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Denis can now be seen on stage in The West End, in The Lieutenant of Inishmore opposite Aidan Turner.
A founder member of the Ouroboros Theatre Company (originally Theatreworks), Denis appeared as Salieri in their production of Amadeus at the Samuel Beckett Centre and as Apollo in Myrmidons. He appeared as Hugh O’Neill in that company’s touring production of Brian Friel’s Making History directed by Geoff Gould at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin and on national and international tour in 2007. Previously for Ouroboros he appeared in the title role of the Theatreworks/Second Age production of Macbeth at the Gaiety Theatre and across Ireland and for Theatreworks he appeared as Jupiter/Tereus in Tales from Ovid, Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida, Hugh in Frank McGuinness’s epic Mutabiltie and the title role in Richard III for which he won the 2002 Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award for Best Actor. His work for the Abbey and Peacock theatres includes: Homelands, The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, April Bright, The Colleen Bawn, The Freedom of the City, Judas of the Gallarus, Laszlo Marton’s acclaimed production of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck in the role of Hjalmar Ekdal and Conall Morrison’s trilogy Riders to The Sea/Purgatory/Dandy Dolls at the Peacock Theatre for the Dublin Theatre Festival. Other theatre work includes Frank Pig Says Hello (Co-Motion), Studs, Diarmuid and Grainne, Buddleia, Native City for Passion Machine, King Lear for Second Age, Volpone, Castlerackrent and Miss Julie for Meridian Productions, Chun Na Farraige Sios, Psadh and Tincara, An Triall, Liodn na hAbhann for Amharclann de hIde.
Television includes: Hide and Seek, The Clinic, Bachelor’s Walk, On Home Ground, Fair City (RTE) The Return (Granada), Casualty, Custer’s Last Stand-Up, Ballykissangel and Rebel Heart (BBC), Yesterday’s Children (CBS), TrÍ Sceal, Boghaisini, An Turas (TG4). More recently he appeared as Vincent (lead) in the hit show The Running Mate directed by Declan Recks for Treasure Films/TG4.
Film includes Boy Eats Girl, Intermission, The Countess Cathleen, Making Ends Meet, I Went Down, Michael Collins, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Tiger’s Tail and in Mark O’Halloran’s award-winning film Garage directed by Lenny Abrhamson.
Denis appeared in the central role as Nearchus in Alexander written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Colin Farrell. He also appeared as Rendell in series I and II of Showbands directed by Ian Fitzgibbon for RTE/Parallel Films. He appeared as Inspector O’Kane in season three of Single Handed (RTE/Touchpaper/ITV) and reappeared in season four as this character in late 2010 on RTE and ITV.
Denis appeared as Old Mahon in Druid Theatre Company’s production of Playboy of the Western World at the Perth Arts Festival, Australia and as Hugh O’Neill in Making History directed by Geoff Gould for Ouroboros Theatre Company at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin and an national and international tour in 2007. Denis appeared as Justice Balance in The Recruiting Officer directed by Lynne Parker at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Denis re-appeared as Dinny in The Walworth Farce a new Enda Walsh play directed by Mikel Murfi for Druid Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival 2007 which won five star reviews and a Fringe First Award there. The show went on to appear at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn to huge critical acclaim and most recently appeared at the Royal National Theatre, London, Cottesloe Stage, for a sold-out and critically acclaimed 11 week run. Denis recently appeared for his own company Ouroboros in a new play The Death of Harry Leon directed by David Horan at Smock Alley Theatre. Denis appeared with Iain Glen in Wallenstein in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton directed by Angus Jackson at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Denis recently appeared as the Irishman in Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert directed by Garry Hynes for Druid Theatre company to re-open the Druid Theatre at Chapel Lane, Galway which went on to a national sell-out tour of Ireland and for which he won the 2009 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor (his second award in that category). Denis appeared in Tom Kilroy’s new play Christ Deliver Us! directed by Wayne Jordan at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and in 2010 he appeared in Enda Walsh’s play Penelope directed by Mikel Murfi for Druid Theatre Company at the Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, St. Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, the Hampstead Theatre, London and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. Denis appeared as Hugh in Brian Friel’s Translations directed by Conall Morrisson at the Abbey Theatre Dublin and in The Speckled People directed by Patrick Mason at the Gate Theatre, Dublin as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2011 and in Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, directed by Doug Hughes at the Gate Theatre, Dublin in 2012. He appeared in Richard II directed by Michael B. Caven, An Enemy of the People directed by Wayne Jordan in the Gate and a Streetcar Named Desire directed by Ethan McSweeny in the Gate Theatre. Denis appeared as Gloucester opposite Frank Langella in King Lear at the Chichester Theatre Festival which also successfully transferred to BAM in NYC.
Denis appeared in Penny Dreadful (Showtime Networks), Titanic Blood and Steel (Three Arts/Lionsgate), as Paddy Doyle in An Crisis Eile (TG4) and as recurring character Diarmuid in two season of Scup for TG4/BBCNI. He recently appeared as the role of Fr.Anselm in Quirke, a new TV series based on the books of John Banville (writing as Benjamin Black) starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon, produced by Element Films for BBC1. He will soon appear in Brooklyn (dir: John Crowley) and The Truth Commissioner (dir: Declan Recks). Denis recently shot on Trial of the Century directed by Maurice Sweeney.
Denis is appeared as Victor in Arthur Miller’s The Price, directed by Doug Hughes at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Denis recently appeared in The Gigli Concert at the Gate Theatre directed by David Grindley. Denis recently appeared in You Never Can Tell directed by Conall Morrison at the Abbey Theatre.