Derek began training at the Gaiety School of Acting, constantly taking part in workshops with industry professionals.
His most recent credits include the role of ‘Abu Al Jabar’ in the upcoming Crime TV Series COLD COURAGE based on the book by Finnish writer, Pekka Hiltunen. Previous credit includes Sci-fi TV Series, NIGHTFLYERS based on the novella written by George R.R Martin. ‘Fr. Okocha’ in (IFB) Short film “HONEST” directed by Matthew Roche and screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2018. “Crooks” in John Steinbeck’s renowned play “OF MICE AND MEN” directed by Kate Canning at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in association with Balally Players, Ireland.
Besides acting, Derek considers writing as his second passion. In 2017, he wrote and directed his first short film “SINK” starring David Sheahan and David Bezin. SINK won a Spotlight Award at the Elevation Indie Films Festival 2017 and was officially selected for the 9th Underground Short Film Awards in 2018. He also produced a Short film “MOTHERS” written and directed by Fiona Byrnes in 2017.
Derek is based in Dublin and currently studying his Masters in Screenwriting for Film & Television at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT).