Dervla Kirwan

Born Oct 24, 1971

Dervla Kirwan is an Irish television and stage actress famous for roles in British television shows which included Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart among others. She also appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special episode, "The Next Doctor" and provided the voiceovers for the well-known "This is not just food" television advertising campaign for UK retailer Marks & Spencer.… Read More

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1971 Birth Born on October 24, 1971.


1988 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Her first credited TV roles were in the TV series Troubles in 1988 and The Lilac Bus in 1990 alongside Stephanie Beacham based on Maeve Binchy's novel.
1991 19 Years Old She got her television break in the 1991 BBC Scotland production of A Time To Dance, adapted by Melvyn Bragg from his own novel, playing Bernadette Kennedy. … Read More


1992 20 Years Old In 1992, she also starred in Hush by April De Angelis at the Royal Court Theatre, while January 1994 found her playing in Peter Hall's seasonal production of Georges Feydeau's farce An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre … Read More
1996 24 Years Old 1 More Event
For 23 episodes, from 1996–1998, she appeared in Ballykissangel in the role of Assumpta Fitzgerald. … Read More
1998 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, she starred alongside Christopher Eccleston in the Michael Winterbottom film With Or Without You as Belfast girl Rosie Boyd.
1999 27 Years Old In 1999, she appeared in another BBC production, a made for TV Christmas film called The Greatest Store in the World. … Read More
2001 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, she starred as Emma Rose in a BBC series Hearts and Bones alongside Sarah Parish, Amanda Holden, Hugo Speer and Damien Lewis. … Read More


2004 32 Years Old She appeared in the BBC 1 crime drama series 55 Degrees North with Don Gilet, which aired in 2004.
2005 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned for a second series in 2005. … Read More
2006 34 Years Old In 2006, she played Bertha in Exiles at the National Theatre.
2007 35 Years Old In 2007, she appeared in the BBC drama True Dare Kiss and on stage in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse. … Read More
2009 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Kirwan was in the BBC drama Moving On, where she played Laura in the episode Dress To Impress. … Read More
2010 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Kirwan won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film at the 2010 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) for her role in Ondine. … Read More
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