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Brenda Fricker

Highest Rated:   100% Cloudburst (2012)
Lowest Rated:   19% Masterminds (1997)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% A Long Way From Home
  • Actor
2013
100% Cloudburst
  • Dot
2012
57% Albert Nobbs
  • Polly
$3.1M 2012
No Score Yet Locked In
  • Joan
2010
64% How About You
  • Heather
2008
56% Stone of Destiny
  • Mrs. McQuarry
2008
No Score Yet Relative Strangers
  • Maureen Lessing
2008
31% 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
67% A Time to Kill
  • Ethel Twitty
1996
43% Moll Flanders
  • Mrs. Mazzawatti
1996
No Score Yet Journey
  • Lottie
1995
85% A Man of No Importance
  • Lily Byrne
1994
33% Angels in the Outfield
  • Maggie Nelson
1994
No Score Yet Out of Ireland
  • Actor
1994
55% 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
27% 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
33% Sinful Davey
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage
  • Actor
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Casualty
1986-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Bread

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