Deirdre played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the Bishop’s Palace in 2018 and Viola in Twelfth Night in 2019. Last year, she unleashed her Courtesan and Dr. Pinch in The Comedy of Errors and this year, because there’s no one left to stop her, she’ll be presenting her Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Deirdre is an actor, director and activist. Brought up in Dublin, she studied Classical Civilisation and Drama & Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin and then English Literature at St Andrews University in Scotland before going on to train as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress in Film in 2017 and gave an impassioned acceptance speech about equal representation in the performing arts in the UK. She’s a co-founding member of ERA 50:50, a campaign group fighting for equality of opportunity.
Deirdre’s theatre roles include Lika in the premier of Marina Carr‘s 16 Possible Glimpses at the Abbey Theatre, Jessie in Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre and Rosalind in As You Like It at the Globe. She was a regular in Greg Davies’s award-winning comedy series Man Down on C4. She also played Anne Shakespeare in TNT series Will about the life of William Shakespeare and arch baddie, Tante Heleen, in Netflix series Shadow & Bone. Most recently, she shot a feature adaptation of a short story by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), In the Lost Lands, starring Dave Bautista and Milla Jovovich which will be out in 2023.
Deirdre wants to be a film-maker when she grows up.