Holding her Academy Award in 1990
|Born||February 17, 1945
Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945) is an Academy Award winning Irish actress.
Her mother, Bina, was a teacher at Stratford College, and her father, Desmond, was an officer in the Department of Agriculture and a journalist for The Irish Times. In her teens, she aspired to follow her parent's footsteps into journalism.
Before becoming an actress, Fricker was assistant to the art editor of the Irish Times, with hopes to become a reporter. At age 19, she became an actress "by chance", her feature film career began with a small uncredited part in the 1964 film Of Human Bondage, based on the 1915 novel by W. Somerset Maugham.
She first came to wider public attention in the United Kingdom for her role as Megan Roach in the BBC One television drama series Casualty. She played this role from 1986 to 1990 on a regular basis, with some return guest appearances later.
Fricker then acted in several films. She won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown's mother in My Left Foot; among others, she thanked Christy Brown in her acceptance speech, simply for "being alive" and also dedicated the Oscar to Mrs. Brown, Christy's mother saying, "Anyone who gave birth twenty-one times would deserve one of these." She next co-starred in the 1990 film The Field.
She acted in a string of successful films, and continued her television work during this period. She starred in Australian produced short series Brides of Christ (1991). She then co-starred in the 1992 TV miniseries Seekers alongside Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson. Key film appearances include roles in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and So I Married an Axe Murderer, as a Weekly World News-obsessed Scottish immigrant. In 2003 she played Bernie Guerin, mother of Veronica Guerin (played by Cate Blanchett) in the film of the same name. She then played nurse Eileen in the film Inside I'm Dancing.
She left Casualty because she believed her character had "started off with a wonderful sense of humour, [but] lost it all and all she ever seemed to do was push a trolley around and offer tea and sympathy". Fricker bowed out as Megan in December 1990, after playing the character in 65 episodes, starting with the very first episode in September 1986. Then in February 1998 she was in two episodes, where Megan attended the wedding of her former colleagues Charlie Fairhead and Barbara 'Baz' Samuels. In 2007 she returned for a single episode for Red Nose Day. The episode was written by Richard Curtis.
On 4 October 2009, it was announced that Fricker would make another return to Casualty as Megan for five episodes, before her character is killed off.
Fricker currently lives in The Liberties in Dublin. She was previously married to director Barry Davies. She says that her loves include her pet dogs, drinking Guinness, reading poetry and playing snooker (she once said that she had taken 'on the whole crew of My Left Foot, "I played pool against 17 of them, and beat them all" Brenda once said.).
|1964||Of Human Bondage||bit part||uncredited|
|1978-1979||Quatermass||Alison Thorpe||TV series|
|1982||The Ballroom of Romance||Bridie|
|1985||The Woman Who Married Clark Gable||Mary|
|1986-1990, 1998, 2007||Casualty||Megan Roach||TV series|
|1989||My Left Foot||Mrs. Brown||Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
|1990||The Field||Maggie McCabe|
|1991||Brides of Christ||Sister Agnes|
|1992||The Sound and the Silence||Eliza||TV|
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York||Central Park Pigeon Woman|
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||May Mackenzie|
|Deadly Advice||Iris Greenwood|
|1994||A Man of No Importance||Lily Byrne|
|Angels in the Outfield||Maggie Nelson|
|1996||Moll Flanders||Mrs. Mazzawatti|
|A Time to Kill||Ethel Twitty|
|1997||Masterminds||Principal Claire Maloney|
|1998||Painted Angels||Annie Ryan|
|Resurrection Man||Dorcas Kelly|
|1999||Resurrection||Clare's mother||TV remake of 1980 original|
|2001||The War Bride||Betty|
|2002||The Intended||Mrs. Jones|
|2003||Conspiracy of Silence||Annie McLaughlin|
|Veronica Guerin||Bernie Guerin|
|Omagh||Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan||TV|
|Inside I'm Dancing||Eileen|
|2007||How About You|
|Closing the Ring||Grandma Reilly|
|2008||Stone of Destiny||post-production|