday’ 14 June, ‘June Miscellany’ 21 June and ‘Pot Luck’ 25 October. He gave voice to a (staggering) total of 19 poems, including Joyce, Yeats, Rossetti and Keats.

Damien also appeared on a programme celebrating New Irish Writing reading Eimear Mcbride’s short story ‘Me and the Devil‘.

This much voice talent alone was enough to declare 2015 ‘Year Of The DaMo’.

Our Molony Moments:

 

Tiger Raid
Exclusives and teasers and treats, oh my!

 

© Story Film

© Story Film

We may not have a date for the Tiger Raid film festival premiere yet, but oh my did we have some awesome, awesome treats and teasers for the film this year.

Our first look at Damien in Tiger Raid came in February when Story Film released the first promo images and the DaMo fandom could hardly be contained when we glimpsed Damien’s bandit-like blacked out eyes as his character Paddy in the film.

In May Story Film shared an exciting exclusive post production photo with DMF. In October, spectacular unseen behind-the-scenes TIGER RAID photos were released. And, just in time for Christmas, Story Film kindly gifted DMF with an Exclusive Damien Character Photo.

We cannot wait for the film’s release and hope to be back here this time next year with our favourite big screen Damien moments.

Our Molony Moments:
Tiger Raid Post Production Tiger Raid behind the scenes 1 (copyright Story Film) Tiger Raid Damien Molony behind the scenes

 
 

Crashing..
on to our screen in 2016

 

© Channel 4

© Channel 4

We can hardly contain ourselves for this one! In August, Damien revealed in an interviewthat he was about to begin filming for a new comedy drama project. This month Channel 4 announced he will be appearing in Crashing, a “comedy drama that crashes straight into the lives and loves of six twenty-something adults living together as Property Guardians in a disused hospital.”

Just 2 days ago the first explosive trailer aired on Channel 4 and if this wasn’t exciting enough Crashing premieres in under 3 weeks time, 11 January 2016!

We cannot wait to be here this time next year with more Crashing Molony Moments!

Our Molony Moments:
Crashing promo Crashing Trailer Crashing Trailer

 
 

DaMo Exclusives: The man himself

 

© Damien Molony

© Damien Molony

Some of our top Molony Moments of 2015 came from Damien himself, who provided fans with many DaMo delights throughout the year.

At the beginning of the year Damien personalised Suspects prizes for our DMF charity fundraiser. His generosity helped us raise £580 for Embrace CVOC, a charity offering support to child victims of crime.

This year Damien has also continued to make a difference with his blood donationcampaign, inspiring fans to give blood and reaching his own personal donation milestone when he donated his tenth pint in December.

And finally.. we are truly grateful to Damien for continuing to share exclusive behind the scenes treats for us fans to enjoy, via his Twitter and Instagram pages (not following him yet? Make this your first New Years resolution*).

We couldn’t do justice to them all without writing a book, (*plus you really should be following him on Twitter and Instagram to see for yourselves). But standouts (of many, honestly, *go and look) were his adorkable Twitter profile selfie from his dressing room during The Hard Problem, his hilarious Danny Dempsey photo from behind the scenes of Clean Break and his revealing Jack Weston unzipped Suspects behind the scenes video.

Our top Molony, Molony moments:

Damien Twitter Profile Photo 2015 Clean Break behind the scenes Suspects Damien behind the scenes video

 
 

Thank you to Damien for continuing to let his talent shine and for sharing it with the world.

And thank you to all our fellow Molonians for continuing to support him and the Damien Molony Forum!

We can feel another Year of the DaMo coming on in 2016 and hope you will all be there to share it with us.

 

 
 
What were your favourite Molony Moments of 2015? Share them below!


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Fantastic roundup of the 2015 year of the Damo, domino! I have a personal favourite Molony moment in 2015 which was meeting the lovely man himself at the stage door after The Hard Problem. Other than that there were so many wonderful Molony moments it's too hard to pick just one, but I have to say his reading of Me and the Devil was something that's really stayed with me.

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What a great year it has been! I was just introduced to Damien this year, so looks like I picked a great time to join the club! My favorite moment was being introduced to Hal for the first time... oh and that slow mo unzip LOL
Looking forward to Crashing and all kinds of new goodies next year!

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Domino, you have really outdone yourself with this roundup!  I found myself mesmerized and giddy reading on all the Damien goodies and thinking "hot damn this really HAS been the year of the DaMo"!  I had experienced all of these Molony moments throughout the year, but seeing it all gathered up here (with your masterful and witty storytelling) is just something else!

Geeze, so hard to pick just one or two or three favorites...

Watching The Hard Problem was a highlight for me because it brought my friends together with me for a weekend.  Friends that I wouldn't have if it weren't for Damien and Being Human.  

Crashing is a highlight because, as you said before, it's new and shiny and brilliantly bonkers!  I can't tell you how excited I am to see him in a lighthearted roll. (Bring on some DaMo smiles! biggrin)

And then there's Tiger Raid. Salivating to see that!  So many wonderful (many only thanks to your liasoning skills) sneak peeks into what will surely be an explosive movie. thud

Thank you Damien for continuing all your hard work and dedication to your craft.  You are a gift to us fans.

Thank you domino for all your hard work and dedication to find all these Molony moments as they happen (sometimes before they are even reported elsewhere!) and for providing a place for us to enjoy them together. grouphug

Bring on 2016, another year of the DaMo!!!



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SO glad you enjoyed this round up guys.. I wanted to do the year justice but it was not possible to include every amazing moment. and there were many!

On top of all the wonderful projects we had the joy to watch / hear last year, thinking back to all those moments of anticipation, and revelation, every bit of news.. sharing reactions with you all...

Whimsy and Rosie thank you for being marvelous Mods this year and for all your help and support! There were times this year that I honestly could not have done it without your encouragement.

Thanks for the lovely words whimsy...

LauraLizzie, welcome to the DMF family, thank you for joining in this year!

Thank you to all the wonderful forumers who have taken the time to not just read the news but who have participated, it is all of you who make this a community and it is the connection with all of you from all over the world that I am most grateful for.

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Thanks for a brilliant year!

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And here's to 2016 and another year of the Damo!



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I wonder what will be in the 2016 Molony moments?!

Thank you for being a wonderful webmistress, domino, and working so hard to bring us all the Damo delights.

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Wow! An excellent article domino.....2015 has been quite a year!  It's virtually impossible to select just one favourite....

Tiger Raid has to be pretty high up there - we've had some pretty amazing glimpses and the anticipation is huge.  It's been dangled in front of us all year, but we're still waiting.....hopefully it's release will be a highlight of 2016.  It was a very exciting moment to see Damien in KYF - his first feature film. And the red carpet pictures/interviews....

I have to agree with Rosie about Me and the Devil.....I remember I missed the first few seconds when it was on the radio, and wasn't sure what was going on to start with, but was totally mesmerised by it!

And ahhh....Danny Dempsey! This time last year we already knew about Clean Break, but knowing so little about it (and not knowing if I would even get to watch it!) made it slip under the radar somewhat, right up until it was about to air!  But it definitely produced some of my favourite Damo moments of 2015...

From an entirely personal perspective, this was the year that I finally got to see Travelling Light at the NT archive....I've wanted to see it for so long, it was fantastic to finally get there (thanks littleimpulse!)

But actually seeing Damien live on stage is always going to be something special.  The Hard Problem may not have been the best theatre production I saw this year, but I feel very privilaged to be able to watch Damien in the flesh (as it were)(....that definitely sounded much less creepy in my head....!) He has a captivating stage presence.....and, like whimsy, it was an opportunity to catch up with friends (including Jozie...who I wasn't sure I'd ever see again - hello Jozie!!)  I don't think anything will ever top seeing Damien perform live.....

2016 is off to a flying start with Crashing starting in just a couple of weeks.  And s5 of Suspects - hopefully coming soon.  Fingers crossed for Tiger Raid...

And yes! - thank you domino....for everything smileyflowers

 

 



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Thank you Rosie and fifi, you are both very kind.

Yes, exactly! Although we've been impatient for some projects to come to fruition. like Tiger Raid, look at all the gorgeous treats we have been given! There is much to be said for anticipation and it has certainly been an exciting year full of that!

The Hard Problem had to be top of the list.. Damien spent 5 months of the year delivering performance after performance, night after night, with such vivacity and conviction. (stripping off on stage night after night too. Phewy!) The play itself, although it had a mixed reception, was a massive milestone, It is a true highlight of his career. At the Royal National Theatre, the last play directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner , his last hurrah of his NT directorship, the first play in years for esteemed legendary playwright Sir Tom Stoppard..just WOW. Take a bow Mr M.



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Who remembers the excitement when we first saw the The Hard Problem trailer?

(I have an ulterior motive for posting this too...)



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