Bríd Brennan

Actress Bríd Brennan was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She started her acting career in Dublin, where she performed in prominent theaters such as the Gate Theatre and the Abbey Theatre.

Brennan is acclaimed for her work on both stage and screen. She originated the role of Agnes in Brian Friel’s play Dancing at Lughnasa, for which she won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She has appeared as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company), Maisie Madigan in Juno and the Paycock (Gaiety Theatre), Sister Aloysius in Doubt (Abbey Theatre), and Kate Keller in All My Sons (Open Air Theatre), as well as in Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe), Blood Wedding (Young Vic), and many other productions. She was nominated for the Olivier Award three times, for her work in The Ferryman, The Little Foxes, and Rutherford and Son.

On screen, Brennan performed her role of Agnes once again in the 1998 film adaptation of Dancing at Lughnasa, winning her an IFTA for Best Actress. Her performance as Ma in Shadow Dancer (2012) was honored with an IFTA Award and an Edinburgh Festival Award. Her numerous additional roles include appearances in the films Brooklyn and Four Days in July and TV shows Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders, and the Billy trilogy on BBC’s Play for Today.


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