Valene Kane

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Valene Kane
Valene Kane and Mads Mikkelsen at Rogue One premiere, Tate Modern, London.jpg
Valene Kane and Mads Mikkelsen at Rogue One premiere, Tate Modern, London
Born (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 30)
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Valene Kane (born 30 January 1987) is an Irish actress from Newry, Co. Down

Kane is best known for playing Rose Stagg, the ex-girlfriend of serial killer Paul Spector, in The Fall on BBC Two.[1] and for her role as Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[2] She is also known for her role in the BBC drama Thirteen. She starred as DS Lisa Merchant, described as "superb" by The Radio Times: "The former star of The Fall's scenes [...] are among the show's most intriguing, simmering with sexual tension and professional frustration."[3]

Kane won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Performer for her role in The Stroma Sessions.

Early life[edit]

Kane was born and raised in Newry, County Down, and was a pupil at Sacred Heart Grammar School and the Annmarie Morgan School of Dance. From the age of 15, she was part of the National Youth Theatre, most notably starring in their production of 20 Cigarettes. She left Northern Ireland for London at 18 and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Kane was cast in The Fading Light by the director Ivan Kavanagh after he spotted her in a short film, July, that was posted on YouTube.[4] She was chosen partly for her successful experience with improvisation in the short film.[5] 2013 saw her play Rose Stagg in the BBC's TV series The Fall, and Dara in the comic Irish thriller Jump. Also in 2013, Kane played the title role in Strindberg's Miss Julie at the newly founded Reading Rep.[6]

Other film work Still Early, a short film which premiered at the Galway Film Festival. Kane's work for the BBC in 2016 includes taking the lead in BBC3 drama Thirteen, the third series of The Fall, and an episode of Murder. Also that year, she played Lyra Erso, the protagonist's mother, in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[7][8]

Kane has been seen on stage as Nance, in the Finborough Theatre's production of Autumn Fire,[9] The Love in Punchdrunk's production The Black Diamond,[10] which sold out "in mere minutes"[11] and Lady Lydia Languish in The Rivals.[12] She also played Girleen in Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West in which one reviewer said "Kane gives Girleen a schoolgirl reality, her confident swagger and challenge covering the only genuine feelings for anyone else that the play possesses".[13]

Kane's radio drama work for the BBC includes The Demon Brother and Stroma Sessions for which she won Best Supporting Performer.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Fading Light Yvonne Winner - Best Irish Film - Dublin International Film Festival 2010
2011 War Games Monica Dir. Cosimo Alema
2012 Jump Dara Dir. Kieron J. Walsh
2014 '71 Orla Dir. Yann Demange
2015 Victor Frankenstein Mrs. Winthrop Dir. Paul McGuigan
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Lyra Erso Dir. Gareth Edwards
post-production Ex-Patriot Riley Connors Dir. Conor Allyn


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2016 The Fall Rose Stagg BBC Two (Seasons 1-3)
2016 Thirteen D.S. Lisa Merchant BBC iPlayer's most requested show of 2016[14]
2016 Murder Brennan Dir. Birger Larsen

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Title(s) Category Result Ref.
BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017 Stroma Sessions Best Supporting Performer Won [15]


  1. ^ "Episode 4, Series 1, The Fall - BBC Two". Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Valene Kane". Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Why you should be watching BBC3's Thirteen". 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  4. ^ "From to the big screen ; Newry-born Valene Kane says acting is about luck ... and she's got plenty of it at the moment. Audrey Watson reports". 26 February 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Valene Kane". 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Miss Julie opens to critical acclaim". Reading Rep. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Does Jyn Erso Have a Sister in Star Wars: Rogue One?". 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Rogue One on". 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  9. ^ Billington, Michael (2012-03-06). "Autumn Fire – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  10. ^ HAzel (2011-07-06). "The Black Diamond: An Immersive Adventure". Londonist. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Stella Artois Black and Punchdrunk’s ‘The Black Diamond’: exclusive ticket giveaway". 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  12. ^ "The Rivals". Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  13. ^ McDonagh, Marin. "THE LONESOME WEST". Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  14. ^ "Most requested show on BBC iPlayer in 2016". BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards Winners finalists". BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  1. ^ Year in which awards ceremony was held

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