It’s International Women’s Day and to mark the occasion, we’re celebrating women’s contributions to the film and television industry – specifically women from our own Emerald Isle
Irish women have also been kicking ass in the music scene while there are a bunch of Irish female TV characters who have really made their mark. It’s truly worth celebrating.
Actress, writer and producer Sharon Horgan’s career is truly on the up and up. Her hit series Catastrophe, which she created and starred in, is an Emmy and BAFTA nominee while Divorce, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, is also proving a huge success. Horgan can currently be seen in the hilarious Game Night.
Well, how could we not have Saoirse Ronan here? The actress is a three-time nominee and will star in no less than three films (On Chesil Beach, The Seagull and the highly-anticipated Mary Queen of Scots) in the coming year. Whether sticking to her Oirish roots in Ed Sheeran’s music video for Galway Girl or making the Americans LOL featuring on SNL, she’s proven herself a force to be reckoned with.
Cartoon Saloon has been a key behind making Irish animation a global success (the studio can boast three Oscar nominations for its feature films) and consistently working behind the scenes has been Nora Twomey. Having acted as co-director on the studio’s debut feature The Secret of Kells, and as head of story and voice director on their second hit Song of the Sea, Twomey is striking out on her own as solo director for The Breadwinner. The feature hits Irish cinemas this year and is truly unmissable.
After working as an award-winning editor for a number of years, Emer Reynolds turned her attention to working behind the camera of late and her filmography has continued to grow. After directing critically acclaimed docs Three Men Go To War and Here was Cuba, Reynolds truly took everyone’s breath away with her phenomenal film The Farthest last year. We’re so excited to see what she does next.
Dublin-born costume designer Consolata Boyle has had a phenomenal career with over 50 national and international credits to her name. She has worked on the likes of Into the West, When Brendan Met Trudy, The Queen, The Iron Lady, Philomena, Testament of Youth and Florence Foster Jenkins. This year, she earned her third Oscar nomination for Victoria & Abdul (having been nominated in the past for The Queen and Florence Foster Jenkins).
Dearbhla Walsh is an Irish director whose been making particular headway of late having directed episodes of hit series Fargo and Netflix show The Punisher. In the past, she directed episodes for a heap of renowned shows like Penny Dreadful, Borgia, Public Enemies, The Silence, The Tudors and Shameless. She is the proud owner of an Emmy award for her work on Claire Foy starrer Little Dorrit.
Actress and comedian Deirdre O’Kane’s career isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Over the past year, she starred in Halal Daddy, Younger and Bridget & Eamon, and also features in new release The Lodgers. O’Kane continues to narrate Gogglebox Ireland and presented this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards. She can currently be seen on the telly competing in the series Dancing with the Stars.