|Born||28 February 1980|
|Relatives||Kelly Gough (sister)|
Denise Gough (born 28 February 1980) is an Irish actress. She was born in Ennis, County Clare and is the elder sister of the actress Kelly Gough. She is notable for her work in theatre and television, including the play The Painter (2011) and Messiah V: The Rapture. Gough is a two-time Olivier Award winner.
Born in Ennis, County Clare, daughter of an electrician, Gough is the seventh of eleven siblings. One of her younger sisters is the actress Kelly Gough. She trained as a soprano before leaving Ireland for London at 15. She was awarded a grant to study at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wandsworth aged 18, and graduated from ALRA in 2003.
In 2012, she was nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performances in Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith and Nancy Harris's Our New Girl at the Bush Theatre. In January 2014 she was Julia in The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. At the National Theatre, London, in September 2015 she presented an "electrifying" performance as a recovering substance user in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things, directed by Jeremy Herrin. She reprised the role when the production transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016, and subsequently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She returned to the National Theatre in April 2017 playing the role of Harper in Marianne Elliot's revival of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America, for which she won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gough then returned to People, Places & Things for its New York transfer. Gough returned to the role of Harper in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America, alongside the majority of the London cast, in February 2018.
|2004||By the Bog of Cats||Caroline Cassidy||Wyndham's Theatre, London|
|The Kindness of Strangers||Cheryl||Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool|
|2006||Everything is Illuminated||Brod||Hampstead Theatre, London|
|O Go My Man||Elsa||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|2007||Someone Else's Shoes||Mary||Soho Theatre, London|
|2009||The Grouch||Celia||West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds|
|Six Characters in Search of an Author||Stepdaughter||Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester|
|Gielgud Theatre, London|
|2009||The Birds||Julia||Gate Theatre, Dublin|
|2010||The Plough and the Stars||Nora Clitheroe||Abbey Theatre, Dublin|
|Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train||Mary Jane Hanrahan||Trafalgar Studios, London|
|2011||The Painter||Jenny Cole||Arcola Theatre, London|
|2012||Our New Girl||Annie||Bush Theatre, London|
|Desire Under the Elms||Anna Putnam||Lyric Hammersmith, London|
|2014||Adler and Gibb||Louise||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|The Duchess of Malfi||Julia||Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London|
|2015||People, Places and Things||Emma||Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London|
|2016||Wyndham's Theatre, London|
|2017||Angels in America||Harper Pitt||Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London|
|People, Places and Things||Emma||St. Ann's Warehouse, New York|
|2018||Angels in America||Harper Pitt||Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway|
|Robin Hood||Village Mother|
|2014||The Quiet Roar||Research Assistant|
|Colette||Mathilde de Morny|
|2019||The Kid Who Would Be King||Mary|
|The Other Lamb||Sarah|
|2004||Casualty||Susan Parish||BBC One||Episode: "Three's a Crowd"|
|2007||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Christine Faraday||BBC One||Episode: "Limbo"|
|2008||The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall||Michelle||Channel 4||Documentary dramatization|
|2009||The Bill||Liz O'Halloran||ITV||Episode: "Lost Soul"|
|Waking the Dead||Kathleen||BBC One||Episodes: "Magdalene: Part I" and "Magdalene: Part II"|
|2010||Silent Witness||Danielle Boyce||BBC One||Episodes: "Run: Part I" and "Run: Part II"|
|2011||Holby City||Mona Cadogan||BBC One||Episode: "Culture Shock"|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||Emily Hill||CBC||11 episodes|
|2013||What Remains||Liz Fletcher||BBC One||4 episodes|
|2014||Stella||Collette Jensen||Sky 1||Series 3|
|2015||The Duchess of Malfi||Julia||TV movie|
|2016||Apple Tree Yard||DS Johns||BBC One||Episode 4|
|2017||Guerrilla||Fallon||Showtime, Sky||6 episodes|
|Paula||Paula||BBC Two||3 episodes|
|TBA||Untitled Cassian Andor Series||Disney+||Pre-Production|
|2013||Divinity: Dragon Commander||Catherine||Larian Studios||Voice|
|2015||The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||Yennefer of Vengerberg||CD Projekt Red||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actress||People, Places and Things||Won|||
|2016||Whatsonstage.com Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2018||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Obie Award||Distinguished Performance by an Actress||Won|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Angels in America||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|||
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