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Date of Birth 1955, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
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Brid Brennan was born in 1955 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an actress, known for Brooklyn (2015), Shadow Dancer (2012) and Excalibur (1981).
She won a Tony in 1992 featured actress: "Dancing At Lughnasa"
She was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 2001 for her performance in The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
Began her career in Dublin, acting at the Abbey and Gate theaters.
Appearing in "The Cosmonauts's Last Message" at the Donmar Warehouse, London [May 2005]
Active - 1981 - 2015 | Genres - Drama
Bríd Brennan (born 1955) is a Northern Irish actress of film, stage and television, best known for her theatre work. She originated the role of Agnes in critically acclaimed performances of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa for which she won a Tony Award. She later reprised this role in the film version, starring alongside Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon in 1998
Beginning her acting career in Dublin, Brennan appeared in many of the major theatres including the Gate Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre, as well as touring community centres with Moving Theatre.
Brennan created the role of Agnes Mundy in Brian Friel's play Dancing at Lughnasa" (1990). She played the role in the original Dublin, West End and Broadway (1992–1992) productions, winning the 1992 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Brennan portrayed the character Janet in the National Theatre's 1994 production of Rutherford and Son and was subsequently nominated for an Olivier Award the following year. She then went on to play the lead role of Lady Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare Company's national tour of Macbeth in 1996-1997.
In 1999, Brennan played Maisie Madigan in Pearson's production of Juno and the Payc*ck at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, alongside Michael Gambon whom she had previously appeared with in the 1998 film adaptation of Dancing at Lughnasa. In 2002 Brennan was again nominated for an Oliviver award for her performance in the Donmar Warehouse's 2001 production of "The Little Foxes". In 2006, she starred as Sister Aloysius in a production of Doubt at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
In March 2014 it was announced that she had been cast in the role of Kate Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, playing at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in May/June 2014, performing alongside Tom Mannion and Charles Aitken, the latter of whom she had previously performed with in The Old Vic's 2013 production of Sweet Bird of Youth.
Radio, television and film work
Brennan featured as a guest star in the British television series Cracker in 1995 as a prostitute-hating killer in the episode "Brotherly Love". Coincidentally, she co-starred in this particular episode with fellow Irish actor Lorcan Cranitch, with whom she would later co-star in Dancing at Lughnasa. Brid also acted in the BBC Play for Today series with fellow Belfast natives Sir Kenneth Branagh and James Ellis.
She reprised her performance of Agnes on screen in Noel Pearson's film adaptation of Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), starring Meryl Streep, for which Brennan won an Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress.
In 2010, Brennan appeared in the television shows Doctor Who and The Escape Artist, both alongside David Tennant.
Brennan gave an award-winning performance in 2012's Shadow Dancer, winning an IFTA for her role as Ma. According to the director James Marsh, the fact that she had grown up in West Belfast during the Troubles was significant as by casting Irish actors "it felt that they knew this world better than I did and I felt they could help me and guide me". In the mid-late 1960s Brid also lived in the upper middle class area of the Somerton Road/Glastonbury Avenue/Antrim Road, North Belfast. That area of Belfast was renowned for its mixed population of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish professionals. Brid also attended convent school in County Down.>
For RTÉ Radio 1, Brennan played the role of Lucia Joyce in Thomas Kilroy's In the Garden of the Asylum in 2009.
1992 – Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Dancing at Lughnasa
1992 – Drama Desk Award for Ensemble Performance for Dancing at Lughnasa
1992 – Theatre World Special Award for Ensemble Performance for Dancing at Lughnasa
1995 – Nominated for Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rutherford and Son
1999 – Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress for Dancing at Lughnasa (film) 
2002 – Nominated for Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Little Foxes
2012 – Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for Shadow Dancer (shared with Andrea Riseborough)
2013 – Irish Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actress Film for Shadow Dancer (film)
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