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.
Early life and education
Noone grew up in Upper Newcastle, Galway City. 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.
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.
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.
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.In 2013 she also began writing a film short.
|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|
|2007||Speed Dating||Juliet Van Der Bexton|
|2008||Beyond the Rave||Jen||Direct-to-video|
|2009||The Bus Driver||Short film|
|2009||Through the Night||Lil||Short film|
|2009||Legend of the Bog||Saiorse Reilly|
|2009||The Descent Part 2||Holly||Cameo Appearance|
|2010||Small Change||Karen||Short film|
|2011||Mixed Marriage||Nora Murray||Theatre|
|2012||Taking the Boat||Maeve||Short film|
|2017||12 Feet Deep||Bree|
|2017||I Hate The Man In My Basement||Kyra|
|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
|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|
- Always hiding in plain sight, The Irish Independent, 21 January 2013.
- NUI Galway website Archived 16 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- Always hiding in plain sight The Independent, 21 January 2013
- Airing out Ireland's dirty laundry, TheGlobeand Mail.com, 6 June 2011.
- Nora-Jane Noone – Actress, GalwayIndependent.com, 16 January 2013.