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brass tacks Damien Molony admits his son is just discovering what it's like to have a famous Dad

Brassic star Damien Molony tells Kevin Palmer how his son is taking note of his dad’s fame and what to expect in season three


Damien with fellow Brassic star Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie.

Damien with fellow Brassic star Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie.

Damien with fellow Brassic star Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie.

Damien Molony admits his young son has started to show plenty of interest in his work - and not the on-screen variety.

The Kildare-born actor has emerged as one of the rising stars of UK television in recent years, with his credits including a starring role alongside Roisin Conaty in the brilliant Channel 4 show GameFace and a central part in the highly-rated BBC drama, The Split.

Yet it is his recurring role as Dylan alongside Michelle Keegan in the award-winning comedy Brassic that has caught the eye of his little boy.

While Molony is too young to appreciate the madness his Dad gets up to on screen in the madcap show that had proved to be a huge hit with Sky audiences, his appearance as part of the publicity campaign has caught his eye.

“Sky has been promoting the new season of Brassic on the side of the vans they have driving around to install satellite dishes and Sky boxes and my son saw him on the side of one and was very impressed,” begins Damien, in an exclusive interview with Magazine+

“My son spots these fans quicker than anyone and says, ‘Daddy that’s you driving down the street again’. It’s just lovely.

“Children are just the best thing that can happen to you and I had a wonderful moment with him last year when I went back to Ireland as I took him to this wonderful idea called Theatre for One at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

“It was just me and my son and one actor performing for us and it was one of the most wonderful cultural experiences of my life.”

Molony’s increasingly recognisable features may well lead to the Johnstownbridge-born star being identified by fans beyond his own son, but he would rather avoid such adulation.

Working alongside paparazzi target Michelle Keegan in Brassic has confirmed as much, as this is an actor very much focused on letting his work speak for him.

“When you see photographers popping out of bushes trying to take photos of Michelle when we are filming Brassic, it’s a world that I struggle to associate with,” he admitted.

“I don’t really care too much about being famous. For me, it’s all about doing good work and thankfully, I’ve been very busy of late working on the next season of The Split for the BBC and now I’m working on season four of Brassic for Sky.

“I’ve had some pinch-me moments in the last few years and the best was probably working with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the production of No Man’s Land in the West End.

“It was a real privilege to be in that production and in terms of learning from the best, you can’t get much better than that.”

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The success of Brassic has ensured that a fourth season had already been commissioned before season three had hit the airwaves, with Commitments star Bronagh Gallagher joining Malony in adding to the Irish flavour of the Manchester-based set.

“If anything we have gone up a notch in season three,” he added.

“We try and steal a snake, we constantly do things we shouldn’t be doing.

“None of us involved in that day of shooting with the bull will ever forget it. Put it this way, all innocence went out the window. We find out that bull semen is incredibly valuable and the only way we can get the bull seaman is to ‘service him’ personally.

“Inevitably, things get sticky and messy and they had this kind of cannon that exploded whatever substance they used all over the cast and it was so sticky and cold. It was so disgusting, but it was one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever been involved in.”

  • Brassic Season 3 is available on Sky Max now.

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