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Susan Lynch



Irish actress Susan Lynch first caught the attention of international audiences as a mythical half-seal, half-human Selkie in John Sayles' widely acclaimed The Secret of Roan Inish. The daughter of an Irish father and Italian mother, Lynch (her brother John is also an actor) got her start performing plays in Gaelic and received her theatrical training at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she won Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Award for Most Promising Student.

Lynch broke into television in 1993, when she appeared in an episode of the popular BBC series Cracker and went on to act in a number of miniseries and made-for-TV movies, including Kings in Grass Castles (1998) and the well-received BBC dramatization of Ivanhoe (1997), which cast her as Rebecca. While acting on screens big and small, she continued to appear on the stage, doing particularly notable work in a number of London West End productions, including August Strindberg's Miss Julie, in which she starred in the title role opposite John Hannah.

Although Lynch made her film debut in the 1978 drama Northern Lights, it was not until 1994, when she appeared in The Secret of Roan Inish that she began to have a relatively steady cinematic career. That same year, she had a small part as a vampire in Interview With the Vampire, and subsequently starred as a troubled single mother in the romantic thriller Down Time. In 1998, Lynch starred in her most successful film to date, the Irish comedy Waking Ned Devine. The film, which cast the actress as a small-town woman in love with a pig farmer (James Nesbitt), was an international sleeper hit, and helped to give Lynch exposure outside of the UK. The following year, she won the role of Nora Barnacle opposite Ewan McGregor's James Joyce in Nora, the story of the author's real-life relationship with the woman who would both inspire and challenge him throughout his life.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bad Day for the Cut
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Common
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Hideaways
  • Mrs. O'Mara
2011
7% Holy Water
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister
  • Isabella
2010
61% The Scouting Book for Boys
  • Actor
2009
94% The Unloved
  • Mother
2009
0% City Rats
  • Gina
2009
No Score Yet The Race
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Race
  • Katey Kensay
2009
7% Red Roses and Petrol
  • Catherine Doyle
2008
No Score Yet Amongst Women
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Robber Bride
  • Charis
2007
50% Someone Else
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments
  • Miriam
2006
55% Duane Hopwood
  • Gina
2005
No Score Yet Mickybo & Me
  • Torch Woman
2005
No Score Yet A Woman in Winter
  • Marianne
2005
59% Enduring Love
  • Rachel
2004
No Score Yet School of Life
  • Actor
2004
56% Morlang
  • Ann Morlang
2003
58% Casa de los Babys
  • Eileen
2003
80% 16 Years of Alcohol
  • Mary
2003
No Score Yet Mapmaker
  • Jane Bates
2001
57% From Hell
  • Liz Stride
2001
No Score Yet Happy Now
  • Tina Trent
2001
55% Nora
  • Nora Barnacle
2001
37% Beautiful Creatures
  • Dorothy
2001
83% Waking Ned Devine
  • Maggie
1998
No Score Yet Amongst Women
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Rebecca
1997
No Score Yet Downtime
  • Chrissy
1997
No Score Yet Kings in Grass Castles
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Royal Scandal
  • Actor
1996
98% The Secret of Roan Inish
  • Selkie
1995
No Score Yet Dangerous Lady
  • Actor
1995
61% Interview with the Vampire
  • Paris Vampire
1994
No Score Yet Circle of Power
  • Clare Bartel
1983
No Score Yet Northern Lights
  • Inga Olsness
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
100% Happy Valley
2014-2016
  • Alison Garrs
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Molly Sybil Stanfordis
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Clerk
No Score Yet Moving On
2009-2016
  • Actor

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