Born and raised in Dublin, Damien Creagh spent formative years off-grid in the West of Ireland, painting murals, decorating nightclubs and building stage sets and parade floats. An accidental conversation led Damien to design no-budget feature film, The Book That Wrote Itself. A true baptism of fire, Damien loved meeting every challenge head on, and soon got the bug to make a career in film.
Moving to London, Damien learned his trade on short films, many winning numerous awards including an Emmy Short Documentary award for Notes on Blindness.
While finding his feet Damien worked with several interior design companies, managing projects for David Adjaye, Honky and Nicky Haslam. He worked with Icon Studio, visual display design team with clients including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Damien also art directed festivals and events, notably working with Sara Blonstein and Mother London.
After collaborating on several low budget features Damien worked with the Blaine Brothers on the critically acclaimed Nina Forever. The film won numerous awards including a British Independent Film Award. Further BIFA’s were achieved for the effecting documentary Notes on Blindness (feature version) for directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, as well as nominations for three BAFTA awards including Outstanding British Film and Best Documentary.
Damien began working with Idris Elba (as director) on Playhouse Presents: King for a Term. They teamed up again on StudioCanal and Warp Films’ Yardie, an 80s crime drama set in London and Jamaica. Winner of Best Drama at National Film Awards, Damien’s production design was singled out for praise: “Matters are steadied by Elba’s precision, in everything from the patois to the quiet excellence of Damien Creagh’s production design”. Mike McCahill, The Guardian.