Nora-Jane Noone

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Nora-Jane Noone
Born (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 37)
EducationNUI Galway
Years active2002–present

Nora-Jane Noone (born 8 March 1984) is an Irish actress. She rose to prominence for her debut role in The Magdalene Sisters (2002). Her other notable roles were in The Descent (2005) and Brooklyn (2015). In 2020, she was listed as number 47 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Noone grew up in Upper Newcastle, Galway City.[2] She trained for two years at the Performing Arts School in Galway, and is a proficient musician (piano to Grade 7 level) and dancer. Her previous acting role before The Magdalene Sisters was as Jan in a secondary school production of Grease.[citation needed]

She graduated in 2004 from NUI Galway with a degree in Science,[3] and then moved to London.[4][5] She started dating actor Chris Marquette when they met on the sets of the film 'The man that lives in my basement' and they're married now. They have 1 child (girl) born in Jan 2020.


Noone made her professional film debut playing Bernadette in Peter Mullan's film The Magdalene Sisters. The film won the Best Film prize in the 2002 Venice Film Festival, and was nominated as Best British Picture at the British Academy Film Awards. Noone also won Best Actress in an Ensemble Role at the British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for best newcomer that year. She has also been nominated for best supporting actress in 2005 and 2010 at the Irish Film and Television Awards.[citation needed]

Noone also co-starred in The Descent and Doomsday, both directed by Neil Marshall, Speed Dating and Ella Enchanted. Other work includes the short films News for the Church written and directed by Andrew McCarthy and The Listener directed by Michael Chang. Noone also recorded Walking at Ringsend for BBC Radio 4. In 2008, Noone appeared in Beyond the Rave and Insatiable.[citation needed]

Noone has also appeared in The Descent Part 2, The Day of the Triffids and The Runaway (TV series) and she has co-starred in episodes 1-6 in season one of Jack Taylor.[citation needed]In 2013 she also began writing a film short.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Magdalene Sisters Bernadette
2004 Ella Enchanted Fairy No. 1
2004 News for the Church Girl Short film
2004 The Listener Woman Short film
2005 The Descent Holly
2007 Speed Dating Juliet Van Der Bexton
2008 Doomsday Read
2008 Beyond the Rave Jen Direct-to-video
2008 Insatiable Ellie
2009 Stranded Josie Short film
2009 The Bus Driver Short film
2009 Through the Night Lil Short film
2009 Legend of the Bog Saiorse Reilly
2009 Savage Michelle
2009 The Descent Part 2 Holly Cameo Appearance
2010 Small Change Karen Short film
2011 January Kathrine
2011 Mixed Marriage Nora Murray Theatre
2012 Wasted Short film
2012 Taking the Boat Maeve Short film
2013 Deception Aoife Stacey
2015 Brand New-U Nadia
2015 Brooklyn Sheila
2015 Estranged Kathrine
2017 12 Feet Deep Bree
2017 The Capture Alex
2019 Darlin' Jennifer
2020 I Hate The Man In My Basement Kyra


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Coronation Street Louise Hazel 9 episodes
2005 Holby City Daryl O'Connor 1 episode: "Bird on a Wire"
2006 Afterlife Tessa 1 episode: "Roadside Bouquets"
2009 The Day of the Triffids Lucy TV miniseries
2010 Jack Taylor Garda Kate Noonan 6 episodes
2011 The Runaway Caitlin 4 episodes
2011 Garrow's Law Catherine Quinn 1 episode: "Episode 3.2"
2011 Jack Taylor: The Pikemen Garda Kate Noonan TV Movie
2011 Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs Garda Kate Noonan TV Movie
2013 Atlantis Atalanta 1 episode: "Episode 1.10"
2013 Jack Taylor: The Dramatist Garda Kate Noonan TV Movie
2013 Jack Taylor: Priest Garda Kate Noonan TV Movie
2013 Jack Taylor: Shot Down Garda Kate Noonan TV Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 London Film Critics' Circle Award British Newcomer of the Year The Magdalene Sisters Nominated
2005 Irish Film & Television Academy Award Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film The Descent Nominated
2010 Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film Savage Nominated
2021 Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Film Wildfire Nominated


  1. ^[bare URL]
  2. ^ Always hiding in plain sight, The Irish Independent, 21 January 2013.
  3. ^ NUI Galway website Archived 16 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ Always hiding in plain sight The Independent, 21 January 2013
  5. ^ Airing out Ireland's dirty laundry, TheGlobeand, 6 June 2011.
  6. ^ Nora-Jane Noone – Actress,, 16 January 2013.

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