Bronagh Gallagher (born 26 April 1972) is an Irish singer and actress from Northern Ireland. Gallagher had her first acting role in the 1989 television movie Dear Sarah. In 2020, she was listed at number 33 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.
|Occupation||Singer and actress|
During her teenage years, she got involved in drama and music activities through school and joined a local amateur dramatics group called the Oakgrove Theatre Company. At one time she was a backing singer in a local band called The Listener (1989–90). The band practised in a garage that belonged to Kevin McLaughlin, the drummer. Laurence Harkin, aka L, was lead singer and guitar.
A former hairdresser, Gallagher's big break came when she starred as Bernie in The Commitments (1991). She followed up with small parts in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Other film appearances include You, Me & Marley (1992), Mary Reilly (1996), Divorcing Jack (1998), Thunderpants (2002), Skagerrak (2003), Tristan & Isolde (2006), Last Chance Harvey (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Grabbers (2012).
Gallagher's first album Precious Soul was released in 2004 on the Salty Dog Records label and was produced by John Reynolds. The album features collaborations with Brian Eno on the songs "He Don't Love You" and "Hooks". Gallagher wrote most of the music on the album, played the drums and sang lead vocals.
On television, she played the mother of young Nick in the BBC drama Nick Nickleby. She played Trisha Meehan in The Field of Blood and Ada Mason in Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 10 episode "The Mystery of the Blue Train".
An image of Gallagher, in character as Bernie McGloughlin in the film The Commitments, was featured on an Irish postage stamp as part of the Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary series issued by An Post. The image includes her The Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball as Imelda Quirke, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Natalie Murphy and Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte.
|1990||Dear Sarah||Anne Conlon||Television film|
|1992–1993; 2007||The Bill||Nicola Purdy/Tina Wilson||3 episodes|
|1996||Screen Two||Sandra Williamson||1 episode|
|2000||The Fitz||Teddy||Main cast, 6 episodes|
|2004||The Clinic||Lisa||1 episode|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Ada Mason||1 episode|
|2007||Holby City||Gilly Conran||1 episode|
|2007||The Street||Mary Jennerson||1 episode|
|2007||The Peter Serafinowicz Show||Various characters||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2011–2013||The Field of Blood||Trisha Meehan||Main cast, 4 episodes|
|2012||New Tricks||Mara Donaldson||1 episode|
|2012–2014||Pramface||Sandra Prince/Janet Prince||Recurring role, 17 episodes|
|2015||Moone Boy||Pat O'Dwyer||1 episode|
|2015||You, Me and the Apocalypse||Larrson||Miniseries, 7 episodes|
|2017||Count Arthur Strong||Birdie||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2018||Genius||Berthe Weill||1 episode|
|2019–present||Brassic||Carol Dennings||Supporting role|
|1999||The Street of Crocodiles||Adela||Queen's Theatre|
|2009||War Horse||Rose Narracott||New London Theatre|
|2009||Every Good Boy Deserve Favour||Teacher||National Theatre|
|2011||The Faith Machine||Tatiana||Royal Court Theatre|
|Seven (play)||Mukhtaran Mai||Kabosh Theatre Company|
|2017–2018||Girl from the North Country||Mrs. Burke||The Old Vic|
|Noël Coward Theatre|
- Clarke, Donald; Brady, Tara (13 June 2020). "The 50 greatest Irish film actors of all time – in order". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
- "Whatever Happened to the Commitments", telegraph.co.uk; accessed 4 June 2017
- Bronagh Gallagher at IMDb
- "Myspace, Screen West Midlands and Vertigo Films Announce Innovative Plans To Release Faintheart, The Re-enactment Themed Film Filmed On Location In Ludlow, Shropshire". Ludlow & South Shropshire Tourist Information. South Shropshire Tourism Association. 5 January 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
- "Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary". Emerald Isle Gifts, original stamps from An Post. 17 October 1996. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Meet the cast of ITV's Belgravia". Radio Times.
- Bronagh Gallagher in Concert at The Ardhowen Theatre, donniephair.com; accessed 5 August 2017.