Ruth Kearney

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Ruth Kearney is an Irish actress best known for her roles in Primeval, The Following, and Flaked.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kearney was born in London to Irish parents before relocating to Dublin aged five.[3] She studied Drama and Classics at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with honours, before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009.[3] Her career began in theatre, with performances in productions such as Man of Mode alongside Antonia Thomas and Theo James,[4] On the Razzle, Three Sisters, Oh! What a lovely War! and Othello.[5]


Kearney is best known for her leading role as Jess Parker in the science fiction-drama Primeval,[6][7] Kearney joined the cast in 2011 and appeared in both Series 4 and Series 5 of the show [8][9]

In 2014, she guest-starred in the FX political thriller Tyrant, playing the role of Katharina.[10]

In 2015 Kearney played the recurring role of Daisy Locke in the third and final season of the Fox American television psychological thriller series The Following.[11]

She stars as the female lead London in the Netflix original comedy series Flaked alongside Will Arnett.[12][13] Kearne portrays an attractive newcomer to Venice who gets caught in a love triangle with the characters portrayed by Will Arnett and David Sullivan.[14] The role is Kearney's first major comedy television series.[15] The series premièred on March 11, 2016 with all eight episodes released simultaneously.[16]

It was confirmed in July 2016 that Flaked will be returning for a second season in 2017 [17]

Personal life[edit]

Kearney has been dating actor Theo James since 2009.[18][19]


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Gracie! Miriam TV Drama
2010 Primeval Jessica 'Jess' Parker Webisodes
2011 Primeval Jessica 'Jess' Parker TV series (13 episodes: 2011-2012)
Holby City Jenny Proctor TV series (2 episodes)
Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me Stacey TV Movie
2013 Jet Stream Angel TV Movie
2014 Tyrant Katharina TV series (2 episodes: 2014)
2015 The Following Daisy TV series (Recurring S3 - 11 episodes)
2016 Flaked London TV series (Regular - 8 episodes)


  1. ^ "Meet Ruth Kearney - the young Dublin actress taking Hollywood by storm". Independent. 
  2. ^ "Netflix Releases Trailer for Will Arnett's 'Flaked'". Variety. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet Ruth Kearney, Netflix's Latest Breakout Star". WWD. 
  4. ^ "Theatre Bristol". 
  5. ^ "Spotlight:RUTH KEARNEY". 
  6. ^ "Jess Parker". BBC America. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ruth Kearney teases 'Primeval' role". Digital Spy. 
  8. ^ "ITV confirms new 'Primeval' cast". Digital Spy. 
  9. ^ "Shows". STV Shows. 
  10. ^ "Irish actress Ruth loves LA and her Netflix leading role". Independent. 
  11. ^ "The Following: Will Ryan finally pay for his sins?". Entertainment weekly. 
  12. ^ Deadline: Ruth Kearney Cast As Female Lead
  13. ^ Netflix releases first snippet of ‘dry comedy’ ‘Flaked’
  14. ^ ‘Flaked’ Trailer: Netflix Really Loves Will Arnett
  15. ^ Jennifer Lee (February 18, 2016). "Meet the newcomer of Netflix's soon-to-be-released new comedy, 'Flaked'". Filler Magazine. 
  16. ^ Lisa de Moraes (January 17, 2016). "Netflix Unveils Premiere Dates For 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'The Get Down,' 'Flaked' And Others". 
  17. ^ Netflix renews Flaked
  18. ^ Maido, Jenille Cristy (11 April 2014). "Shailene Woodley and Theo James Dating; Real or For 'Reel?'". International Business Times. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Theo James: Bad breath turns me off". Belfast Telegraph. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

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