Daryl McCormack is the newest Irish actor you need to know

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Welcome, Daryl McCormack into the mix of Irish actors getting every bit of recognition they deserve.

You may know his face from BBC hit TV show Peaky Blinders as Isaiah Jesus or from his newest release Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.

If not, don’t worry you will soon, his meteoric rise will make sure of that.

In the meantime here’s everything you need to know about the Irish man making marks on the acting world.

Who is Daryl McCormack?
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Born to an Irish mother and an African-American father, Tipperary-born actor Daryl McCormack is a star in the making.

Having always had an interest in acting and the performing arts after finishing his schooling the 29-year-old went on to study at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Conservatory and the Gaiety School of Acting where he completed his drama degree.

He has starred in several large projects including Fair City, Peaky Blinders and Bad Sisters on Apple TV as well as debuting on the West End in 2018 in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

What have I seen him in?

Pic: Instagram/Peaky BlindersMcCormack’s career began in 2015 with a stint as Pierce Devlin on popular soap series Fair City. He was later picked up by the BBC to play Isaiah Jesus in the 5th season of Peaky Blinders, starring our very own Cillian Murphy, which follows the life of a criminal family in Birmingham after the World War One.

The six-foot handsome Irish man was involved in a number of other projects but it was his casting in Good Luck To You, Leo Grande as you guessed it, main character Leo Grande that pushed his career to the next level.

The 2022 movie follows Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) and Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson) as they embark on a journey of sexual and self discovery. In an interview with Vogue McCormack said: ” All of my preconceived ideas of what intimacy looks like kind of shattered”.


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Does he have social media?


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You can breathe a sigh of relief, McCormack posts regularly whether that’s a professional photoshoot, interview or a personal trip.

You can follow him on Instagram at @_darylmccormack

What’s next for McCormack?


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His starring role in Good Luck To You, Leo Grande has launched him into the stratosphere and even bagged him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role alongside two other well known Irish contenders, Paul Mescal and Colin Farrell.

He also secured a nomination for the prestigious rising star award which has a host of previous Irish nominees including Barry Keoghan, Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender, Chris O’Dowd, Ruth Negga and Jessie Buckley.

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You won’t have to wait long for McCormack to return to your screens though the BAFTA-nominated actor has two new projects in the pipeline, the thriller feature The Tutor and TV series The Woman in the Wall.

The Woman in the Wall is inspired by the very real Irish Magdalene Laudries scandal and follows Lorna Brady, BAFTA nominated actress, Ruth Wilson, as she navigates a sinister situation and evades Detective Coleman Akande, McCormack, a man who rose through the police ranks quickly but holds his own dark secrets and intends to unveil Brady’s at any cost.

Sounds gripping!

Until then you can get your Darryl McCormack fix by watching Good Luck To You, Leo Grande and Peaky Blinders.

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