Orla Brady (born 28 March 1961) is an Irish theatre, television, and film actress born in Dublin. She has been nominated for several awards from the Irish Film & Television Academy for her work in televised programs, as well as starring in the RTÉ/BBC co-production A Love Divided where she portrayed Sheila Cloney, for which she won the 1999 Golden Nymph Best Actress Award. She began her career with the Balloonatics Theatre Company as a touring performer, later gaining her first minor role in television as a bank clerk in the series Minder in 1993. Her first role in film was as Vanessa in Words Upon the Window Pane in 1994. Brady starred in recurring roles in a number of US and UK series, and in a Doctor Who special. In 2020, she was listed as number 43 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.
Brady at the 2020 Dublin International Film Festival
|Born||28 March 1961|
|Spouse(s)||Nick Brandt (m. 2002)|
Brady was born in Dublin, the second of four children of Patrick and his wife Catherine (Kitty). She lived in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, from birth until the age of seven. She was educated at a Loreto Convent in Wicklow and an Ursuline Convent in Dublin.
Brady began her career with Balloonatics Theatre Company, touring productions of Hamlet and Finnegans Wake. She then returned to Dublin to perform at the Gate Theatre where she played Adele in House of Bernarda Alba and Natasha in Three Sisters. After moving to London, she played Kate in Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come!, which later transferred from the King's Head Theatre to the West End.
Brady's first professional work in England was in Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff at the Royal National Theatre and she has since developed a career based on both Irish and British located theatre, television and film. These have included the RTÉ/BBC co-production A Love Divided where she portrayed Sheila Cloney, for which she won the 1999 Golden Nymph Best Actress Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She also played one of four main characters in the BBC's drama series Mistresses, Siobhan Dillon, a lawyer who struggled to maintain her relationship with husband Hari while also having an affair with her colleague, Dominic, with whom she later went on to have a child. Also, she has appeared in RTÉ's Proof, and had roles in films such as Words Upon the Window Pane (1994), The Luzhin Defence (2000), How About You (2007), and 32A (2007).
Since moving to California in 2001, Brady has also appeared in Family Law, where she played Naoise O'Niell. The series ran for 3 years on CBS. She has also starred in Nip/Tuck, a US drama about plastic surgeons in which she played Dr. Jordan. She later starred in Shark as Claire Stark, the ex-wife of James Woods. In 2008, she appeared in Firewall, the second episode of the BBC series Wallander. She also appeared as Meredith Gates, a fleecing art collector who herself is conned in the first series of the British series Hustle.
Commencing in 2009, Brady portrayed Elizabeth Bishop, the wife of Walter Bishop and the mother of Peter Bishop in the Fox television series Fringe. In 2010, she appeared in the TV series The Deep alongside James Nesbitt, wherein she played Catherine. She also starred in the TV series Strike Back as Katie Dartmouth.
In 2012, she appeared in the ITV series Eternal Law as Mrs Sheringham, an angel who fell in love with a human and became mortal. She also she played Taryn in the Sky1 series Sinbad. In late 2013, she appeared as the Countess Vera Rossakoff in the television adaptation of The Labours of Hercules, part of the final series of Agatha Christie's Poirot alongside David Suchet.
On 25 December 2013, Brady starred in the 2013 Christmas special episode The Time of the Doctor of the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who as the character Tasha Lem. In 2014, she filmed Banished, playing Anne Meredith.
From 2017 to 2019, she had a main role in the AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands as Lydia. In 2019, Brady portrayed Dr. Hopple in American Horror Story: 1984, the ninth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story.
In 2020 has a recurring role as Laris, in sci-fi series, Star Trek: Picard
In the late 1980s, Brady posed for a series of photographic figure studies that were published in The Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual (1987). An image of Brady posing in her own dress was used by the artist Jack Vettriano as the focal subject of The Singing Butler.
In 2001, Brady moved to Los Angeles, where she met English photographer Nick Brandt, whom she married in December 2002 in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya. She currently[when?] lives in the mountains of Southern California.
|1994||Words Upon the Window Pane||Vanessa|
|1999||A Love Divided||Sheila Kelly Cloney|
|2000||The Luzhin Defence||Aunt Anna|
|2001 / 2004(released)||Silent Grace||Eileen|
|2006||Last Night||Lucy||Short film|
|2007||How About You||Kate Harris|
|2015||The Price of Desire||Eileen Gray|
|2017||The Foreigner||Mary Hennessy|
|2019||A Girl from Mogadishu||Emer Costello|
|2019||Rose Plays Julie||Ellen|
|2019||The Other Me||Marina||filming|
|1993||Minder||Bank Teller||"Opportunity Knocks and Bruises"|
|1994||The Bill||Amy||"No Job for an Amateur"|
|1994||Absolutely Fabulous||Nurse Mary||"Hospital"|
|1994||The Rector's Wife||Sister Josephine||"1.2"|
|1995||Dangerfield||Diane Foster||"Victim of Rape: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1995||New Voices||Ruby||"The Treasure of Zavimbi"|
|1995–1996||Out of the Blue||D.S. Rebecca "Becky" Bennett||Main role; 12 episodes|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Kit Kelly de Goris||"Irish Stew"|
|1996||The Vicar of Dibley||Aoife||"The Christmas Lunch Incident"|
|1997||The Heart Surgeon||Marcella Duggan||TV film|
|1997||Noah's Ark||Clare Somers||Main role; 9 episodes|
|1998||Wuthering Heights||Cathy||TV film|
|1999||Pure Wickedness||Jenny Meadows||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|1999||The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns||Kathleen Fitzpatrick||TV film|
|2001–2002||Family Law||Naoise O'Neill||Regular role; 43 episodes|
|2003||Servants||Flora Ryan||Regular role; 6 episodes|
|2003||The Debt||Angela Jahnsen||TV film|
|2003||Chris Ryan's Strike Back||Katie Dartmouth||TV miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2004||Hustle||Meredith Gates||"Picture Perfect"|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Monica Jordan||"Christian Troy"|
|2004||Lawless||Liz Bird||TV film|
|2004–2005||Proof||Maureen Boland||TV miniseries; 8 episodes|
|2005||Revelations||Nora Webber||TV miniseries; 6 episodes|
|2005||Empire||Atia Balba Caesonia||TV miniseries; 4 episodes|
|2005||World of Trouble||Joan Denny||TV film|
|2006||Sixty Minute Man||Kate Henderson||TV film|
|2006||Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise||Lilly Summers||TV film|
|2007||Protect and Serve||Dr. Lorna Herrera||TV film|
|2007–2008||Shark||Claire Stark||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2008–2010||Mistresses||Siobhan Dillon||Regular role; 16 episodes|
|2010||The Deep||Catherine Donnelly||TV miniseries; 5 episodes|
|2010–2012||Fringe||Elizabeth Bishop||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2012||Sinbad||Taryn||Regular role; 9 episodes|
|2012||Eternal Law||Mrs. Sheringham||Main role|
|2013||Jo||Beatrice Dormont||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Countess Rossakoff||"The Labours of Hercules"|
|2013||Doctor Who||Tasha Lem||"The Time of the Doctor"|
|2015||Banished||Anne Meredith||Main role; 7 episodes|
|2015||American Odyssey||Sofia Tsaldari||Regular role; 9 episodes|
|2015–2019||Into the Badlands||Lydia||Main role; 27 episodes|
|2018||Collateral||Phoebe Dyson||Main role; 4 episodes|
|2019||American Horror Story: 1984||Dr. Karen Hopple||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2020||Star Trek: Picard||Laris|
|2020||The South Westerlies||Kate Ryan||Main role; Series 1|
- Clarke, Donald; Brady, Tara. "The 50 greatest Irish film actors of all time – in order". The Irish Times.
- Interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 12 January 2014
- Philby, Charlotte (5 January 2008). "How Do I Look?: Orla Brady, actress, 46". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Biography". orlabrady.org. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Brits strike gold at Monte Carlo". Broadcastnow.co.uk. 1 March 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- BBC One Programmes: Wallander, bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 30 November 2008.
- Editor@BuddyTV. "Meet Mrs. Bishop: Orla Brady Joins 'Fringe'". TV.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- "Jack Vettriano.com, Profile of Orla Brady". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Jones, Sam (4 October 2005). "Vettriano brought to book by illustrator's manual". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
- Brady had a Catholic upbringing bu.t now considers herself an atheist. Allen Smith, Warren (2002). Celebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Free Thinkers, and More. Barricade Books Inc. p. 130. ISBN 1-56980-214-9.