Geraldine Hughes in New York City in March 2009
|Born||1970 (age 48–49)|
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
Geraldine Hughes (born 1970) is an actress from Northern Ireland. Born in West Belfast, Hughes has appeared in films such as Duplex, Rocky Balboa, and Gran Torino. She also played Mary Todd Lincoln in Killing Lincoln. More recently, she performed a solo play written by herself, Belfast Blues.
Hughes grew up in the Divis Flats in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during The Troubles. To get herself through the tough times, Hughes participated in her school's drama club. She loved school, saying it made her feel safe and she enjoyed the structure it provided. It was where she escaped from The Troubles. After being chosen for her role in the film Children of the Crossfire, Hughes spent her first summer in the United States. She had no acting experience beyond her school's drama club before accepting her role as Mary in the movie.
In Belfast, Hughes attended St. Louise Comprehensive School in the '80s. Later, she attended the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) with a private scholarship from those she worked with in the film Children of the Crossfire. While they paid her tuition, she paid her living expenses. Hughes graduated from the university with a BA from the School of Theater, Film and TV. And in 2009, Queens University in Belfast awarded Hughes an honorary doctorate for her contributions to the performing arts.
When Hughes was just 14, American TV producers auditioned hundreds of children in Ireland for their film and of the hundreds, three were chosen to participate in the film, Hughes being one of them. This first film debut of hers was in the movie, Children of the Crossfire in the year 1984. Later, during her first years in Los Angeles, Hughes became a part-time nanny to Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman's children.
After a theater performance, Hughes was contacted by a casting director and asked to audition for the role of Marie in Rocky Balboa, a role she is arguably most known for.
Hughes has been and continues to work in the field of performing arts.
Family and personal life
Hughes comes from a working-class family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She grew up in a Catholic household. Because she lived during The Troubles, Hughes experienced life in a war zone. Belfast Blues is a play she wrote detailing her real life experiences from her life in Belfast. As a child, Hughes never spoke of the horrors she witnessed in Belfast. Her performances of this play are dedicated “to all the children who live in places of conflict.” Hughes left Belfast at the age of 18. She lived in Los Angeles for 16 years then moved to New York City. Family comes first for Hughes as she regularly returns to Belfast for visits.
Hughes was married to an American from Pennsylvania, Ian Harrington. He also "came from nothin'' as his family was very poor. He was the first to encourage Hughes to share her story.
Filmography and theatrical appearances
|1984||Children of the Crossfire||Mary|
|1997||St. Patrick's Day||Maeve|
|1986||The End of the World Man||Barbara|
|2008||Gran Torino||Karen Kowalski|
|2012||Dead Souls||Mary Petrie|
|2013||Killing Lincoln||Mary Todd Lincoln|
|2014||Time Out of Mind||Marie|
|2017||The Book of Henry||Mrs. Evans|
|2003||Murder She Wrote||Fiona Byrne|
|2007–2017||Law & Order SVU||Tina Parven/Denise Drake||TV Series, 2 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order||Sandra Talbot|
|2010||Nurse Jackie||Molly Gaherty|
|2010||The Good Wife||Rachel Knox|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Regina|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Meara McGuire|
|2013–2017||The Blacklist||Dr. Nina||TV Series, 3 episodes|
|Jerusalem||Westend and Broadway productions|
|Particle of Dread|
|Cyrano De Bergerac||Broadway|
|The Cripple Inishmaan|
|Belfast Blues||24 characters||a solo play written by Hughes-based off real life events|
Awards and nominations
Hughes received her first award in 2003, the Los Angeles Ovation Award. Just a year later, in 2004 she received the Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards. Hughes also received a nomination for Distinguished Performance from the Drama League Award for her acting in her solo play, Belfast Blues, in 2004.
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- Belfast Blues. By Geraldine Hughes. Dir. Carol Kane. Narr. Geraldine Hughes. New York, New Paltz. 15 Oct. 2016. Performance.
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