Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly (born 24 June 1982) is a Northern Irish actress. She is the recipient of a Laurence Olivier Award as well as a nomination for a Tony Award. On television, she is known for her roles in the Starz series Outlander (2014–2017), the ITV series Beowulf (2016), and the HBO series The Nevers (2021).

Laura Donnelly
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Donnelly in 2019
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 40)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Years active2005–present
PartnerJez Butterworth

Early life and educationEdit

Donnelly grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004.


She made her on-screen debut in 2005 in the Channel 4 drama Sugar Rush. She is also known for appearing in Outlander, Britannia, The Fall, for her lead role as Amalia True in HBO's The Nevers (2021), and as a main character in the Irish film Insatiable (2008).

In April 2018 she won the Best Actress award at the Olivier Awards for her performance in The Ferryman.[1] In 2019 she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress for the same role on Broadway.

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in London with her partner Jez Butterworth and their two daughters.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Insatiable Rachel Lead
2009 Dread Abby
Right Hand Drive Ashley
2013 Hello Carter Tara
2014 Heart of Lightness Ellida
2015 The Program Emma O'Reilly
2019 Tolkien Mabel Tolkien


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Sugar Rush Beth 2 episodes
Casualty Fleur Butler 7 episodes
Hex Maya Robertson 4 episodes
2006 The Bill Jody Macmillan 1 episode
2007 Rough Diamond Aoife 1 episode
2009 Occupation Katy Hibbs 2 episodes
Merlin Freya 2 episodes
Best: His Mother's Son Barbara Best TV film
2012 Missing Violet Heath
2013 The Fall Sarah Kay 5 episodes
2014-2017 Outlander Janet "Jenny" Fraser Murray 8 episodes
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Elvina Main role
2018-2021 Britannia Hella 6 episodes
2021 The Nevers Zephyr Alexis Navine / Amalia True Main role
2022 Werewolf by Night Elsa Bloodstone Disney+ television special


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actress The Ferryman Nominated [4]
2018 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Won [5]
2019 Tony Award Best Actress in a Play Nominated [6]
2022 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series The Nevers Nominated


  1. ^ Turner, Lauren (9 April 2018). "Hip hop musical Hamilton sweeps Oliviers". BBC News.
  2. ^ Soloski, Alexis (6 April 2021). "Laura Donnelly's Week: 'Dora the Explorer' and a Poetry Prescription". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Laura Donnelly". Jag London. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Thompson, Jessie (4 December 2017). "These are the winners of the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards". Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Olivier Awards 2018". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  6. ^ "The Tony Award Nominations". Retrieved 21 April 2021.

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