Angeline Ball

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Angeline Ball
Born 1969 (age 44–45)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Patrice Gueroult (Designer)

Angeline Ball (born 1969) is an Irish actress who currently resides in London, England. She is a trained dancer in ballet, tap and modern dance. Her breakthrough role came in 1991 when she starred alongside Maria Doyle Kennedy and Bronagh Gallagher as backing singer Imelda Quirke in Alan Parker's The Commitments. From there her acting career blossomed and she has appeared in movies both in Ireland and in America. Most notably she played Vada's mum in My Girl 2 for which she sang a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile'. She worked with Alan Parker again when she sang backing vocals on his "Evita" album. Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement wrote the TV series "Over The Rainbow" for her; incidentally, Angeline wrote all the music for the show.

In 2003 Angeline swept the board at the IFTA (Irish Film And Television Awards), winning Best Actress in a TV Program for her portrayal of Nora in the TV series "Anytime Now" and Best Actress in A Film for her portrayal of "Molly" in Bloom, an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses. In March 2011 she reunited with her fellow Commitments to play a number of gigs culminating with a live concert at the O2 Dublin (formerly The Point Depot). She is currently working on an album and independent projects with her production company.

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Ball had a small part in the movie My Girl 2 (1994) where she sang an a cappella solo of the Chaplin song "Smile".

In 1999 Ball played the part of Cass Trenton in The Outer Limits episode "Star Crossed".

Ball has appeared in many Irish films including Trojan Eddie as Stephen Rea's estranged wife, The General (which also starred her The Commitments co-backing singer Maria Doyle Kennedy as her sister) and The Tiger's Tale, both of which starred Brendan Gleeson and were directed by John Boorman. She was widely acclaimed for her performance as Molly Bloom in Sean Walsh's 2003 version of Ulysses entitled Bloom. Her co-star was again Stephen Rea as Leopold Bloom, who also directed her as Mrs. Gogan in a modern-day interpretation of Seán O'Casey's classic play The Plough and the Stars on the Dublin stage. Joycean scholar David Norris said that her Molly Bloom was the best that he had ever seen and she won the 2003 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.[1]

The many television dramas she featured in have included Brothers in Trouble, Our Friends in the North, Doc Martin, Any Time Now, Bait and What We Did On Our Holiday. She played alcoholic country and western enthusiast Annie Little in the 2007 Irish television series Trouble in Paradise. As Ball is also an accomplished singer, she provided the vocals for the series' theme song.

Ball played Julie Mitchell in Series 2 of Doc Martin (2005).

Ball has done voice-overs for the Irish children's program Jakers- The Adventures Of Piggly Winks. Ball appeared as Widow Quin in a modern-day interpretation of The Playboy of the Western World in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

On May 26, 2008, Ball made her debut as Maggie Townsend, Bradley Branning's boss in BBC TV drama series EastEnders.

Ball played the part of Bella, the girlfriend of Eddie Scrooge (played by Ross Kemp) in a modern day adaptation of A Christmas Carol set on a rundown housing estate.

In 2012 Ball played Gloria Meak in the Channel 4 TV comedy drama series Shameless.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Irish Film And Television Awards official website, last accessed November 5, 2007

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