Dermot John Morgan (31 March 1952 – 28 February 1998) was an Irish actor and comedian. He was best known for his role as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted (1995–1998). In 1999, a year after his death, the BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance was awarded to him. He also appeared on the panel show Have I Got News for You. He was a schoolteacher before becoming a professional entertainer.