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Susan Lynch (born 5 June 1971) is a Northern Irish actress.[1] A three-time IFTA Award winner, she also won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2003 film, 16 Years of Alcohol. Her other film appearances include Waking Ned (1998), Nora (2000), Beautiful Creatures (2000), and From Hell (2001).

Susan Lynch
Born (1971-06-05) 5 June 1971 (age 48)
EducationCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Craig Parkinson
RelativesJohn Lynch (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Lynch was born in Corrinshego, Newry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, to an Italian mother from Trivento (Campobasso) and an Irish father.[2] She has four siblings, including oldest brother John Lynch, an actor.[3]


She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and in August 2004, she starred in The Night Season at the Royal National Theatre in London. In 2008 was one of the leads in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida Theatre.

Her film roles include Beautiful Creatures (2000),[4] Waking Ned (1998), and the title role in Nora (2000), about Nora Barnacle, James Joyce's wife.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, Lynch moved to Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, with her husband, actor Craig Parkinson.[7] The couple have one son.[1]


Lynch has won three Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, including Best Leading Actress for her work in the film Nora.


Year Film Role Notes
1991 The Bill Trainee Investigator TV series (1 episode: "Six of One")
1992 Screen One Receptionist 2 TV series (1 episode: "Running Late")
1993 Cracker Tina TV series (3 episodes)
1994 The Secret of Roan Inish Selkie
Interview with the Vampire Paris Vampire
1995 Dangerous Lady Maura Ryan TV serial (4 episodes)
The Perfect Match Erica TV movie
1996 Truth or Dare Mel TV movie
1997 Ivanhoe Rebecca TV serial (6 episodes)
A Royal Scandal Caroline of Brunswick TV movie
Downtime Chrissy
1998 Kings in Grass Castles Sarah TV serial
Amongst Women Maggie TV serial
Waking Ned Maggie O'Toole Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Deceit Corinna
2000 Nora Nora Barnacle IFTA Award for Best Actress
Beautiful Creatures Dorothy Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2001 Happy Now? Tina Trent
From Hell Liz Stride
Morlang Ann Morlang
Sweet Revenge Madeleine TV movie
Dumping Elaine Beth short
Mapmaker Jane Bates Nominated — IFTA Award for Best Actress in a Feature Film
2002 Jedermanns Fest Maria
Any Time Now Stevie McCutcheon IFTA Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama
2003 16 Years of Alcohol Mary British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
IFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Casa de los babys Eileen
Bye-Child Woman short
Red Roses and Petrol Catherine Doyle
2004 School of Life Teacher short
Mickybo and Me Torch Woman
Enduring Love Rachel
Bodies Dr. Maria Orton Nominated — IFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in Film/TV
2005 Duane Hopwood Gina
Dalziel and Pascoe Dr. Janet Rix TV series (2 episodes)
2006 A Woman in Winter Marianne
The Ten Commandments Miriam TV movie
Soundproof Penny Nominated — RTS Television Award for Best Actress
Someone Else Lisa
2007 The Robber Bride Charis White TV movie
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Annette Fleming
2009 City Rats Gina
The Unloved Lucy's Mother TV movie
Holy Water Geraldine
The Race Katey Kensay
The Scouting Book for Boys Sharon
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Isabella "Tib" Norcliffe TV movie
Capture Anthologies: Love, Lust and Tragedy Woman (segment: "Bye-Child") video
Marple: The Pale Horse Sybil Stamfordis TV movie
Moving On Tina TV series (1 episode: "Malaise")
2011 Monroe Anna Monroe TV series (6 episodes)
Hideaways Mrs. O'Mara
New Tricks Claudia Scott TV series (1 episode: "Moving Target")
2011 Great Expectations Molly TV series (3 episodes)
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Lili Peel TV series (2 episodes)
2013 Ambassadors Caitlin TV series
2014 Chasing Shadows Dr Ellesmere TV mini-series
2016 Happy Valley Alison Garrs Series 2
The Secret Scripture Nurse
2017 Apple Tree Yard Susannah TV miniseries
Bad Day for the Cut Frankie Pierce
2018 Ready Player One Aunt Alice
Killing Eve Anna TV series (2 episodes)
Doctor Who Angstrom TV series (1 episode: "The Ghost Monument")
2019 Here Are the Young Men Post-production


  1. ^ a b "BBC's Common actress Susan Lynch on working with 'lovely' Johnny Depp and 'amazing' Ewan McGregor". Gloucestershire Live. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Flint Marx, Rebecca "Susan Lynch Biography Archived 13 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine",; retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ Dwyer, Michael (26 January 1997). "What a Difference A Year Makes". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ Dicker, Ron (2001) "Rachel Weisz's Moment: Three New Movies Will Test British Actress' Box-Office Power In U.S.", Hartford Courant, 18 March 2001, retrieved 15 August 2011
  5. ^ Maddox, Brenda (8 August 1999). "Film; Where Nora Joyce Fell For a Talented Nobody". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ Ojumu, Akin (14 May 2000). "Susan Lynch's portrayal of James Joyce's wife". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  7. ^ Tate, Gabriel (26 April 2016). "Line of Duty's Craig Parkinson on playing TV's nastiest man: 'I'm a master at lurking'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2016.

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