Owen Roe (actor)

Owen Roe (born 30 May 1959) is an Irish actor, playwright and theatrical director.[1][2]

Owen Roe
Born30 May 1959 (1959-05-30) (age 63)
Occupationactor, theatre director
Years active1970s–present
Notable workScrap Saturday
Michèle Forbes
(m. 1984)

Early lifeEdit

Roe was born in Dublin in 1959.[3]


Roe studied at the Oscar School of Acting and the Brendan Smith Academy in the late 1970s.[4][5]

Roe has been a prolific stage actor for decades. He won an Irish Theatre Award for plaiyng Claudius in Hamlet. He also won a Special Tribute Award at the The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2019.[6] He also wrote one play, Fear of Feathers, staged at the Andrews Lane Theatre in 1991.[7][8]

On TV, Roe has appeared on Scarlett, The Ambassador, Ballykissangel, Rásaí na Gaillimhe, Penny Dreadful, Vikings and Fair City.,[9] and as Oliver Cromwell in The History Channel Documentary "Cromwell: God's Executioner" based on the book by Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú [1]

He has appeared in several films, mostly made in Ireland, including Michael Collins (as Arthur Griffith), Intermission and Breakfast on Pluto.[10] He has received three IFTA nominations.[11]

On radio, Roe was one-third of the Scrap Saturday political satire series, and is best remembered for his impression of P. J. Mara, loyal adviser to Charles Haughey.[12][13][14] He also appeared on Baldi (BBC Radio 4) as Inspector Rynne.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Roe lives in Dublin. He is married to the actress and writer Michèle Forbes; they have two children.[15][4]


  1. ^ Dubost, Thierry (14 March 2015). The Plays of Thomas Kilroy: A Critical Study. McFarland. ISBN 9780786482603 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Leeney, Cathy; McMullan, Anna (12 July 2003). The Theatre of Marina Carr: "before Rules was Made". Peter Lang. ISBN 9780953425778 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Owen Roe". BFI.
  4. ^ a b "Owen Roe: 'Becoming a dad changed my life. It was seismic'". The Irish Times.
  5. ^ Ryan, Tim (12 July 1992). Mara PJ. Blackwater Press. ISBN 9780861214068 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Owen Roe: 'How can you study Beckett and not know anything about Laurel and Hardy?'". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ https://www.irishplayography.com/play.aspx?playid=30894[bare URL]
  8. ^ "Theatre Ireland". Theatre Ireland. 12 July 1991 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ a b "Owen Roe". agency.
  10. ^ "Voicebank Dublin". Voicebank Dublin.
  11. ^ "Owen Roe". IMDb.
  12. ^ McDonald, Frank (25 October 2018). Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780241977651 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ Ryan, Tim (12 July 1992). Mara PJ. Blackwater Press. ISBN 9780861214068 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "Scrap Saturday Returns". RTÉ Archives.
  15. ^ "Owen Roe".

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