Dermot Morgan

Dermot Morgan

45 (passed away Feb. 28th, 1998)
Mar. 31st, 1952
Born in
Dublin, Ireland

Dermot Morgan's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Father Ted (UK) TV Show
Father Ted (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Dermot went to University College Dublin, where he studied English and Philosopy. In 1974 he took up a teaching post, but left 2 years later to persue the comedy career that he had started at university. In 1979 his first introduction to TV came with an appearance on "Live Mike" on RTE television as Fr. Trendy, a catholic priest who was religiously hip. He became a regular for the next 4 years. His career took a slump in the mid-eighties, when his humour didn't fit in with the views of RTE who controlled the media in Ireland at the time. In 1988 he set up his own production company, Cue Productions and began work on a radio show called "Scrap Saturday". This show lampooned Irish politicians, and allowed him to use his wonderful talent for mimicry. In 1991, at the height of it's success the show was cancelled by RTE. He remained angry about the cancellation of the show for many years. He returned to doing stand up comedy. In 1995 he started his most popular show, "Father Ted" which won him several awards. He had just completed the third series of "Father Ted" when he died.

  • In the early 90s, he, Gery Stembridge & Pauline McGlynn were a part of a radio satire show called Scrap Saturday. The series made fun of all the then current politicians. It was cancelled after two seasons by the R.T.E.
  • Just weeks before his death, he said that he did not want to continue playing the role of Father Ted for fear of being typecast and had written a new TV drama series that was in the process of being made.
  • Had a third son, Ben, with his girlfriend, Fiona.
  • Despite finding fame and fortune as Father Ted, Dermot had been publicly critical of the church.
  • He and his partner, Fiona, had been hosting a dinner party for friends at their home in Richmond, South-west London, when he collapsed and suffered what is believed to have been a heart attack late on Saturday night.
  • Had two sons Don and Bobby from his first marriage to his long-term sweetheart Suzanne. For the last 11 years he lived with Fiona, the mother of his son Ben at their home in Richmond.
  • Had a habit of phoning in to Irish chat shows (especially the Late Late Show (1962)) when well-known politicians were appearing and willing to answer questions from the public. Would proceed to ask a pertinent political question in their own voice.
  • Recorded a surprise Christmas no. 1 single in 1986 entitled "Thank you very much Eastwood". It was humorous take on Boxer Barry McGuigan's win. Dermot Morgan also impersonated Ronald Regan & Bob Geldof in the song.

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