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Maria Connolly

About: Maria Connolly is an award winning actress and writer.  She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London 1991-1994, where she received The Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award. She was awarded an Irish Times Best Actress nomination for her performance in PROBLEM CHILD for Prime Cut Productions.   Maria was recently awarded the Aisling Award for Arts and Culture for creating and performing the show ‘The Broads’ which she has taken to thousands of people living in isolation. Maria was also awarded a National Lottery Portrait of the People for her work in continuing to bring the arts to vulnerable people during lockdown.  Maria performed internationally the solo show TWO SORE LEGS by Brenda Murphy for Green Shoot Productions.  She performed Two Sore Legs in New York at the Cuala Festival and was chosen to perform in Brussels by The Arts Council representing NI’s best of the arts in the EU. She performed at the Ed-inburgh Fringe in 2015 where she was Lorna Diamond’s (The Scotsman) pick of the fes-tival. Maria’s new play ‘Conversations With Angels’  produced by Brassneck Theatre Company will have its premiere in 2021.  Maria has recently completed filming series 6 of BBC’s Line of Duty (World Productions) in which she plays recurring character Alison Merchant.
Height: 5’4″
Playing Age: 40’s to 50’s 
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Skills: Strong swimmer, strong physical theatre performer, piano to grade 4
Accents: Belfast (native), Southern Irish, RP, American, Most English
Showreel: 

Stage
ProductionRoleDirectorCompany
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 
Film
ProductionRoleDirectorCompany
The Carer  Noelle Sam Nutt 
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
TV
ProductionRoleDirectorCompany
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
Voice/Other
ProductionRoleDirectorCompany