Susan Loughnane

Susan Patricia Loughnane (born 16 February 1987) is an Irish actress and author. She is known for playing Debbie in drama Love/Hate, for which she won the 2013 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her first novel The Art of Scandal was published in October 2014.

Susan Loughnane
Susan Patricia Loughnane

(1987-02-16) 16 February 1987 (age 34)
OccupationActress, Writer
Years active2007–present


Loughnane trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.[2] Loughnane's first role was on the Irish hidden-camera comedy TV series Anonymous[3] as the daughter of Pamela Flood's character Doreen. She then appeared as Elaine in Single-Handed.[4]

Loughnane was also a contestant on the sixth series of Britain's Next Top Model in 2010. She auditioned for the show as "a challenge" to herself and because she was struggling to find work in Ireland due to the recession. She was the last contestant selected for the final fourteen, which she described as "painful".[5] She was eliminated early in the series, but continued to model, and was employed by Morgan the Agency.[1]

Loughnane appeared as Debbie in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of Love/Hate between 2011 and 2013. During this time, she retained her job as a cashier in an Abercrombie & Fitch store, stating she kept the job in case acting "doesn't work out".[2] Initially introduced as the girlfriend of Aiden Gillen's character John Boy, Debbie spiraled into heroin abuse and prostitution before ultimately dying of an overdose in the fourth season.[2][4] Loughnane won the 2013 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.[6]

She also played the guest role of Chloe in Hollyoaks in August 2013, and returned for a longer stint in November of that year.[7] She went on to appear in Loving Miss Hatto and The Food Guide to Love in 2010 and 2013 respectively.[4] In 2014, she appeared in Poison Pen alongside Lochlann O'Mearain, before completing a course in standup comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.[8][9] The following year, Loughnane joined the Hardy Bucks television show as Patty.[10]

Loughnane's first novel, The Art of Scandal, was published in October 2014.[4][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Loughnane got engaged to her long-term boyfriend in February 2015, and they married in August 2016.[11] The couple had been dating since they met in secondary school.[8] Loughnane announced her pregnancy on her second wedding anniversary in August 2018.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Martyr's Crown Young Woman Short film
2007 Hardly Hartley The Creativity Short film
2008 Anton Beautiful French girl
2009 Hotel Darklight Derval
2013 The Food Guide to Love Fiona
2014 Poison Pen Shona
2014 Out of Reach Female lead Short film
2016 A Dark Song Victoria


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Anonymous Susan
2010 Britain's Next Top Model Herself
2010 Maru Jane Reynolds Episode: "The Murder of Rosa Di Lucia"
2010 Single-Handed Elaine 2 episodes
2010 The Guards Sarah Episode: "Brothers"
2010 Loving Miss Hatto Publishing girl TV film
2011–2013 Love/Hate Debbie
2013–2014 Hollyoaks Chloe
2015 Hardy Bucks Patty


  1. ^ a b Finn, Melanie (6 August 2011). "Model Susan sheds the glam to play Love/Hate druggie". The Herald. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane behind the till at Abercrombie & Fitch". Irish Independent. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Anonymous Series 2, Episode 4". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Finn, Melanie (18 June 2014). "From Love/Hate hooker to Booker as Susan gets busy penning new novel". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  5. ^ McIntyre, Sarah (9 July 2010). "Interview with Susan Loughnane". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  6. ^ "IFTA Winners 2013". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Digital Spy – TV, movies and entertainment news". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c McCahill, Elaine (25 November 2014). "Love/Hate's Susan Loughnane heads to New York to train as stand-up". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Heart-throb Lochlann O'Mearain poised to crack America with TV role in 'Outlander'". Irish Independent. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Love/Hate's Susan Loughnane and Fair City star Aoibheann McCaul to star as 'love interests' in new series of 'Hardy Bucks'". Irish Independent. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  11. ^ Finn, Melanie (12 August 2016). "Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane stuns in vintage wedding to school beau". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  12. ^ O'Loughlin, Mike (12 August 2018). "RTE star Susan Loughnane announces she is pregnant two years after wedding". RSVP Live. Retrieved 21 October 2019.

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