|Date of Birth:||1946|
|Birth Place:||Dublin, Ireland|
|Portrays:||Queen Isabel of Caledonia|
|Appeared in:||Heavy is the Head|
Dearbhla Molloy (born 1946, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actress of the stage and screen from Dublin.
Career Background Edit
She left school at sixteen and claims that, whilst she had no burning ambitions to act, she was too young for university entry and so her parents allowed her to appear in plays at the Abbey. It was lucky for her that they were being performed in the Irish language, which she had learnt at school. She was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and has played Gertrude to Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet in the West End. In 1991 she was in the company that performed Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, about the sad lives of a group of sisters in pre-war rural Ireland, on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony award, though her role went to the non-Irish Kathy Burke in the cinema version. She has appeared in television plays and series, notably as Michael Palin's wife in the GBH and also in New Tricks - as a murderer - and Midsomer Murders - as a murder victim and Sex, the City and Me.
Among her theatrical credits are: Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre); In Celebration (Duke of York's Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock, A Touch of the Poet (on Broadway); Juno and the Paycock (Donmar Warehouse); The Cripple of Inishmaan, On the Ledge, Hinterland (National Theatre); Arcadia (Haymarket); The Life of the World to Come (Almeida); The Hostage (Royal Shakespeare Company); and The Plough and the Stars (Young Vic).
In April 2017, she will appear in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, ahead of a transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.