About Me

I grew up in Ballyfermot in Dublin. My first stage performance was in Claddagh Green Community Centre when I was 5 years old in a local talent contest. I made it to the finals and won third prize. I knew then that performing was something I could call my own.

 

I've always loved to sing and having become accustomed to hearing The Dubliners and the Chieftains at home I’d imitate the old men's voices and as time moved on I started imitating female singers like Bette Midler and Patsy Cline. I entered talent contests and performed in plays during the summer at Ballyfermot Library. These were co-ordinated by the library staff in an effort to keep the local kids off the streets and I don’t know if many adults ever came to our performances, but they kept us entertained at least.

Vital Statistics

Height: 5”3

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eyes Color: Hazel

Playing Age 30 to 40

Location: Dublin, Ireland.

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At age fourteen I joined The National Performing Arts School. By sixteen years of age I was cast in a leading role their big musical show ‘The Secret Life Of Seymour Stephens’ at The Olympia Theatre. I played the villain – a school teacher who tormented Seymour and in his nightmares I would appear as The Wicked Witch of the East from The Wizard Of Oz and Miss Hannigan from Annie. It was great fun and I learnt lot. I couldn’t get enough of theatre so I joined a Shakespearean Theatre Company in Clondalkin and performed Lady Macbeth around this time too. Jerry Royal who ran Ballyfermot Theatre Workshops saw how passionate I was about the stage and provided me with numerous opportunities to flex my acting muscles and make some pocket money along the way. I was also working as a karaoke guest singer and entering and winning big money talent contests all over Dublin at the time. I would regularly appear at the Lower Deck pub in Portobello and it was there I met Frank Allen who ran a theatre company called Tobarnarun. He was looking to cast an eighteen year old in one of his plays called Cafe Slices. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Maureen Hughes cast me in my first feature films ‘Crushproof’ and ‘Accelerator’ and when I was twenty years old she was casting a new Marina Carr play called 'On Raftery’s Hill' with Druid Theatre Company and The Royal Court in London. It was big deal as we were travelling to Washington and London as well as performing in the Gate Theatre in Dublin so there were quite a few callbacks, and in the end I won the role of Sorrell. It was my first proper professional theatre gig. I thought I had a good grasp on theatre at that point, it turned out that this was only the beginning of my journey and I had a lot to learn. We toured for about four months and it was a rollercoaster ride, one I’ll never forget.

Since then I've been in various television shows, feature films​ and stage plays, as well as continuing to sing on occasion.

I set up Visions Drama School and Agency in order to keep creative and support and advise the next generation of talented actors with the skills that I have picked up along the way, but the truth is you never stop learning as an actor and more often than not, they teach me.

I'm so proud of what I have achieved so far and always want to keep learning, honing my acting skills and of course take on challenging new roles.

Film & Television

The Letters, The Kitchen Chair, Same Time Next Year, Dead Still, Please Like Me, 134 (Winner - Best Actress at Wood Hole Film Festival/Cape Cod), Bridget and Eamon, The Emerald Stone, Rising/Falling, Wrecking the Rising, Train Room: Grace, Fingerprints, Hot Knives, Poison Pen, Penny Dreadful, My Whole Half Life, Love Hate: seasons 3, 4 and 5, City Of Hate, Stalker, Red Line, Angel, Two Hearts, Death Of A Superhero, Situations Vacant, The Con Saw Tina Effect, Eamon, El Juego Del Ahorcado, Little White Lie, Blue Soup, Prosperity, Frankie, Bitterness, What If?, King Of Nothing, Adam And Paul, W.C., The Magdalene Sisters, On The Edge, Accelerator, Crushproof, A Great Party, Recoil, The Marriage Of Strongbow and Aoife, The Very Stuff, Fair City, Love Is The Drug, The Big Bow Wow, Ambassador and Random Passage

Stage

Embargo, Christmas Craicers, Kissing The Witch, A Day In May, No Smoke Without Fire (National Tour), Close To The Sun, Bug (Corps Ensemble), Holy Mary (Black Stair Productions- National Tour), Tiny Plays for Ireland and America (Fishamble), Wild Sky (Ten42 Productions) Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric),Chancers (Viking), Tiny Plays II (Fishamble), Ulysses (The Tron - Chinese tour), An Post -GPO-1818, Tiny Plays (Fishamble), The Pride Of Parnell Street (Fishamble  Theatre Company. Toured internationally between 2007 and 2011), Arrah Na Pogue (Abbey Theatre), Bogboy (Tall Tales), Boss Grady’s Boys (Gaiety Theatre) Off Plan (RAW), Twelve Days In May (Liberty Hall), Noah and The Tower Flower  (Fishamble Theatre Company). Other productions include Twelve Days in May (Liberty Hall Theatre), Macbecks  (Long Road Productions), Splendour (RAW Theatre Company), Sleeping Beauty and Miss Julie (Landmark Productions), The Alice Trilogy (The Abbey Theatre),  Macbeth (Second Age), Operation Easter and Five Kinds Of Silence (Calypso Productions), Family Stories (B*spoke Theatre Company), Oh When The Hoops (Liberty Productions), Playing Politics (Dublin Theatre Festival), Knocknashee (Tall Tales), The Grapes Of Wrath (Storytellers Theatre Company), Give Us A Break and Shadow Of A Gunman (Tobarnarun) and On Raftery's Hill (Druid/Royal Court- International Tour)

Voice Acting

Animations: Royals Next Door, Captain Sabertooth, Luis n Luca, Two by Two: Overboard, Anchors Up 2 Demo, Casparade, Luis and the Aliens, Niko 2, Thor - The Edda Chronicles.

Documentaries: Paying For Sex (Narrator- RTE Reality Bites), 1916 -The Irish Rebellion.

Radio Plays: Secrets (Newstalk), Baby Be Mine (BBC Radio 4), Secrets,Paid In Full, Goin' Straight, Captives (Newstalk), Offerings,Lennon's Guitar, The Sorting Office Of The Universe, Bog Boy, Appearances, Moving Day, Happy Hour 

The Lost Patriot (Tin Pot Productions). 

 

Other: 

Can Lily O' Shea Come Out To Play (Narrator - The Book One One -RTE)

Dublin Tenement Life (Dublin History Museum)

Other

Mary is a multi award winning singer and the director of Visions Drama School

www.visionsdrama.com

Awards/Nominations

*Best Actress Winner – The First Irish Theatre Festival New York 2009 for Pride of Parnell Street

*Best Female Actor Winner –  The Mid West Arts and Culture Awards 2009 for Pride of Parnell Street

**Best Supporting Actress Winner –  The Irish Times Theatre Award 2006 for Alice Trilogy

**Best Actress Winner - Woods Hole Film Festival.