Tara Lynne O'Neill

Tara-Lynne O'Neill (born 16 November 1975) is a film, theatre and television actress from Northern Ireland.

Tara Lynne O'Neill
Lynne James

(1975-11-16) 16 November 1975 (age 45)
Other namesTara O'Neill
Years active1985–present

Early lifeEdit

Growing up she was an aspiring dentist, but abandoned this, after failing her General Certificate of Secondary Education in Chemistry.[1] At Sixth form college she opted for a career in acting.[2]


Film and televisionEdit

O'Neill started work as a television presenter on Saturday Disney from 1993-1996. She was also a main presenter on a young-people television show, The Over the Wall Gang for BBC Northern Ireland. She later played Joanne Ryan in EastEnders between 20 September 2002 and 21 August 2003.

O'Neill also appeared in film roles such as the town's seductress in The Most Fertile Man in Ireland (1999). Recently she appeared in The Fall.[3] In 2018, she joined the main cast of Derry Girls as Mary Quinn.[4][5] The second series of Derry Girls premiered on 5 March 2019.[6]

Other role includes The Informant (1997), Disco Pigs (2001), Full Circle and Omagh (2004)


In addition to television and film, at age 19 she appeared on stage at the Grand Opera House in Belfast as Sandy in a production of the musical "Grease".

In 2006 O'Neill appeared as Rita in a theatre production of "Educating Rita" staged at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.[7]


  1. ^ "Tara Lynne O'Neill on her favourite things". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Arts Q&A: Tara Lynne O'Neill on Eddi Reader, La La Land and women's football". The Irish News. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Episode 2, Series 3, The Fall - Credits - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Tara Lynne O'Neill on joys of playing fierce mum in hit sitcom Derry Girls". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ Doran, Sarah (11 January 2017). "Derry Girls review: Channel 4's new comedy is the best antidote for the January blues". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Derry Girls Season 2". Channel 4.
  7. ^ "Left: Ivan Little and Tara Lynne O'Neill in rehearsals for Educating Rita, which opens at the Lyric Theatre tomorrow". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 December 2017.