Sinead Cusack Biography (1948-)

First name is pronounced Shin-aid; full name, Sinead Moira Cusack; original first name, Jane; born February 18, 1948, in Dalkey, Ireland; daughter of Cyril James (an actor) and Maureen (an actress; maiden name, Kiely) Cusack; sister of Catherine, Niamh, and Sorcha Cusack (all actresses); married Jeremy Irons (an actor), March, 1978; children: Samuel James Brefni "Sam" Irons (an actor), Maximilian Paul Diarmiud Irons.

Birth Details
February 18, 1948
Dalkey, Ireland

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Edith, Alfred the Great, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Miss Janet Smith, Hoffman, Levitt/Pickman, 1970
  • Rose, Tam Lin (also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, TheDevil's Widow, and The Devil's Woman), American International Pictures, 1971
  • Rose, Terror from under the House (also known as After Jenny Died, Behind the Cellar Door, Inn of the Frightened People, and Revenge), Hemisphere, 1971
  • Isabel Geste, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, Universal, 1977
  • Amanda "Billi" Rockwell, Rocket Gibraltar, Columbia, 1988
  • Dublin Murders, 1988
  • Miss Balsilbie, Venus Peter, 1989
  • Mary Crick, Waterland, Fine Line Features, 1992
  • The mother, The Cement Garden (also known as Der Zementgarten), October Films, 1992
  • Ellie McAllister, Bad Behaviour, October Films, 1993
  • Matilde, Sparrow (also known as Storia di una capinera), 1993
  • Menchu, Uncovered (also known as La tabla de Flandes), CiBy2000, 1994
  • Diana Grayson, Stealing Beauty (also known as Dancing by Myself, I Dance Alone, I'll Dance Alone, Beaute volee, andIo ballo da sola), Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1996
  • Brenda O'Boyce, The Nephew, Irish DreamTime/World 2000 Entertainment, 1998
  • Frances "Frank" Kennedy, My Mother Frank, Beyond Films/Channel 4 Films, 2000
  • Jessie, Passion of Mind, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Kathleen, Dream, Acier Productions/Finalcut Entertainment, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Quiller, BBC, 1975
  • Miniseries
  • Herself, Playing Shakespeare, 1984
  • W.P.C. Diane Priest, Oliver's Travels, BBC, 1996 broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1996
  • Charlotte Dawson, Have Your Cake and Eat It, 1997
  • Movies
  • Emily, David Copperfield, NBC, 1970
  • Lily, The Hen House, 1989
  • Ellie Marsh, God on the Rocks, 1990
  • I Capture the Castle, BBC, 2002
  • Specials
  • Ermine, The Black Knight, 1977
  • Olivia, "Twelfth Night" (also known as "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night"), The BBC Television Shakespeare, BBC-2, then PBS, 1980
  • Nelly Mann, "Tales from Hollywood," American Playhouse, PBS, 1992
  • Roxanne, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bravo, 1994
  • Also appeared in The Shadow of a Gunman and Trilby.
  • Episodic
  • Jenny Lindley, "Take Seven," The Persuaders!, Incorporated Television Company, 1971
  • Sally, "The Eyes Have It" (also known as "Thriller: The Eyes Have It"), Thriller, Associated Television, 1974
  • Marie Dorval, Notorious Woman, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1975
  • Stage Appearances
  • Phoebe, The Importance of Mr. O, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland,1960
  • Beatrice and Joanna, The Changeling, Gardner Centre, Brighton, England, 1971
  • Mirandolina, 1971
  • The Silence of St. Just, 1971
  • Grace Harkaway, London Assurance, New Theatre, London, 1972
  • Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Shaw Theatre, London, 1972
  • Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Gardner Centre, 1973
  • Desdemona, Othello, Ludlow Festival, 1974
  • Raina Petkoff, Arms and the Man, Oxford Festival, Oxford, England,1976
  • Lady Amaranth, Wild Oats, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1977 then Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1979
  • Isabella, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, AldwychTheatre, 1979
  • Lisa, Children of the Sun, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1979
  • Celia, As You Like It, Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1980
  • Evadne, The Maid's Tragedy, Memorial Theatre, 1980
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, London, then Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1984-1985
  • Roxanne, Cyrano de Bergerac, London, then Gershwin Theatre, 1984-1985
  • Angelica Bianca, The Rover, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1986
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Barbican Theatre, London, 1987
  • Alice, Aristocrats, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1988
  • Masha, Three Sisters, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1990
  • Ruth Steadman, Map of the Heart, Globe Theatre, London, 1991
  • Grace, Faith Healer, Royal Court Theatre, 1992
  • Marguerite De Bourgogne, The Tower, Almeida Theatre, London, 1995-1996
  • Mai, Our Lady of Sligo, Royal National Theatre and Irish RepertoryTheatre, London, 1998-1999, then New York City, 2000
  • Lorraine, A Lie of the Mind, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2001
  • Appeared as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and as Portia inThe Merchant of Venice. Also appeared in productions at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Major Tours
  • Raina Petkoff, Arms and the Man, British cities, 1976
  • Videos
  • Herself, French & Saunders Live, 2000

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