Elaine Cassidy

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Elaine Cassidy
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 34)
Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Stephen Lord (m. 2007)

Elaine Cassidy (born 31 December 1979)[1] is an Irish actress and is best known for playing the lead character Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island, Felicia in Felicia's Journey opposite Bob Hoskins, Runt in Disco Pigs opposite Cillian Murphy, Lydia in The Others, and Katherine Glendenning in The Paradise.

Early life[edit]

Elaine Cassidy was born in Kilcoole, County Wicklow.[2] Her first role was as the title character in a school production of Pinocchio when she was five.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1996, she was nominated for the Most Promising Actress at the Geneva Film Festival for her role in The Sun, the Moon and the Stars.[1] She played the starring role in Felicia's Journey with Bob Hoskins, for which she was nominated "Best Actress" at the 20th Genie Awards.[citation needed] She has won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards IFTA, for "Best Actress in a Lead Role in Film" in 2003 for her role as Runt in Disco Pigs, opposite Cillian Murphy, and in 2010 for "Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television" for her role as Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island.[citation needed] She was also nominated for an IFTA in 2005 as "Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television" for her role as "Maud Lilly" in the BBC BAFTA nominated drama Fingersmith,[citation needed] in 2007 as "Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Film" for her role as Sandra in And When Did You Last See Your Father? alongside Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, and in 2009 as "Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television" for her role as Annie Mulcahy in Little White Lie.

She is also a stage actress, appearing in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2002) and The Crucible (2006) with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in There Came A Gypsy Riding at the Almeida Theatre in 2007.[3] She appeared in the music video for Coldplay's "The Scientist".[4]

She also plays Maureen in the one-off ITV drama special of the book Just Henry, which was made into film in August 2011 and screen on ITV on 18 December 2011.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor Stephen Lord, whom she met on the set of The Truth. They live in Greenwich, London, with their daughter Kila, born on 16 September 2009.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Stranger Within Me, TheThe Stranger Within Me Michelle Short film
1995 Mission Top Secret Mary Episode: "The Crown Jewels Are Missing"
1996 Sun, the Moon and the Stars, TheThe Sun, the Moon and the Stars Shelley
1999 Felicia's Journey Felicia
2001 Others, TheThe Others Lydia
2001 Disco Pigs Runt / Sinead
2001 Lost World, TheThe Lost World Agnes Cluny TV film
2002 Bay of Love and Sorrows, TheThe Bay of Love and Sorrows Carrie Matchett
2003 Watermelon Anna Ryan TV film
2005 Uncle Adolf Geli Raubal TV film
2005 Fingersmith Maud Lilly TV miniseries
2005 Ghost Squad, TheThe Ghost Squad Det. Amy Harris 7 episodes
2006 Truth, TheThe Truth Candy
2007 When Did You Last See Your Father? Sandra
2007 Room with a View, AA Room with a View Lucy Honeychurch TV film
2008 Little White Lie Annie Mulcahy TV film
2009 Dr Hoo Zara TV series
2009 Harper's Island Abby Mills 13 episodes
2011 Just Henry Maureen TV film
2011 Miraculous Year, TheThe Miraculous Year Brona McKinney TV film
2012 The Paradise Katherine Glendenning TV series
2014 The Loft Ellie Seacord Film

Theatre[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Role
1996 Geneva Film Festival Most Promising Actress Won Shelley in The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
2000 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Nominated Felicia in Felicia's Journey
Genie Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2002 British Independent Film Award Best Actress Nominated Runt in Disco Pigs
2003 IFTA Best Actress in a Feature Film Won
2005 Best Actress in Television Nominated Maud Lilly in Fingersmith
2008 Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film Nominated Sandra in And When Did You Last See Your Father?
2009 Best Actress in Television Nominated Annie Mulcahy in Little White Lie
2010 Best Actress in Television Won Abby Mills in Harper's Island

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