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Brenda Fricker

This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Deadly (Short) (post-production)
 2013 Forgive Me (TV Series)
Mrs. Smith
- Thy Will Be Done (2013) ... Mrs. Smith
 2013 A Long Way from Home
 2011 The Body Farm (TV Series)
Eileen Quinn
- Episode #1.6 (2011) ... Eileen Quinn
 2011 Cloudburst
 2011 Albert Nobbs
 2010/I Locked In
 2008 Beautiful People (TV Series)
Gran Doonan ('Narg')
- How I Got My Beads (2008) ... Gran Doonan ('Narg')
 2008 Stone of Destiny
Mrs. McQuarry
 2005 Tara Road
 2005/I Milk (Short)
 2004 Razor Fish (Short)
 2004 Rory O'Shea Was Here
 2004/I Trauma
 2003 Veronica Guerin
Bernie Guerin
 2003 Conspiracy of Silence
Annie McLaughlin
 2003 Watermelon (TV Movie)
Teresa Ryan
 2002 The Intended
Mrs. Jones
 2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (TV Movie)
Alexandra MacLean
 2002 No Tears (TV Mini-Series)
Grainne McFadden
 2001 I Was a Rat (TV Movie)
Joan Jones
 2001 War Bride
 2000 Cupid & Cate (TV Movie)
Willie Hendley
 1999 Relative Strangers (TV Mini-Series)
Maureen Lessing
 1999 Durango (TV Movie)
Aunt Maeve
 1999 Resurrection (TV Movie)
Clare's mother
 1998 The American (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bread
 1998 Pete's Meteor
 1998 Resurrection Man
Dorcas Kelly
 1998 Prairie Doves
Annie Ryan
 1996 Swann
Rose Hindmarch
 1996 Moll Flanders
Mrs. Mazzawatti
 1995 Journey (TV Movie)
 1995 A Woman of Independent Means (TV Mini-Series)
Mother Steed
 1994 A Man of No Importance
Lily Byrne
 1994 Deadly Advice
Iris Greenwood
 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer
May Mackenzie
 1992 Seekers (TV Movie)
Stella Hazard
 1992 Utz
 1991 Lethal Innocence (TV Movie)
 1991 Brides of Christ (TV Mini-Series)
Sister Agnes
- Paul (1991) ... Sister Agnes
- Catherine (1991) ... Sister Agnes
- Ambrose (1991) ... Sister Agnes
 1989 Screen Two (TV Series)
- The Picnic (1989)
 1986 To Have and to Hold (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1986)
- Episode #1.7 (1986)
 1985 Exploits at West Poley (TV Movie)
Aunt Draycott
 1985 The Woman Who Married Clark Gable (Short)
 1984 Eh Brian! It's a Whopper (TV Series)
- A Notion of Shopkeeping (1984) ... Bridget
- The Right Hook (1984) ... Bridget
- Ladies' Day (1984) ... Bridget
- The Shape of Things to Come (1984) ... Bridget
- Now Ollie's Gone (1984) ... Bridget
 1983 The Gathering Seed (TV Series)
Kitty Henshaw
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Kitty Henshaw
 1983 Give us a Break (TV Series)
 1982 The Ballroom of Romance
 1982 Angels (TV Series)
- Episode #8.16 (1982)
 1982 Russian Night... 1941 (TV Movie)
 1981 Juliet Bravo (TV Series)
Marion Kershaw
- Catching Up (1981) ... Marion Kershaw
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- Elizabeth Alone: Part 2 (1981) ... Dorothy
- Elizabeth Alone: Part 1 (1981) ... Dorothy
 1979 Bloody Kids
 1979 Quatermass (TV Mini-Series)
Alison Thorpe
- Lovely Lightning (1979) ... Alison Thorpe
- Ringstone Round (1979) ... Alison Thorpe
 1979 The Music Machine
Mrs. Pearson
 1979 Telford's Change (TV Series)
Pat Burton
 1979 The Quatermass Conclusion
Alison Thorpe
 1978 Z Cars (TV Series)
Tina Stevens
- Exposure (1978) ... Tina Stevens
- Quilley on the Spot (1978) ... Tina Stevens
 1978 People Like Us (TV Mini-Series)
- The Biter Bit (1978) ... Gloria
 1976-1978 Play for Today (TV Series)
Eileen Graham / Mollie
- Licking Hitler (1978) ... Eileen Graham
- Your Man from Six Counties (1976) ... Mollie
 1977 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Staff Nurse Maloney
- Episode #1.1667 (1977) ... Staff Nurse Maloney
- Episode #1.1663 (1977) ... Staff Nurse Maloney
 1974 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Pat Moran
- The Virgins (1974) ... Pat Moran
 1973 Helen: A Woman of Today (TV Series)
Caroline Ainsley
- Carole (1973) ... Caroline Ainsley
- Caroline (1973) ... Caroline Ainsley
 1973 Black and Blue (TV Series)
- High Kampf (1973) ... Ellie
 1973 High Kampf (TV Movie)
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
- Hawk Street Horror (1972) ... Molly
 1972 Tales from the Lazy Acre (TV Series)
Concepta Mahood
- Stone Cold Sober (1972) ... Concepta Mahood
 1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
- Stephen D (1972) ... Emma
 1971 The Sinners (TV Mini-Series)
Joan Twomey
- The Little Mother (1971) ... Joan Twomey
 1969 Sinful Davey (uncredited)
 1965 Deirdre (TV Movie)
 1964 Of Human Bondage
Bit Part (uncredited)
Show Show Self (10 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Other Works:

She acted in Edna O'Brien's play, "A Pagan Place," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Veronica Quilligan, Donal Cox, Declan Mulholland, David Burke, Struan Rodger, Avril Elgar, and David Daker in the cast. Ronald Eyre was director. See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Personal Quote:

If you're doing a scene and you think you're doing it wrong, just swear in the middle of it and then the director can't use it. It's an arrogant way of doing it, but unfortunately it's the only way of self-protection. You have to be a bit anarchic sometimes. See more »


Became pregnant six times during her marriage to Barry Davies; on all of those occasions she suffered miscarriages. See more »

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