Deirdre played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the Bishop’s Palace in 2018 and Viola in Twelfth Night in 2019.
She is an actor, director, voiceover artist 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 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 speech about ERA 50:50 a campaign group (of which she is a co-founding member) which advocates for equality in the arts in the UK.
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 comedy series Man Down on C4 and The Frankenstein Chronicles opposite Sean Bean. Most recently she played Anne Shakespeare in TNT’s new series Will about the life of William Shakespeare. You can also catch her in Mumford & Sons’ latest music video for Beloved, in new comedy series Flack and Amazon series The Romanoffs.
Deirdre spent a year in a cupboard at ITV being a continuity announcer. She wants to be a film-maker when she grows up.