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.



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

She also appeared in several movies, including Educating Rita alongside Julie Walters and Michael Caine.


Crowley is a veteran stage actress, having been a member of the National Theatre for a period in the 1970s,[1] and has also made appearances at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, including one in Pygmalion in 2004,[2] and as the lead in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.[3] She had a career with the Abbey Theatre from 1972 - 2002 and her production involvement can be found in the Abbey Theatre Archives[4]

In 1975 she appeared in the play "Katie Roche"[5] by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy where she played the lead role Katie Roche.


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][9] In 2002, she was a judge for the Irish Novelist of the Year competition.[10]

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.[11] When she was a student, her father died whilst she was onstage playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the UCD.[12]

In the 1980s, she was said to have been known as the "it girl".[13]

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.[14]


  • Katie Roche [1] 1975


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