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 Damian Lewis. … Read More


2003 31 Years Old In 2003, Kirwan again appeared on stage with Penry-Jones in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Bristol Old Vic directed by Samuel West.
2004 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Kirwan starred in School for Seduction, a 2004 film which also starred Kelly Brook.
2005 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned for a second series in 2005. … Read More
2006 - 2007 2 More Events
2008 36 Years Old Kirwan appeared as the villain Miss Hartigan in The Next Doctor, the 2008 Christmas special of Doctor Who, alongside David Tennant and David Morrissey.
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
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.
2011 39 Years Old In 2011, Kirwan worked on Injustice a five-part psychological thriller on ITV written by Anthony Horowitz. … Read More


2012 40 Years Old 1 More Event
From April to May 2012, Kirwan appeared on stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre in a Jeremy Herrin production of Uncle Vanya. … Read More
2013 41 Years Old In April 2013, Kirwan was cast as Valerie in Josie Rourke's revival of The Weir by Conor McPherson at the Donmar Warehouse. … Read More
2014 42 Years Old In late 2014, Kirwan made her second stint at the Chichester Festival Theatre as Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a play by Terrence McNally about the relationship between waitress, Frankie and short-order cook, Johnny played by Neil Stuke. … Read More
2015 43 Years Old Dervla Kirwan has also branched out to producing, taking on the role as an associate producer of an independent film, Silent Hours which as of April 2015, is currently in post-production.
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