David Heap

David has been based in Dublin since 1980, having come to Ireland playing Lancey in Field Day’s World Premiere of TRANSLATIONS. Soon after, he joined the cast in PEER GYNT and THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Gate Theatre directed by Patrick Mason and Michael Bogdanov respectively. He also appeared in SALOME (directed by Steven Berkoff) at The Gate, which traveled, to the Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals. In 1991 he appeared in THE SILVER TASSIE by Sean O’Casey at the Abbey Theatre. He then went on a world tour with the English Shakespeare Company.

Other theatre includes DANCE OF THE DINOSAURS (Punchbag), DORIAN GRAY (The Gate), FAITH HEALER (Tinderbox), LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (Edinburgh Festival), THE RACE FOR THE ARK TATTOOfor which he was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award, TITUS ANDRONICUS and MACBETH directed by Selina Cartmell, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (The Lyric, Belfast), METAMORPHOSIS (as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival) HAMLET and PHILADELPHIA HERE I COME for Second Age.

His film credits are BOTCHED, CAPITAL LETTERS, IN AMERICA & THE BOXER directed by Jim Sheridan, MIRACLE AT MIDNIGHT, FRANKY STARLIGHT and the John Schlesinger film SWEENEY TODD. In his television career, David played Donal Maher for ten seasons in RTÉ soap FAIR CITY. He also appeared in SCARLETT directed by John Erman, THE AMBASSADOR, BALLYKISSANGEL, RUNAWAY ONE (BBC), FATHER TED (Channel 4), MY BOY JACK, ST. IVES (ITV), JACK TAYLOR (TV3), THE CLINIC (Parallel Films) and acclaimed costume drama THE TUDORS created by Michael Hirst for Showtime. Recent appearances include documentary drama SAVING THE TITANIC for ZDF Germany and fantasy thriller BYZANTIUM directed by Neil Jordan for Number 9 Films. More recently, he filmed a screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s THE SECRET SCRIPTURE directed by Jim Sheridan for Ferndale Films.

Recent stage work includes a sell-out run of LIPPY by Bush Moukarzel and Mark O’Halloran (Winner of a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 /Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production 2013) at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin. He was seen as The Solictor in the World Premiere of Sighle Ni Chonaill’s bi-ligual play MAUM directed by Diarmuid de Faoite, as part of the International Galway Arts Festival 2015.

David will next appear on television as Judge Bonham in 2-part period drama TRIAL OF THE CENTURY directed by Maurice Sweeney for Treasure Entertainment.