Rebecca O'Mara

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Rebecca O'Mara
Born (1977-03-15) 15 March 1977 (age 42)
Years active2006–present
RelativesJason O'Mara (brother)
Paige Turco (sister in law)

Rebecca O'Mara (born 15 March 1977) is an Irish actress. The Dublin born actress grew up by the sea in Sandycove and is the voice actor for Caitlin in the widely popular international children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Early life[edit]

O'Mara attended Holy Child School, Killiney before completing a degree in Drama and Theatre at Trinity College Dublin.[1] On graduating, she moved to London and worked in film production for some years. In 2004, she began her acting training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[2]


She has also worked extensively in theatre in the UK and Ireland since graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[3] She played Minnie Larkins in The History of Mr Polly, Mrs. O Keefe in the 2014 Ken Loach film Jimmy's Hall and has guest starred in various television programmes including Line of Duty and Doctors, but is probably best known for her role as scene of crime officer, Frankie Hynes, in TV3's Red Rock.[4] In 2018, at the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway, she starred in Druid Theatre's production of Furniture, a "wickedly insightful comedy"[5] from Sonya Kelly. In March 2019, she won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the performance.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is the younger sister of actor, Jason O'Mara.[7]



Year Title Character Production Notes
2007 Doctors Cleo Tucker BBC One Episode: "Background Noise"
2013–15 Thomas & Friends Caitlin and a Slip Coach HIT Entertainment Episodes: "Calm Down Caitlin", "Not So Slow Coaches", "Duck and the Slip Coaches", "Last Train for Christmas", "The Truth About Toby", "Best Engine Ever"
2016 Line of Duty Rachel O' Connor BBC Episode #3.1
2016 Line of Duty Rachel O' Connor BBC Episode #3.2
2017 Red Rock Frankie Hynes TV3(Ireland) Episode #4.29
2017 Red Rock Frankie Hynes TV3(Ireland) Episode #4.30 - Season Finale
2019 Bump[8] Colette Blue Ink Films in association with RTE Full Season


Year Title Character Notes
2007 The History of Mr. Polly Minnie Larkins TV Movie
2010 Laika Laikia (voice) Short
2013 Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway Caitlin
2014 Jimmy's Hall Nora O' Keefe Director: Ken Loach
2016 Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Caitlin


Year Title Character Production Director
2006 06/07/05 Arcola Hamish Pirie
2007 Salt Meets Wound Various Theatre 503 Paul Robinson
2007 Minsk Minsk Bush Theatre at Latitude Josie Rourke
2008 Deep Blue Sea Ann Theatre Royal Bath/ West End Edward Hall
2008 Far From the Madding Crowd Bathsheba English Touring Theatre (ETT) Kate Saxon
2009 The Yalta Game Anna The Gate Theatre, Dublin & Edinburgh International Theatre Festivals Patrick Mason
2010 Danton's Death Lucille The Royal National Theatre Michael Grandage
2011 Moment Ruth Pigeon The Bush Theatre David Horan
2012 Hayfever Sorel Bliss The Gate Theatre, Dublin Patrick Mason
2013 Mrs Warren's Profession Vivie Warren The Gate Theatre, Dublin Patrick Mason
2014 Pride and Prejudice Caroline Bingley The Gate Theatre, Dublin Alan Stanford
2014 The Vortex Clara Hibbert The Gate Theatre, Dublin Annabelle Comyn
2014 Aristocrats Alice The Abbey Theatre Patrick Mason
2014 Wuthering Heights Isabella Linton The Gate Theatre, Dublin Michael Barker Cavan
2015 Chekhov's First Play Sasha Dublin Theatre Festival Bush Moukarzel/Ben Kidd
2016 Othello Desdemona The Abbey Theatre Joe Dowling
2016 Helen and I Lynn Druid Theatre Annabelle Comyn
2017 Private Lives Amanda The Gate Theatre, Dublin Patrick Mason
2018 Describe the Night Yevgenia Hampstead Theatre, London Lisa Spirling
2018 Furniture Dee Druid Theatre Cathal Cleary

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Supporting Actress Furniture Won


  1. ^ "Rebecca O'Mara". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  2. ^ "'Theatre's like a bad boyfriend: it treats me like shit and I keep coming back' -". Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  3. ^ "Curtis Brown". Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  4. ^ "Get To Know Irish Actress Rebecca O'Mara". The Gloss Magazine. 2017-07-17. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  5. ^ Crawley, Peter. "Furniture review: wickedly insightful comedy from Sonya Kelly". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  6. ^ Crawley, Peter. "The Irish Times 22nd Irish Theatre Awards: Villainy triumphs in tales for our times". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  7. ^ "Jason O'Mara". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  8. ^ Bump, retrieved 2019-04-01

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