Seána Kerslake

Seána Kerslake /ˈʃɔːnə ˈkərzlk/[1][2] is an Irish actress.[3][4] She is known for portraying the role of Aisling O'Dowd in RTÉ2 comedy-drama Can't Cope, Won't Cope (2016–2018).[5][4] In 2017, she was named one of sixteen young actors by Screen International as a Star of Tomorrow.[3]

Seána Kerslake
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Early lifeEdit

Kerslake, the middle of three daughters of John and Deirdre Kerslake, was born and raised in Tallaght, South County Dublin.[6][5][7] She went on to study English and music at NUI Maynooth.[8][7]


In 2010, while a student, Kerslake was cast in Kirsten Sheridan's Dollhouse, an unscripted Irish film.[9][7][8][10] Her performance earned her an Irish Film & Television Academy award nomination in 2013.[8][7]

Kerslake studied screen acting at The Factory, Bow Street, Dublin.[11][7][9]

In 2016, Kerslake played the title character in A Date for Mad Mary directed by Darren Thornton.[12][13] Her performance earned positive reviews from The Hollywood Reporter ("mesmerizing"[14]) and Variety ("a barnstorming central performance"[15]). She was awarded the Breakthrough Award by the Dublin Film Critics' Circle, and the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016.[7][5][16]

Her first London stage appearance was in May 2018 as Kat in Joe Penhall's Mood Music, director Roger Michell, at The Old Vic.[17]

She appeared in the 2018 film Dublin Oldschool.

She starred in Lee Cronin's The Hole in the Ground, which was released in 2019.[4]

Can't Cope, Won't CopeEdit

From 2016 until 2018, Kerslake played Aisling, a struggling twenty-something in RTÉ Two's Can't Cope, Won't Cope.[4][6] The first season has also been carried by BBC 3 and Netflix in the US and UK.[4][18][19] A second series was commissioned in 2017.[4] The series also featured Amy Huberman.[20]


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  2. ^ "Who is Camilla Kerslake? Wedding, Instagram, husband and songs revealed". Classic FM.
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  5. ^ a b c Smith, Andrea (25 September 2016). "Ireland's 40 under 40 you should know". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Gallagher, Jim (28 August 2016). "Meet Seana Kerslake, the busiest Irish actress of 2016". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Brady, Tara (22 August 2016). "Seána Kerslake: the hottest new name in Irish cinema". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "talented seana's reaching for the stars". Irish Independent. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b Mullally, Una (20 August 2016). "Ireland: the next generation". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ Falvey, Deirdre (3 October 2017). "Are these the Irish film stars of the future?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  11. ^ Jarlath Regan (23 March 2018). "Steve Wall". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (236 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ Dennehy, Mary (8 September 2016). "Seana Kerslake: A Date for Mad Mary". Evening Echo. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018 – via Wayback machine.
  13. ^ Hayes, Katy (28 January 2018). "Spoiler wars". Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  14. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (15 July 2016). "'A Date for Mad Mary': Karlovy Vary Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ Kiang, Jessica (4 July 2016). "Film Review: 'A Date for Mad Mary'". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  16. ^ Clarke, Donald (17 December 2016). "Dublin Film Critics Circle Names I, Daniel Blake Best of 2016". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  17. ^ Bano, Tim. "Joe Penhall's Mood Music review". The Stage. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Is 'Can't Cope, Won't Cope' available to watch on UK Netflix?". NewOnNetflixUK. 2 January 2018. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Is 'Can't Cope, Won't Cope' available to watch on Netflix in America?". NewOnNetflixUSA. 2 January 2018. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018.
  20. ^ O'Grady, Sean (20 September 2016). "'I studied up in Coppers for my new TV role' - Seana Kerslake". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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