Maggie O'Neill

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Maggie O'Neill
Born Margaret O'Neill
(1962-11-15) 15 November 1962 (age 51)
Buckinghamshire, England, UK[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985-present

Margaret "Maggie" O'Neill (born 15 November 1962)[1] is an English actress.


The youngest of six Catholic brothers and sisters,[2] born to head teacher parents,[3] O'Neill grew up in the Midlands,[3] where she was educated at a convent school, and after being inspired by a sixth-form drama teacher, "fell" into acting.[4]

After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,[1] she starred in the video for Simply Red's Holding Back the Years, before making her professional stage debut in Moving Pictures, by Stephen Lowe, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 1985. After making her screen debut in the British production Mona Lisa opposite Bob Hoskins in 1986, she made her Hollywood screen debut in the Sigourney Weaver film Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey in 1988. She also played alongside Keith Barron & Annette Crosby in the 1989 TV series Take Me Home.

O'Neill played Dr. Alex Redman in ITV1's medical drama Peak Practice, but is best known to British audiences for playing Sheila Jackson in Channel 4's comedy drama Shameless. O'Neill has recently played Suzy Branning in the BBC1 soap opera, EastEnders,.[3]

O'Neill lives in South London and enjoys pilates, yoga and reading.


  • Mona Lisa (1986) as Girl in Paradise Club
  • Wherever You Are... (1988) as Julian's second wife
  • Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988) as Kim
  • Defrosting the Fridge (1988) (TV)
  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Greek Myths (TV) {Theseus And The Minotaur} as Ariadne
  • Take Me Home BBC - Three Part TV Drama (1989) (TV) as Kathy who has affair with a taxi driver (Keith Barron)
  • Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland (1989) as Berta
  • Inspector Morse (1991) (TV) in episode "Fat Chance" as Hilary Dobson
  • Under Suspicion (1991) as Hazel Aaron
  • The Life and Times of Henry Pratt (1992) TV
  • Friday on My Mind (1992) BBC TV as Louise[5]
  • When Pigs Fly (1993) as Sheila
  • Cadfael (1994) (TV) in episode "One Corpse Too Many" as Aline Siward
  • All Men Are Mortal (1995) as Florence
  • Killing Me Softly (1995) (TV) as Sara Thornton
  • The Fix (1997) (TV) as Marina Kay
  • Invasion: Earth (1998) (TV) as Dr. Amanda Tucker
  • Hero of the Hour (2000) (TV) as Alison Liddle
  • White Teeth (TV serial) (2002) (TV) as Poppy Burt-Jones
  • Peak Practice (2001, 2002) (TV) as Dr. Alex Redman[6]
  • Murder in Mind (2002) (TV) in episode "Rage"
  • Shameless (2004–2007) (TV) as Sheila Jackson
  • Midsomer Murders (2004) (TV) in episode "The Straw Woman" as Agnes Waterhouse.
  • Wild at Heart (UK/South African TV series) (2007) as Elaine
  • Mansfield Park (2007) (TV) as Mrs. Norris
  • Little Devil (2007) (TV) as Laura Crowe
  • EastEnders (2008) (TV) as Suzy Branning
  • New Tricks (2010) (TV) in episode "Gloves Off" as Ronni Mayfair
  • Truckers (2013) (TV) as Sue

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Maggie O'Neill:My Secret Life". The Independent. 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Interrogation: Maggie O'Neill". Sunday Mirror. 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maggie O'Neill:Suzy Branning". BBC - Eastenders. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Maggie O'Neill - career at a glance". Radio Times. August 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  5. ^ "How to regenerate a Time Lord". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Peak Practice - Cast List". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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