Gavin Drea

Gavin Drea first got excited about acting when he was cast as Natham Detroit in his secondary school’s production of Guys and Dolls, although he remembers always being interested in the arts, regularly going to the theatre with his family and performing in a band for a few years. He later studied in UCD and got involved with the drama society there, appearing in Hamlet, Philadelphia, Here I Come and King Lear. After graduating, he was cast as Luke in Love/Hate, starring opposite Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gillen, and landed a recurring role in Jack Taylor, a new series airing on TV3 later this year. Gavin describes the making of What Richard Did as “an incredible experience” pointing to the time spent rehearsing and workshopping as being particularly special. He feels that he learned a lot working with writer Malcolm Campbell and director Lenny Abrahamson, as well as the rest of the cast. “The whole cast got on great and myself and the younger actors hung out a lot before the filming began so that we generally were very close friends by the time filming came around. And they still remain some of my closest friends.” Gavin is currently touring with Druid performing three plays by playwright Tom Murphy – he himself is playing Des in Whistle in the Dark and Liam in Famine. They company are touring Ireland, England and the US before returning to Dublin for the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival.