Cusack, Niamh 1959–

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Cusack, Niamh 1959–


First name is pronounced "Neeve"; born October 20, 1959, in Dublin, Ireland; daughter of Cyril (an actor) and Maureen (an actress) Cusack; sister of Sinead Cusack (an actress), Sorcha Cusack (an actress), and Padraig Cusack (a producer); half sister of Catherine Cusack (an actress); companion of Finbar Lynch (an actor); children: Calam. Education: Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Avocational Interests: Cooking, reading, walking.


Agent—Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England.


Actress. Niamh Cusack Theatre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, owner, beginning 2002; performed as a professional flutist, including work with the Radio Telefis Eiran (RTE) orchestras.

Awards, Honors:

Irish Film and Television Academy Award nomination, best actress in a television drama, 2004, for Too Good to Be True; received other awards, including an Irish Life Award and an Irish Post Award.


Television Appearances; Series:

Melanie, Chalkface, BBC, 1991.

Dr. Kate Rowan, Heartbeat (also known as Classic Heartbeat), Independent Television (England), 1992-95.

Beatrix Potter, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (live action and animated), BBC and Family Channel, beginning 1993.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Clara Clutterback, Shadow on the Sun (also known as Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun), CBS, 1988.

Louise, Till We Meet Again (also known as Judith Krantz's "Till We Meet Again"), CBS, 1989.

Bridget Paterson, Colour Blind (also known as Catherine Cookson's "Colour Blind"), [Great Britain], 1998.

Dr. Grace Hazlett, State of Mind, Independent Television (England), 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Denise Slipper, Lucky Sunil, BBC, 1988.

Julie Flynn, Rhinoceros, [Great Britain], 1999.

Ellen Hall, Little Bird, Granada Television, 2000.

Chloe, Loving You (also known as The Rainbow Room), Independent Television (England), 2003.

Tina, Too Good to Be True, Carlton Television, 2003.

Emma Crackenthorpe, Marple: 4.50 from Paddington (also known as Agatha Christie's "Marple," Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw, Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw, and What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw), Independent Television, 2004, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2005.

Vanessa Forde, Fallen Angel, Independent Television 3, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Helena, The Fairy Queen (opera; also known as The Fairy Queen (La reine des fees) and La reine des fees), France 3, 1989.

Ruth, A Marriage of Inconvenience, Independent Television (England), 1990.

Mary McGuire, Cause of Death, [Great Britain], 1997.

Herself, 10 Years of "Heartbeat," Independent Television, 2002.

Herself, Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's "Marple," Independent Television 3, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Second Irish Film and Television Awards, IFTN (Ireland), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Valerie Saintclair, "The King of Clubs," Agatha Christie's "Poirot" (also known as Poirot and Poirot, Series One), London Weekend Television, 1989, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1990.

Roberta "Bobbie" Wickham, "Wooster with a Wife (or Jeeves, the Matchmaker)," Jeeves and Wooster (also known as Jeeves and Wooster, Series II), Granada Television, 1991, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS.

Registrar Christine Fletcher, Always and Everyone (also known as A&E and St. Saviours), Granada Television, 2000.

Guest, GMTV, Independent Television (England), 2004.

Gill, "Friends Reunited," The Last Detective, Independent Television, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared in Angel Train, Granada Television.

Film Appearances:

Jenny Swanton, Paris by Night, Cineplex Odeon Films, 1988.

Josephine, Fools of Fortune, New Line Cinema/Lauren Film, 1990.

Brigid Maguire, The Playboys, Jose Esteban Alenda Distribucion, 1992.

Kate, The Closer You Get (also known as American Women), Fox Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Irina, Three Sisters, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1985.

Jess and magistrate, Mary, after the Queen, Royal Shakespeare Company, Whitbread Flowers Warehouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1985.

Anything Goes (musical), Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1985.

Desdemona, Othello, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1985, Barbican Theatre, London, 1986.

The Soldier's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1985, Almeida Theatre, London, 1986.

The Gift, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1986.

The Magic Hag, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1986.

Sue Hammond, Country Dancing, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1986, Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1987.

Jane Hogarth, The Art of Success, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1986, Gulbenkian Studio, 1987, and The Pit, London, 1987.

Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1986, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1987, and Barbican Theatre, 1987.

Portrait of a Marriage, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1987.

Lady Mary, The Admirable Crichton, Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, 1988.

Gutschen, The Tutor, Old Vic Theatre, London, c. 1988.

Gemma, Captain Swing, Leeds Playhouse (later known as the West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, England, c. 1989.

Three Sisters, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1990.

Pegeen Mike, The Playboy of the Western World, West Yorkshire Playhouse (formerly known as the Leeds Playhouse), Leeds, England, c. 1990.

Nora Clitheroe, The Plough and the Stars, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1991.

Phoenix, Bush Theatre, London, 1992.

Indian Ink, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1995-96.

Rosalind, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Barbican Theatre, both 1996.

Armande, The Learned Ladies, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1996, The Pit, beginning 1996.

Claire, The Maids, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 1997.

Nabokov's Gloves, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1998.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 2003.

Serafina Pekkala, His Dark Materials, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, c. 2004.

Breathing Corpses, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 2005.

Jane Hammersby, Mammals, Bush Theatre, 2006.

Appeared as Nora, A Doll's House, as Irina, Three Sisters, and as Hester Worsley, A Woman of No Importance, all Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland; as Helena, The Faerie Queen (opera; also known as The Fairy Queen (La reine des fees) and La reine des fees), Aix en Provence, France; and in Not I, Beckett Festival, Barbican Centre.

Major Tours:

Jane Hammersby, Mammals, English cities, 2006.


Audiobooks; Narrator:

Marian Keyes, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, Random House, 1997.

Clare Boylan, Room for a Single Lady, Chivers Audio Books, 1999.

Kate Thompson, Switchers, Listening Library, 1999.

Kate Thompson, Midnight's Choice, Listening Library/Random House, 2000.

Kate Thompson, Wild Blood, Listening Library, 2001.

Marian Keyes, Angels, Penguin Audiobooks, 2002.

Cathy Kelly, Best of Friends, HarperCollins, 2004.

William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Audio Partners, 2004.

Cathy Kelly, Always and Forever, HarperCollins, 2005.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Audio Partners, 2005.