Maria Connolly

About:Maria Connolly  is an award winning actress and writer from Belfast. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama ’91-’94. At central she won the Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award. Maria received the Irish Times Best Actress nomination for her performance in ‘Problem Child’, produced by Prime Cut Productions. Maria was awarded an Aisling Arts and Culture Award and a National Lottery Portrait of the People award for creating the show ‘The Broads’, and continuing to bring the arts to thousands of people living in isolation throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. Maria’s play ‘Conversations With Angels, produced by Brassneck Theatre Company, sold out in record breaking time at the West Belfast Feile in 2021.  Maria plays recurring character Alison Merchant in BBC World Production’s TV series ‘Line of Duty’ and is a regular character in CBBC’s sci-fi drama ‘Silverpoint’. Maria was delighted to feature in Sport Ireland’s recent ‘It’s My Time’ campaign, encouraging women over 40 to increase physical activity levels.
Height: 5’4″
Playing Age: 40’s to 50’s
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Skills: Strong swimmer, comedy improviser, singer: soprano, strong physical theatre performer, devising, writer, conversational Italian, driver.
Accents: Belfast (native), Southern Irish, RP, American, Most English

Conversations with Angels Marion Tony Devlin Brassneck
Sylvan Rosie Patrick J O’Reilly Tinderbox
Surprise Patricia Dan Gordan Brassneck
Judy Garland The Broads Maria Connolly Maria C
Lucy/Tanya/C Dream Sleep Connect Stephen Kelly C21
Bellaghy Tale Orla Paula McFetridge Kabosh
The Man who Fell to Pieces Alice Patrick J O’Reilly Tinderbox
The History of the Peace Karen Dan Gordon GBL
Edit and Connie Constance Paula McFetridge Kabosh
Michelle & Arlene Arlene Foster Richard Lavery Accidental
We’ll Walk Hand in Hand Sarah Martin Lynch Green Sht
Two Sore Legs Bridget Noreen Kershaw Green Sht
The Lady Killers Luis Jimmy Fay Lyric
All Through The House Wendy Patrick J O’Reilly Tinderbox
Dancing Shoes Anne Best/Cher Peter Sheridan GBL
Belfast by Moonlight Johanna Paula McFetridge Kabosh
Meeting at Menin Gate Multi Matt Torney GBL
This Other City Gemma Mick Duke Tinderbox
Scenes From Big Picture Maeve Conal Morrison Prime Cut
John Bull’s Other Island Nora Jonathan Munby Lyric
Arden of Faversham Alice Kate Varney Royal S
Shopping and Fu**ing Lulu Jackie Doyle Prime Cut
Problem Child Denise Jackie Doyle Prime Cut
Hey Hey Good Looking Sally Jonathan Lynd Soho T
Energy Alison Joe Devlin Derry P
The Pearl Juana Roxanna Silbert BAC
Translations Bridget Roxanna Silbert NVS
Macbeth Witches Jackie Doyle Lyric
Convictions Various Paula McFetridge Tinderbox
Language Roulette Sarah Tim Loane Tinderbox
Silverface Pichona David Farr Gate
The War of the Roses Queen Margaret Donna s Moretinni Central
Yerma Maria Alan Dunnett Central
Kneecap Cafe Worker Rich Peppiatt Trevor Birney/Jack Tarling
Communion (short) Grainee Sean Coyle NI Screen/Pink Page
The Barn Maria Colin Ash POS Productions
Shall We Sit (Short) Marie Declan Curran/C Ferris Ferran Media
Doom-Monger (Short) Mary Sam Nutt Cinemagic
The Search (Short) Catherine Gavin Kelly Enagh Productions
The Carer Noelle Sam Nutt Cinemagic
Our Robot Overlords Commune M Jon Wright Embankment Films
Mickybo and Me Travel Agent Terry Loane WT2 Films
On Dangerous Ground Nora Bell L Gordon Clarke Carousel Films
Cyber Police Captain Justine Sean Coyle Meta Compliance
Moonhaven Check Guard Bridget S Cole & Darnielle Krudy AMC America
Silverpoint Meg’s Mum Marek Losey CBBC
Familiar Bus Lady Simon Delaney Hare and Tortoise
Line of Duty 6 Jed Mercurio/Jennie Darnell BBC/World Productions
Line of Duty 2 Alison Merchant Douglas MacKinnon BBC
Maru Ellen John Carling TG4
A Rap at the Door Tierna Millen Mark Brozel BBC
Out of the Deep Pan Alison Kieron Walsh BBC
Made in Heaven Psycho Peter Lawrence BBC
Betrayal of Trust Anne Michael McDowell BBC
It’s My Time Hero Dave Fox Sport Ireland/Bold Studios