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Marie Kean (1918–1993)

Educated at Loreto College, North Great George's Street, Dublin. Joined Gaiety School of Acting in 1947, began acting professionally with the Radio Éireann Players in 1948, later joining the Abbey Theatre company. She soon became recognised as a character actress of exceptional force and talent. Received Jacob's Television Award in 1964 for her ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Dublin, Ireland

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Barry Lyndon
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The Dead
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 1990 The Real Charlotte (TV Mini-Series)
Julia Duffy
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Julia Duffy
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Julia Duffy
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Julia Duffy
 1987 The Rockingham Shoot (TV Movie)
Mrs. Reilly
 1987 The Dead
Mrs. Malins
 1983 The Irish R.M. (TV Series)
Mrs. Brickley
- The Boat's Share (1983) ... Mrs. Brickley
 1982 Angel
 1979 A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie)
1st Witch
 1978 The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie)
 1975 Barry Lyndon
Barry's Mother
 1974 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Molly Feeley
- Harry Lifters (1974) ... Molly Feeley
 1971 The Sinners (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Wilson
- The Highwayman and the Saint (1971) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1970 Ryan's Daughter
Mrs. McCardle
 1968 Great Catherine
Princess Dashkoff
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Maggie Maloney
- The Confession (1967) ... Maggie Maloney
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Bessie Burgess
- The Plough and the Stars (1967) ... Bessie Burgess
 1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Shelagh Mangan
- Little Moon of Alban (1967) ... Shelagh Mangan
 1967 Mrs Thursday (TV Series)
- Only Washing and Babies (1967) ... Kate
 1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Susan Jay
- R.S.V.P. (1967) ... Susan Jay
 1966 The Fighting Prince of Donegal
The Mother
 1962-1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Corish / Mrs. Dunphy / Mrs. Carmody
- Great Big Blonde (1966) ... Mrs. Corish
- I Loved You Last Summer (1965) ... Mrs. Dunphy
- The Irish Boys (1962) ... Mrs. Carmody
 1966 Public Eye (TV Series)
Mrs. Gannon
- It's a Terrible Way to Be (1966) ... Mrs. Gannon
 1966 Cul-De-Sac
Marion Fairweather
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes
Josie Hannigan (as Maire Kean)
 1963-1964 Festival (TV Series)
Flower Woman / Dante
- Stephen D (1963) ... Dante
 1963 Jane Eyre (TV Series)
Miss Miller
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... Miss Miller
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Ma French
- June Fall (1963) ... Ma French
 1962 Stork Talk
Mrs. Webster
 1962 The Quare Fellow
Mrs. O'Hara
 1961 The Big Gamble
 1961 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Widow Dooney
- Once a Horseplayer (1961) ... Widow Dooney (as Maire Kean)
 1960 The Night Fighters
Mrs. Matia Devlin (the publican)
 1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mary Cort
- The Uninvited (1958) ... Mary Cort
 1958 The Poacher's Daughter
Ellen Carey
 1958 Rooney
Mrs. O'Flynn (as Maire Kean)
 1956 Jacqueline
Mrs. Flannagan (as Maire Kean)
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She acted in George Bernard Shaw's plays, "The Man of Destiny," and "O' Flaherty VC," at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Bill Wallis, Timothy Carlton, and Sian Phillips in the cast. Robert Kidd and Peter Gill were directors. See more »

Alternate Names:

Maire Kean

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Her last appearance was in John Huston's film of Joyce's The Dead. Died in Dublin on 29 December 1993, predeceased by her husband, William Mulvey, and survived by a son and a daughter, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. See more »

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