Niamh McGrady

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Niamh McGrady
Niamh McGrady

(1982-10-04) 4 October 1982 (age 36)[1][2]
ResidenceHackney, London[3]
EducationAssumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch
Alma materRoyal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Home townCastlewellan

Niamh McGrady (born 4 October 1983) is a film, stage and television actress from Castlewellan, County Down, Northern Ireland, Ulster. She is best known for her parts as Mary-Claire Carter in Holby City and PC Danielle Ferrington in the psychological thriller The Fall.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Castlewellan, County Down, she attended Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, County Down. From age 18 she trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.


After landing a role in Summer 2003 in Italy,[3] on graduation she joined a Welsh production of Romeo and Juliet and then pantomime in Belfast,[4] before moving to London for Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee's production of Girls & Dolls. McGrady then featured in a production of the Shakespeare play Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart. After a critically acclaimed run in London's West End, it then relocated to Broadway, New York City in 2008.[3]

On return to London, she made her television début in the George Best biopic Best: His Mother's Son in 2009, but her part was eventually removed in the cutting room.[3] Shortly afterwards she joined the cast of Holby City as a cast semi-regular, in the role of nurse Mary-Claire Carter.

After appearing in many short independent films through mainly uncredited roles, she was cast in the crime drama television series The Fall,[3] based in Northern Ireland, alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. She rejoined the cast of Holby City in 2013 as a regular cast member,[5] after which she gave-up her part-time waitressing and bar jobs.[3] However, in early 2015, McGrady left Holby City to coincide with the departure of Jules Knight and their departure scenes aired in April 2015.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Best: His Mother's Son Martha Devine
2009 Holby City Mary-Claire Carter Semi-regular
2012 Doctors Sarah Needham 1 Episode
2012 Upstairs Downstairs Enid Soaper
2013-15 Holby City Mary-Claire Carter Regular 103 episodes
2013-16 The Fall P.C Danielle Ferrington Regular 10 episodes; Guest 5 episodes
2014 Crossing Lines Rose McConnell 2 episodes
2015- Learning to Breathe Amelia post-production
2018- Midsomer Murders Penny Kingdom Episode 'Death of the Small Coppers'
2019 Moving On Kelly Episode ‘Beaten’
2019 Doctors Zoe Hammond Episode 'Sisterhood'


Year Title Role Notes
2009 MacBeth Witch
2011 Bats and Balls Girl Short Film
2012 Thank you for coming Sara Short Film
2017 Maze Jill


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Night Must Fall Olivia UK Theatre tour
2009 The Building site Shauna Arcola Theatre
2009 Girls and Dolls Clare Old Red Lion, Islington
2008 MacBeth Witch BAM and Lyceum Theatre on Broadway
2007 MacBeth Witch Chichester Festival Theatre & Gielgud Theatre
2007 Twelfth Night Olivia's Maid Chichester Festival Theatre
2006 Jack and the Beanstalk Princess Jill Waterfront Hall, Belfast
2005 Romeo and Juliet Juliet and Mercutio Volcano Theatre Company
2003 A life of the Mind Sally Royal Welsh College
2003 Ecstasy Mary Fisher Royal Welsh college
2003 The Importance of being earnest Cecily Royal Welsh College
2002 King Lear Regan Royal Welsh College
2001 Three Sisters Masha Royal Welsh College


  1. ^ Maeve Quigley (29 November 2014). "The Fall: Actress Niamh McGrady backs female violence message in crime drama". The Irish Mirror.
  2. ^ Pavel Barter (30 November 2014). "Legend of the fall". The Sunday Times.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Legend of The Fall, The Sunday Times, 2 December 2014
  4. ^ HighBeam
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