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
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Years active2007–present

Valene Kane is an Irish actress from Newry, County 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 and her film Profile (in which she played a struggling undercover journalist who connects with a Jihadi through Facebook) won the Panorama Audience Award at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Val Kane "successful Down county Gaelic footballer and coach"[5] and was raised in Newry, County Down. 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.


Shazad Latif, Timur Bekmambetov, Valene Kane at the press conference of Profile at Berlinale 2018

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.[6] She was chosen partly for her successful experience with improvisation in the short film.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

Kane has been seen on stage as Nance, in the Finborough Theatre's production of Autumn Fire,[11] The Love in Punchdrunk's production The Black Diamond,[12] which sold out "in mere minutes"[13] and Lady Lydia Languish in The Rivals.[14] 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".[15]

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

In 2018 Valene Kane played journalist Amy Whittaker who investigates the recruitment of young European women by the ISIS in the 2018 thriller film Profile by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place entirely on computer screens. It premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Panorama Audience Award.[16]


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[17]
2016 Murder Brennan Dir. Birger Larsen
2017-2019 The Other Guy Olivia Collins Dir. Kacie Anning
2018 Death and Nightingales Catherine Winters Dir. Allan Cubitt
2018 Women on the Verge Siobhan Created by Sharon Horgan & Lorna Martin. Dir. Annie Griffin
2018 Queen of the South Aideen
2019 Gangs of London Jacqueline Robinson Dir. Gareth Evans & Corin Hardy


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Fading Light Yvonne Winner - Best Irish Film - Dublin International Film Festival 2010 - Dir. Ivan Kavanagh
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
2017 Ex-Patriot Riley Connors Dir. Conor Allyn
2018 Profile Amy Whittaker Winner - Panorama Audience Award - Dir. Timur Bekmambetov
2019 Sonja: The White Swan Connie In competition: Sundance & Berlin - Dir. Anne Sewitsky
2020 First Person Annabelle Dir. Ashley Cahill

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Title(s) Category Result Ref.
BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017 Stroma Sessions Best Supporting Performer Won [18]


  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". 23 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Berlin: 'Profile' Wins Panorama Audience Award". 24 February 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Fall's Valene Kane and her GAA dad Val talk pursuing their goals". 24 September 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  6. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Valene Kane". 12 October 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Miss Julie opens to critical acclaim". Reading Rep. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Does Jyn Erso Have a Sister in Star Wars: Rogue One?". 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Rogue One on". 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  11. ^ Billington, Michael (6 March 2012). "Autumn Fire – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  12. ^ HAzel (6 July 2011). "The Black Diamond: An Immersive Adventure". Londonist. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Stella Artois Black and Punchdrunk's 'The Black Diamond': exclusive ticket giveaway". 29 June 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  14. ^ "The Rivals". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  15. ^ McDonagh, Martin. "THE LONESOME WEST". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Berlin: 'Profile' Wins Panorama Audience Award". 24 February 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Most requested show on BBC iPlayer in 2016". BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  18. ^ "2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards Winners finalists". BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  1. ^ Year in which awards ceremony was held

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