| 9.7°C Dublin

From Ireland's first soap to bright lights of Hollywood

BRENDA Fricker has worked on film and stage for almost five decades.

But most will know her for role as Christy Brown's mother in the 1989 movie My Left Foot. Her performance as devoted mother Bridget Brown saw her win an Oscar and catapulted her to international attention.

Before that she was well known for her role as nurse Megan Roach in the BBC series Casualty.

Her performance in My Left Foot came after the Dublin-born actress had spent more than two decades in movies and theatre, including a role in Tolka Row, Ireland's first ever soap.

Most of her major film roles took place in the 1990s, in the wake of her Oscar win.


She starred along side Richard Harris in the big-budget adaptation of John B Keane's The Field and also in the Hollywood comedies So I Married An Axe Murderer and Benny And Joon.

In more recent years she played Veronica Guerin's mother Bernie in the 2003 biopic Veronica Guerin.

She also starred alongside Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs.

Among her theatre work has been roles in The Plough And The Stars in London and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in Los Angeles.