Jeananne Crowley

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Jeananne Crowley (born 18 December 1949) is an Irish actress and writer, remembered for her collaborations in British film and television. She appeared in the film Educating Rita and is possibly best known for her role as Nellie Keene in the BBC drama series Tenko.



Crowley has appeared in The Clinic and Proof. Other television credits include: The Onedin Line; Shoestring; Reilly, Ace of Spies; Doctor Who (as Princess Vena in the serial Timelash); and The Racing Game (as Meg Appleby).


Crowley has appeared in several movies, including Educating Rita (1983), alongside Julie Walters and Michael Caine; The Fifth Province (1997); and Dead Bodies (2003).


Crowley is a veteran stage actress, having been a member of the National Theatre for a period in the 1970s.[1] Beginning in 1972, Crowley has appeared in several productions at The Abbey Theatre.[2]

In 1975 Crowley played the title role in Katie Roche[3] by playwright Teresa Deevy.

Crowley has also performed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, most notably in Pygmalion,[4] and as the lead in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.[5]


Crowley is also a prolific writer; she has written two plays, one of which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, and has also been a regular contributor to national newspapers, including the Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian and the Irish Times.[6][7][8] In 2002, she was a judge for the Irish Novelist of the Year competition.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Crowley was born in 1949, the daughter of Josephine Glynn and Eamonn Crowley, one of three children. She has never married, and lives at her house in Cleggan.[10] When she was a student, her father died whilst she was onstage playing Ophelia in Hamlet at University College Dublin.[11]

In the 1980s, she was said to have been known as the "it girl".[12]

Crowley was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1991 local elections for the Progressive Democrats. She stood for election to the Pembroke ward of Dublin Corporation.[13]


  1. ^ National Theatre Members 1976 Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Abbey Theatre Archive".
  3. ^ "The Teresa Deevy Archive".
  4. ^ Jeananne's Journey - The Independent
  5. ^ "Back to Arcadia". Irish Independent. 7 February 1999. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012.
  6. ^ Articles in 1996 by Jeananne Crowley
  7. ^ Article by Crowley on Shakespeare's Women in the Independent
  8. ^ Article by Crowley on Tolkien in the Independent
  9. ^ "Page-turners with feel-good factor". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05.
  10. ^ Article in The Irish Times
  11. ^ "William and his women". Irish Independent. 21 November 2007.
  12. ^ "Back to Arcadia". Irish Independent. 7 February 1999. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Dublin results". The Irish Times. 1 July 1991. Retrieved 16 July 2011.

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