May. 25th, 1954
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Daragh O'Malley (born 25 May 1954) is an Irish film, theatre and television actor who has appeared in a large number of TV series, films and films for television. O'Malley is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the ever-faithful Patrick Harper in the long-running [1993-2009] Sharpe TV series with Sean Bean. O'Malley has appeared in a wide range of productions from films like The Long Good Friday and Withnail and I to episodes of Waking The Dead, Wire in the Blood and Silent Witness, as well as having leading roles in US productions including The Magnificent Seven, Texas, Vendetta, Cleopatra and The Iron Marshall. In 2011 O'Malley returned to the stage in the UK after a twelve-year absence playing John Rainey in a London revival of Mixed Marriage which by CouponDropDown">received positive reviews.
Biography Daragh O'Malley was raised in Limerick and educated by the Jesuits at Crescent College and by Carmelite monks at Terenure College in Dublin. His father, Donogh O'Malley, was an Irish politician who served as a TD for Limerick East from 1954 to 1968 and as his country's Minister for Health and later Minister for Education, introducing a Free Secondary and Third Level education system in Ireland which is credited with the subsequent large upsurge in the Irish economy.
O'Malley's mother, Hilda, a doctor from Dingle County Kerry, is the subject of Patrick Kavanagh's love poem "On Raglan Road".
O'Malley's late aunt, Meave - his father's sister - was singer Dido's grandmother.
O'Malley studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where one of his fellow students was Amy Irving. Irving once played Antigone to O'Malley's Creon.
On leaving LAMDA O'Malley was a founder member of Common Stock Theatre Company, one of London's first community theatre groups, which was based in an old church on Pentonville Road in London. A fellow founder member of Common Stock was Dame Harriet Walter.
Hobbies O'Malley has/had a keen interest in horse racing. Three successful horses that he owned were Mustang Prince (which won twelve races), Long-Haired Lover and Running Deer (which he named after a character in the Richard Harris film A Man Called Horse). O'Malley was a friend of the late Richard Harris - the two were often seen together at Dingle Races in Ireland, at Munster rugby matches in the UK, in Scott's pub in Kilkee, Co.Clare, Ireland, and in various hostelries in London. Harris also had racehorses - "Cromwell" and "A Tramp Shining".
Trivia When Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) was killed off from Dallas, he and O'Malley formed a partnership in a by CouponDropDown">film production company called European Motion Pictures.
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