28 March 1961 |
|Spouse(s)||Nick Brandt (2002–present)|
Orla Brady (born 28 March 1961) is an Irish actress.
Early life, education and career beginning
At 25 years of age Orla moved to Paris where she studied at the L'École Philippe Gaulier, securing a place at the École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris (founded by Marcel Marceau). Having completed her studies there she then went on to begin her career with Balloonatics Theatre Company, touring productions of 'Hamlet' and 'Finnegans Wake'. Following this, Orla returned to Dublin to perform at the Gate Theatre where she played Adele in 'House of Bernarda Alba' and Natasha in 'Three Sisters'. Soon after, Orla moved to London to play Kate in Brian Friel's 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' which later transferred from the King's Head Theatre to the West End.
Orla's first piece of professional work in England was in 'Blinded by the Sun' at the Royal National Theatre and she has since developed a career based on both Irish and British located theatre, television and film. These have included the RTÉ/BBC co-production 'A Love Divided' where she portrayed Sheila Cloney, for which she won the 1999 Golden Nymph Best Actress Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She also played one of four main characters in the BBC's drama series 'Mistresses', Siobhan Dhillon, a lawyer who struggled to maintain her relationship with husband Harry while also having an affair with her colleague, Dominic, whom she later went on to have a child with. As well as that, she has appeared in RTÉ's 'Proof (TV series)' and had a supporting role in the film '32A'.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Orla has also appeared in 'Family Law' where she played Naoise O'Niell. The series ran for 3 years on CBS. She has also starred in 'Nip/Tuck', a US drama about plastic surgeons where she played Dr. Jordan. She later starred in 'Shark (TV series)' as Claire Stark, the divorced ex-wife of James Woods. In 2008 she appeared in 'Firewall', and the second episode of the BBC series 'Wallander'. She also appeared as Meredith Gates, a fleecing art collector who herself is conned in the first series of the British series 'Hustle'.
Since 2009, Brady has also portrayed Elizabeth Bishop, the wife of Walter Bishop and the mother of Peter Bishop in the Fox television series 'Fringe (TV series)'. In 2010, she appeared in the TV series 'The Deep (TV serial)' alongside James Nesbitt where she played Catherine. She also starred in the TV series 'Strike Back' as Katie Dartmouth.
In 2012 Orla appeared in the ITV series 'Eternal Law' as Mrs Sheringham, an angel who fell in love with a human and became mortal. She also currently stars in the Sky1 series 'Sinbad' where she plays Taryn. In late 2013 she appeared as the Countess Vera Rossakoff in the television adaptation of 'The Labours of Hercules', part of the final series of 'Agatha Christie's Poirot' alongside David Suchet.
Most recently, on November 25, 2013 it was confirmed that Orla would be starring in the 2013 Christmas special episode of BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who as a character named Tasha Lem. It is reported that her character is a person from the Doctor's past and that the main plot of the episode will evolve around her. The news comes after a call sheet was leaked during filming of the episode.
In 2001 Orla moved to Los Angeles where she met an English photographer, Nick Brandt, whom she married in December 2002 at Chyulu Hills, Kenya ceremoniously. She currently lives between both Los Angeles and London.
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- , www.broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved on 7 November 2013.
- BBC One Programmes: Wallander, bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 30 November 2008.
- Meet Mrs. Bishop: Orla Brady Joins 'Fringe'[dead link]