Brenda Fricker

Brenda Fricker

Highest Rated: 100% Cloudburst (2012)

Lowest Rated: 19% Masterminds (1997)

Birthday: Feb 17, 1945

Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

An Irish actress with strong roots in the theater, Brenda Fricker has excelled onscreen thanks to a matronly appearance that lends itself well to roles which call for an older woman with strong motherly instincts. Fricker started out working in local theater productions in Ireland, and continued on-stage with a stint at the National Theatre in London; before long, the talented rising starlet was taking the stage with both The Royal Shakespeare Company and Great Britain's Court Theater Company. Though, by the mid-'80s, Fricker had already garnered an impressive list of credits thanks to appearances in such made-for-television features as High Kampf (1973) and Your Man from 6 Counties (1976), it was her role as Nurse Roach in the popular U.K. series Casualty that first brought her to the attention of British television viewers. Fricker remained with the series for four years, and it was during that time that she courted international recognition with her role in the acclaimed 1989 drama My Left Foot. Cast as the determined mother of a talented writer and painter who suffers from cerebral palsy, Fricker turned in a memorable performance that placed her high on the list of A-list actors and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Though such follow-up efforts as the miniseries Relative Strangers (1999) delivered on the promise shown in My Left Foot, it was roles in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and Masterminds (1997) that kept Fricker's face familiar to stateside audiences. In 1998, she stepped into a leading role in the period drama Painted Angels, playing a sympathetic madam. In the early 2000s, Fricker's career continued to flourish on both U.K. and Canadian television, and in roles in such high-profile projects as Veronica Guerin (2003) and Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004).

Highest Rated Movies



33% A Long Way From Home Brenda 2013
100% Cloudburst Dot 2012
56% Albert Nobbs Polly $3.1M 2012
No Score Yet Locked In Joan 2010
64% How About You Heather 2008
53% Stone of Destiny Mrs. McQuarry 2008
No Score Yet Relative Strangers Maureen Lessing 2008
33% Closing the Ring Grandma Reilly 2007
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here Eileen 2005
No Score Yet Tara Road Actor 2005
36% Conspiracy of Silence Annie McLaughlin 2004
88% Omagh Nuala O'Loan 2004
33% The Intended Mrs. Jones 2004
No Score Yet Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Madame Alex 2004
29% Trauma Petra 2004
53% Veronica Guerin Bernie Guerin 2003
No Score Yet Watermelon Actor 2003
No Score Yet Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story Evelyn's mother 2002
No Score Yet The American Actor 2001
No Score Yet I Was a Rat Joan 2001
No Score Yet Warbride Betty 2001
No Score Yet Cupid & Cate Willy 2000
No Score Yet Durango (A Rose for Annie) Aunt Maeve 1999
No Score Yet Wicked Wicked West Actor 1998
No Score Yet Pete's Meteor Lily 1998
No Score Yet Resurrection Man Dorcas Kelly 1998
19% Masterminds Claire Maloney 1997
66% A Time to Kill Ethel Twitty 1996
43% Moll Flanders Mrs. Mazzawatti 1996
No Score Yet Journey Lottie 1995
86% A Man of No Importance Lily Byrne 1994
33% Angels in the Outfield Maggie Nelson 1994
No Score Yet Out of Ireland Actor 1994
54% So I Married an Axe Murderer May Mackenzie 1993
No Score Yet Deadly Advice Iris Greenwood 1993
No Score Yet Utz Marta 1993
No Score Yet Sound and the Silence Actor 1993
33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Pigeon Lady 1992
No Score Yet Brides of Christ Actor 1991
43% The Field Maggie McCabe 1990
97% My Left Foot Mrs. Brown 1989
No Score Yet The Ballroom of Romance Actor 1982
43% Sinful Davey Actor 1969
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Actor 1964


No Score Yet Casualty
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Mrs. Bread


Mrs. Brown says: You break my heart Christy Brown. Sometimes I think you ARE me heart!

Mrs. Brown says: You break my heart Christy Brown. Sometimes I think you are me heart!

Maggie McCabe says: You've been living with a dead boy for 18 years. It's crippling Tadgh.

Mrs. Brown says: If I could give you my legs, I'd gladly take yours.

Mrs. Brown says: A broken body is nothing to a broken heart.

Mrs. Brown says: Don't forget, Christy, if we can't understand you, God can.

Mrs. Brown says: I'll be sticking to you like sticking plaster forever, Christy.