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Denise Gough (born 28 February 1980)[1] is an Irish actress. She was born in Ennis, County Clare and is the elder sister of the actress Kelly Gough. She graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in 2003. She is notable for her work in theatre and television, including the play The Painter (2011) and Messiah V: The Rapture. Gough is a two time Olivier Award winner.

Denise Gough
Born (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 39)[1]



In 2012, she was nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performances in Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith and Nancy Harris's Our New Girl at the Bush Theatre.[2] In January 2014 she was Julia in The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London.[3] At the National Theatre, London, in September 2015 she presented an "electrifying" performance as a recovering substance user in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things, directed by Jeremy Herrin.[4] She reprised the role when the production transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016, and subsequently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She returned to the National Theatre in April 2017 playing the role of Harper in Marianne Elliot's revival of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America, for which she won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gough then returned to People, Places & Things for its New York transfer. Gough returned to the role of Harper in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America, alongside the majority of the London cast, in February 2018.

Stage rolesEdit

Year Title Character Theatre
2004 By the Bog of Cats Caroline Cassidy Wyndham's Theatre, London
The Kindness of Strangers Cheryl Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool
2006 Everything is Illuminated Brod Hampstead Theatre, London
O Go My Man Elsa Royal Court Theatre, London
2007 Someone Else's Shoes Mary Soho Theatre, London
2009 The Grouch Celia West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Six Characters in Search of an Author Stepdaughter Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
Gielgud Theatre, London
2009 The Birds Julia Gate Theatre, Dublin
2010 The Plough and the Stars Nora Clitheroe Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Mary Jane Hanrahan Trafalgar Studios, London
2011 The Painter Jenny Cole Arcola Theatre, London
2012 Our New Girl Annie Bush Theatre, London
Desire Under the Elms Anna Putnam Lyric Hammersmith, London
2014 Adler and Gibb Louise Royal Court Theatre, London
The Duchess of Malfi Julia Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
2015 People, Places and Things Emma Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London
2016 Wyndham's Theatre, London
2017 Angels in America Harper Pitt Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London
People, Places and Things Emma St. Ann's Warehouse, New York
2018 Angels in America Harper Pitt Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway



Year Title Character Notes
2007 Outlanders Barmaid
2010 The Kid Patsy
Robin Hood Village Mother
2014 The Quiet Roar Research Assistant
Jimmy's Hall Tess
2018 Juliet, Naked Gina
Colette[5] Mathilde de Morny
2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Mrs. Elliott


Year Title Character Production Notes
2004 Casualty Susan Parish BBC One Episode: "Three's a Crowd"
2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Christine Faraday BBC One Episode: "Limbo"
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Michelle Channel 4 Documentary dramatization
2009 The Bill Liz O'Halloran ITV Episode: "Lost Soul"
Waking the Dead Kathleen BBC One Episodes: "Magdalene: Part I" and "Magdalene: Part II"
2010 Silent Witness Danielle Boyce BBC One Episodes: "Run: Part I" and "Run: Part II"
2011 Holby City Mona Cadogan BBC One Episode: "Culture Shock"
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Emily Hill CBC 11 episodes
2013 What Remains Liz Fletcher BBC One 4 episodes
Complicit Lucy TV movie
2014 Stella Collette Jensen Sky 1 Series 3
8 episodes
2015 The Duchess of Malfi Julia TV movie
2016 Apple Tree Yard DS Johns BBC One Episode 4
2017 Guerrilla Fallon Showtime, Sky 6 episodes
Paula Paula BBC Two 3 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Character Production Notes
2013 Divinity: Dragon Commander Catherine Larian Studios Voice
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Yennefer of Vengerberg CD Projekt Red Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Critics' Circle Theatre Award Best Actress People, Places and Things Won
2016 Awards Best Actress in a Play Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Won
2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Obie Award Distinguished Performance by an Actress Won
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Angels in America Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Jay Taylor on Instagram: "I usually only post pictures of her looking weird or crazy, but as it's her birthday I think we can allow one of her looking just 👌🏽Happy…"". Instagram. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ "London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 - Longlist revealed". London Evening Standard. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ Coveney, Michael (16 January 2014). "The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)". What's On Stage. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  4. ^ Clapp, Sussannah (6 September 2015). "People, Places & Things review — a career-changing performance". The Observer. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  5. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (6 October 2018). "Denise Gough on Toxic and Progressive Masculinity at Toronto Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

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