Spotlight profile

I grew up in a small town in Ireland where I shared my childhood with a multitude of chickens, pigs, and a strange obsession with Jack Nicholson. When I was 17, I moved to London where I gained an unholy coffee addiction, a newfound love for people-watching – in an endearing Parisian way, not a creepy uncle way and a passion for acting.”

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

A working one! hope to be working on both stage and screen and to be lucky enough to have the opportunity to challenge and develop myself as an actor. I am also very interested in writing and performing my own work.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?

Everything Between Us by David Ireland for my stage piece. How Teeni masks her vulnerabilities using dark humour is painfully relatable. She occasionally lets the mask she has created slip, allowing the audience to experience her inner turmoil – even if only for a fleeting moment.
For my screen piece I’ve chosen Scenes From The Big Picture by Owen Caffery. The writing brilliantly captures the inconsistencies and incoherence of Maeve’s thoughts in her search for clarity. There is something raw and unapologetically human about the fast-paced, restless, and fidgety nature of Maeve’s unprocessed emotions.

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

Stoner by John Williams. Just an incredible great American novel which focuses on the very mundane and ordinary life of a teacher. It has in no way inspired me to become a teacher. Its an observation of a life that is completely unaffected by the opportunity to change [whereas] I’ve been trying my best to be affected by opportunity in the most healthy way possible – making my life eventful as opposed to mundane. It’s easier said than done.

How do you keep creative? 

Creativity comes to me by challenging myself, keeping current and knowing what’s happening in the world around me. I find nothing more interesting than real characters and their stories. Being observant and aware of everyday life aids me in developing believable, relatable characters.

What is the dream role you’d love to play?

My dream would be to play Katie Taylor in a movie based on her life. It has not been made yet, but it will be, I assure you! She is an Irish boxer from Bray in Ireland. In her early career she had to dress up as a boy because females were not allowed to compete in amateur bouts. She went on to represent Ireland in the London 2012 Olympics and later became the undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion of the world. She has had an incredible journey both in and outside of the ring.

What do you hope to be doing this time next year?

I would like to be in a position where I chose to work on projects I am passionate about. Whether that is because of the content of the piece, the creative team, or the type of audience I am performing to.