Danielle Galligan

Danielle Galligan (born 1 December 1992) is an Irish actress, theatre maker, and poet.

Danielle Galligan
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Galligan in 2021
Born (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 29)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma materThe Lir Academy
OccupationActress, theatre maker
Years active2015–present

Early life and educationEdit

Galligan is from Rathfarnham, a suburb in South Dublin.[1][2] Her mother, Lorraine is a beauty therapist who runs a salon and beauty school Galligan Beauty.[3] Danielle was raised Catholic but now considers herself agnostic.

Galligan attended Loreto High School Beaufort. She was a member of Ann Kavanagh's Young People's Theatre from 2005 to 2011 and was awarded the Ena Burke bursary for the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School.[4] She then studied Drama and Theatre studies at Trinity College Dublin and trained in Acting at The Lir Academy, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2015.[5][6]



After graduating from The Lir, Galligan began her career in stage productions such as The Train with the Rough Magic Theatre Company.[7] In 2017, she was in All Honey and played the titular role in The Grimm Tale of Cinderella.[7][8]

In 2018, Galligan played the lead opposite Tom Moran in his play Lyrics[9] and Cinnamon in We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House at the New Theatre. She reprised the latter role at the 2019 Young Curators Festival.[7][10] She featured as the singer in Gavin Kostick's 12 Christmas Poems that December.[11][12]

Theatre makingEdit

Galligan had a FUEL theatre making residency and workshop alongside Fionnuala Gygax and Ailish Leavy for Hostel 16 at the Druid Theatre.[13]

In 2018, she co-founded Chaos Factory, an experimental theatre company alongside Gygax, Venetia Bowe, and Rachel Bergin. They debuted with a production titled Kiss Kiss Slap, which featured in the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival.[14][15] Their second project, MorphMe, premiered in April 2019.[16]

That same year, Galligan began working as an actor-deviser for Murmuration,[17] which debuted with Summertime starring her and Finbarr Doyle. The show featured at the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival, where the pair were shortlisted for Best Duo,[18] as well as the 2019 Drogheda Arts Festival and Abbey Theatre Young Curators Festival.[19]

She was the dramaturg for Aisling O'Mara's Nothing But A Toerag in January 2019.[20]

Galligan participated in a podcast with RISE Productions in which she, Gavin Kostick, Eanna Hardwicke, and Janet Moran performed Kostick's modern version of Homer's Odyssey.[21] Galligan and Kostick, having worked on the project since 2017, co-created and performed in Gym Swim Party, a choreography production inspired by his take on the epic in association with O'Reilly Theatre.[22] The production featured in the 2019 Dublin Fringe Festival.[11][23]

Television and filmEdit

In her early career, Galligan featured in short films such as Strangers in the Park, Pernicio, Beautiful Youth, and Break Us.[24][25] She won best actress at the Short+Sweet Film Festival and best duo alongside Mark Lawrence at the 6 on Nebraska Film Festival for Strangers in the Park, which she co-wrote.[26] She received nominations from the Richard Harris Film Festival and the Underground Cinema Festival for her role in Pernicio.[4]

Galligan made her television debut in 2019 with guest roles in Game of Thrones and Krypton.[27] She landed her first major television role as Nina Zenik in the Netflix series Shadow and Bone, an adaptation of fantasy book series The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo, which premiered in 2021.[28] Galligan made her feature film debut as Naomi in Who We Love, a remake of the 2016 short film Lily.[29]

Other mediaEdit

Galligan has participated in RTÉ radio dramas such as The Playboy of the Western World and Hecuba by Marina Carr.[30][31]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Closing Time The Wretched Girl Short film
2017 Strangers in the Park Aisling Short film; co-wrote
2018 Pernicio Sam Thomson Short film
Beautiful Youth Lili Short film
Tomorrow Eilish Short film
2019 Break Us Sophie Short film
2020 We Don't Choose How Jenny Short film
2021 Who We Love Naomi
TBA Lakelands


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Game of Thrones Sarra Episode: "The Last of the Starks"
Krypton Enaj 2 episodes
2020 Cold Courage Daiga Mednis 2 episodes
2021–present Shadow and Bone Nina Zenik Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (seasons 2–)
2021 The Great Yula 3 episodes

Music videosEdit

Song Year Artist Notes
"You and Me" 2017 DAVIIS
"Can You Feel It" 2018 Yellow Season


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Train Bella Lime Tree Theatre; Dublin Theatre Festival, Project Arts Centre; Abbey Theatre
2016 Hostel 16 Danielle Druid Theatre; Smock Alley Theatre
Cascando Auditor Samuel Beckett Theatre
Beyond Barricades Helena / Christina / Nora / Julia Anu Productions; 1916 Bus Tour, Dublin
2017 The Heiress Maria Gate Theatre
All Honey Ru New Theatre; Dublin Fringe Festival, Bewley's
The Grimm Tale of Cinderella Ella / The Old Woman Smock Alley Theatre
2018 Lyrics Her Theatre Upstairs, Eden Quay
Kiss Kiss Slap Dublin Fringe Festival, Smock Alley Theatre; Mermaid Arts Centre
12 Christmas Poems The Songstress Peacock Theatre
2018–2019 Summertime Stash Dublin Fringe Festival, Peacock Theatre; Drogheda Arts Festival
We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House Cinnamon New Theatre; Young Curators Festival
2019 Nothing But A Toerag N/A Dramaturg
The Playboy Riot! Molly Allgood 24 Hour Plays, Abbey Theatre
MorphMe Co-created
Gym Swim Party Clem Dublin Fringe Festival, O'Reilly Theatre
2020 Will I See You There N/A Co-deviser; Dublin Fringe Festival


Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Playboy of the Western World Susan Brady RTÉ Drama
2018 Hecuba Polyxena RTÉ Drama
2019 The Odyssey: A New Version Various roles Irish Theatre Podcast

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2018 Richard Harris Film Festival Best Actress Pernicio Nominated
Underground Cinema Festival Best Actress Pernicio Nominated
Dublin Fringe Festival Judge's Choice: Best Duo (With Finbarr Doyle) Summertime Nominated
2019 Short+Sweet Film Festival Best Actress Strangers in the Park Won
6 on Nebraska Film Festival Best Acting Duo (With Mark Lawrence) Strangers in the Park Won


  1. ^ "A Dublin Actress Has Been Cast For Game Of Thrones & Could Be Involved In A Major Story-Line". Lovin Dublin. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. ^ Tom Moran (1 April 2018). "Danielle Galligan Plays Personality Bingo". Headstuff (Podcast). Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ Gallagher, Sean (17 April 2016). "Beauty will never go out of business". Independent.ie. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Danielle Galligan". Lorraine Brennan Management. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Acting Profiles / Alumni 2015: Danielle Galligan". The Lir. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ Milton, Stephen (4 April 2021). "Danielle Galligan: Forging her own path in life". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "People - Danielle Galligan". Playography Ireland. Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. ^ Wynne-Walsh, Rebecca. "BWW Review: The Grimm Tale of Cinderella at Smock Valley Theatre". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Facts contributor Tom Moran premieres his own original play 'Lyrics'". Goss.ie. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  10. ^ Hayes, Katy (17 November 2018). "We Can't Have Monkeys in the House: New Irish play explores a lethal maternal misogyny". Independent.ie. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Gym Swim Party - Danielle Galligan and Gavin Kostick". Fringe Fest. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Abbey Theatre presents Gavin Kostick and Guests: 12 Christmas Poems". Abbey Theatre. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Direct Provision under the spotlight at Druid". Connacht Tribune. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  14. ^ "About". Chaos Factory Theatre. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  15. ^ Whelan, Zuzia (29 August 2018). "A New Theatre Company Looks at Sexuality in the Wake of #MeToo". Dublin Inquirer. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Projects". Chaos Factory Theatre. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Murmuration". TDC Digital Centre. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  18. ^ Falvey, Deirdre (24 September 2018). "'Breathtaking, rule-breaking, legend-making': Dublin Fringe Festival winners". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Summertime Show". Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Nothing But A Toerag by Aisling O'Mara". IndieGoGo. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Irish Theatre Podcast". RISE Productions (Podcast). Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Thoughts on Homer and the Making of Gym Swim Party by Gavin Kostick". Writing.ie. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Interview with Gavin Kostick and Danielle Galligan – Gym Swim Party – Dublin Fringe Festival". No More Workhorse. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Watch Irish Short Film: Pernicio". Film Ireland. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Galway Film Fleadh Filmmakers Roundtable". Film Ireland. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  26. ^ "Danielle Galligan from Shadow and Bone welcomes us to the Grishaverse". Vanity Teen. 23 April 2021.
  27. ^ Byrne, Ruairi Scott (27 November 2017). "An Irish actress has been cast in 'Game of Thrones' season 8 - and it could mean the return of a once great House". Buzz.ie. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  28. ^ Harris, Latesha (2 October 2019). "TV News Roundup: Netflix Reveals Cast of New Series 'Shadow and Bone'". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  29. ^ Murphy, Niall. "Irish LGBTQ+ drama Who We Love to premiere at 33rd Galway Film Fleadh". Scannain. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  30. ^ "The Playboy of the Western World - A Radio Musical". RTÉ Radio 1. 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Hecuba written by Marina Carr". RTÉ Radio 1. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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