Fionnula recently finished filming the BBC’s new television series Redwater.
Her most recent film credits include Life’s a Breeze directed by Lance Daly, as Comptessa in Tasting Menu directed by Spanish director Roger Gual, and as Eileen Boyle in The Guard, written and directed by Martin MacDonagh.
Other notable screen work includes The Others (Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress) The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Transamerica (Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Supporting Actress), Yes Man, The Invention Of Lying, the Academy Award winning In The Region Of Ice, and the critically acclaimed Some Mother’s Son, in which she starred with Helen Mirren. She starred with Ian Bannen and David Kelly in Kirk Jones’ Waking Ned Divine and in Michael Winterbottom’s comedy feature With Or Without You. Fionnula also played a recurring character (Eloise Hawking) in the ABC’s TV phenomenon Lost.
Other US credits include Murder She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, How The West Was Won (Emmy Nomination Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series), Rich Man, Poor Man (for which she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series). She also starred in the CBS television series To Have And To Hold, and Brotherhood, the hit television series for Showtime.
Fionnula has a significant body of stage work behind her including, Miranda in The Tempest, Ellie in Heartbreak House, Alice You Can’t Take It With You, and Soldiers. She performed in An Trial (The Trial) for Dublin Theatre Festival, The Taming Of The Shrew for Bristol Old Vic, The Playboy Of The Western World at the Royal Court, and Twelfth Night for the Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
She originated the role of Maggie in Brian Friel’s Lovers at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and for her performance as Molly Bloom in Ulysses Of Nighttown (directed by Burgess Meredith) she was nominated for a Tony Award.
Fionnula was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA’s)