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Angeline Ball (born 28 June 1968) is an Irish actor and singer who resides in London, England. She is known for her roles as Imelda Quirke in Alan Parker's The Commitments (1991) and as Tina in John Boorman's The General (1998). She has appeared in films and television series both in the UK and in the US. She is also a stage actor.

Angeline Ball
Angeline Ball .jpg
Ball in May 2019
Background information
Born (1968-06-28) 28 June 1968 (age 51)
Dublin, Ireland
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1991–present


Ball, the youngest of three sisters, was born in Cabra, Dublin.[1] As a child she trained in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance attending the Billie Barry Stage School at the age of eight.[2] Ball worked with RTÉ during her teen years, also singing in various bands throughout Ireland.


Her breakthrough role came in 1991 when she appeared as backing singer Imelda Quirke in Alan Parker's The Commitments.[3]

In 1993, Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement wrote the short-lived TV series Over the Rainbow[4] for her, which she also wrote the music for. In 1994 she played Vada's mother in My Girl 2 for which she sang a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile".[5] She worked with Alan Parker again in 1996 when she sang backing vocals for the Evita soundtrack album.[6] In 1997 she starred along side Brendan Gleeson in John Boorman's The General where she portrayed the wife of Martin Cahill, Tina.

Throughout the 2000s Ball appeared in a number of UK TV series including Doc Martin, Shameless and Mr Selfridge. On May 26, 2008, Angeline made her debut as Maggie Townsend, Bradley Branning's boss in BBC TV drama series EastEnders.

Music 2018-presentEdit

In 2018, Ball began work on her first solo music project. Her first two singles "Sinking" and "Holding On", taken from her forthcoming album On The Road[7] are due for release in August 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Ball met her long time partner Patrice Gueroult in 1999. They have two children, Katie and Max.[8] She speaks fluent French and is a trained pilates and yoga instructor.[9]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Commitments Imelda Quirke
1993 Over the Rainbow[4] Finnoula
1994 My Girl 2 Maggie Muldovan
1994 Highlander Elizabeth Vaughn
1994 Casualty Shirley
1995 Robin's Hoods
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Gwynne / Chinstrap 3 Voice
1995 Brothers in Trouble[10] Mary
1995 Two Nudes Bathing Simone
1995 Picture Windows
1996 Our Friends in the North Daphne
1996 Trojan Eddie Shirley
1997 The Gambler Mlle. Blanche
1997 The General Tina
1998 Terror in the Mall Suzanne Price
1999 The Outer Limits Cass Trenton
1999 The Auteur Theory Carmela Cicero Maresca
1999 Peak Practice Anna Templeton
2000 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Annabell
2000 Housebound Mignon
2000 A Christmas Carol Bella
2001 The Bombmaker Lydia McCracken
2001 Score[11] Martina
2002 An Angel for May[12] Barbara Collins (Mom)
2002 Any Time Now Nora Moggin Won - IFTA Award Best Actress in a TV Drama
2002 Bait[13] Millicent White
2003 Bloom Molly Bloom Won - IFTA Award Best Actress in a Film
2005 Rose and Maloney Julie
2005-2006 Doc Martin Julie Mitchell
2006 The Tiger's Tail Ursula
2006 What We Did on Our Holiday Laura Taylor
2006 Dead Long Enough[14] Sinead
2007 Trouble in Paradise[15] Annie Little
2008 EastEnders Maggie Townsend
2009 Hard Times[16] PC Anne Mooney
2009 Cold Turkey Patricia Quinn
2011 Albert Nobbs Mrs. Gilligan
2012-13 Shameless Gloria Meak
2013 Mr Selfridge Mrs. Worthington
2016 Wifey Redux[17] Saoirse Prendergast
2017 Redwater Eileen Harrington
2017 Acceptable Risk Detective Sergeant Emer Byrne Nominated - IFTA Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2017 Keeping Faith Gael Reardon



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Chart positions Certifications
Billboard 200
The Commitments (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 8
The Commitments Vol. 2 (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 118
Evita 26

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2018 IFTA Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama (Acceptable Risk) Nominated
2008 Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (The Playboy Of The Western World) Nominated
2003 IFTA Award Best Actress in a Film (Bloom) Won
Best Actress in a TV Drama (Any Time Now) Won


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  18. ^ a b "British album certifications – Commitments". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Type Commitments in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Avita". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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