Bronagh Gallagher

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.[1]

Bronagh Gallagher
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Born (1972-04-26) 26 April 1972 (age 49)
OccupationSinger and actress
Years active1989–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

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,[2] 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).[3]

Gallagher has appeared onstage in Théâtre de Complicité touring production of The Street of Crocodiles and The National Theatre's production War Horse as Rose Narracott.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2009, Gallagher starred alongside a well-known cast on the MySpace/Vertigo Films production Faintheart and starred in the BBC Three comedy TV series Pramface in 2012.[4]

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".[3]

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.[5] 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.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Commitments Bernie McGloughlin
1994 Pulp Fiction Trudi
1996 Mary Reilly Annie
1997 Painted Angels Eileen
1998 Divorcing Jack Taxi Driver
1999 This Year's Love Carol
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Captain Maoi Madakor
2000 Wild About Harry Miss Boyle
2002 Thunderpants Mrs. Smash
2003 Skagerrak Sophie
Spin the Bottle Teresa
2005 Tara Road Polly
Tristan & Isolde Bragnae
2006 Middletown Tessie
2007 Botched Sonya
2008 Faintheart Maggie
Last Chance Harvey Oonagh
Lecture 21 Maggie
2009 Malice in Wonderland Hattie
Sherlock Holmes Palm Reader
2010 The Big I Am Di Baines
Tamara Drewe Eustacia
2011 Albert Nobbs Cathleen Page
Arthur Christmas Elf Voice role
2012 Grabbers Una Maher
After the Triumph of Your Birth Woman of the Theater
2013 Made in Belfast Undertaker
The Food Guide to Love Rachel
2014 Shooting for Socrates Irene
2017 Return to Montauk Irene
2018 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Charlotte Stimple
2019 The Personal History of David Copperfield Mrs. Micawber
A Bump Along the Way Pamela Nominated for Best Actress IFTA


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dear Sarah Anne Conlon Television film
1991 Screenplay Frances 1 episode
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
2010 Accused Siobhan 1 episode
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
2013 Shameless Ronnie 1 episode
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
2020 Belgravia[6] Speer


Year Title Role Theatre
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


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Commitments",; accessed 4 June 2017
  3. ^ a b Bronagh Gallagher at IMDb
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "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.
  6. ^ "Meet the cast of ITV's Belgravia". Radio Times.

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