Elaine Cassidy

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Elaine Cassidy
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 39)
Raheny, Ireland
Residence Greenwich, London, England
Years active1994–present
Stephen Lord (m. 2007)

Elaine Cassidy (born 31 December 1979) [1] is an Irish actress who is best known for playing the lead character Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island , Felicia in Felicia's Journey , Runt in Disco Pigs , Lydia in The Others , and Katherine Glendenning in The Paradise .

<i>Harpers Island</i> TV series

Harper's Island is an American horror mystery limited series created by Ari Schlossberg for CBS. Schlossberg, Jeffrey Jackson Bell and Jon Turteltaub served as executive producers. The series follows a group of family and friends that travel to the titular locale for a destination wedding, only to learn that there is a killer among them. At the center of the mystery is Abby Mills, whose mother was one of several people murdered by John Wakefield seven years prior.

<i>Felicias Journey</i> (film) 1999 film by Atom Egoyan

Felicia's Journey is a 1999 British-Canadian psychological thriller film written and directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Elaine Cassidy and Bob Hoskins. It is based on the prize-winning 1994 novel of the same name by William Trevor. It was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and won four Genie Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Disco Pigs is a 2001 Irish film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Enda Walsh, who adapted it from his 1996 play of the same name. Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy star as Cork teenagers who have a lifelong, but unhealthy, friendship that is imploding as they approach adulthood.


Early life

Elaine Cassidy was born in Raheny; her family moved to Kilcoole, County Wicklow, when she was three years old. [1] Her first role was as the title character in a school production of Pinocchio when she was five. [1]

Raheny Suburb of Dublin, Ireland

Raheny is a northern suburb of Dublin, Ireland, halfway from the city centre to Howth. It is centred on a historic settlement, first documented in 570 CE. The district shares Dublin's two largest municipal parks, Saint Anne's Park and Bull Island with its 4.5 km beach, with neighbouring Clontarf, and is crossed by several small watercourses.

Kilcoole Village in Leinster, Ireland

Kilcoole is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is three kilometres south of Greystones, 14 kilometres north of Wicklow, and about 28 kilometres south of Dublin. It was used as the set for the Irish television series Glenroe, which ran through the 1980s and 1990s.

County Wicklow County in the Republic of Ireland

County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. The last of the traditional 32 counties to be formed, as late as 1606, it is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingaló, which means "Vikings' Meadow". Wicklow County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county was 142,425 at the 2016 census.


In 1996, Cassidy was nominated for the Most Promising Actress at the Geneva Film Festival for her role in The Sun, the Moon and the Stars. [1] She played the starring role in Felicia's Journey , for which she was nominated Best Actress at the 20th Genie Awards. [1] She has won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) for Best Actress in a Lead Role in Film in 2003 for her role as Runt in Disco Pigs , and in 2010 for Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island . [1] She was also nominated for an IFTA in 2005 as Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as "Maud Lilly" in the BBC BAFTA nominated drama Fingersmith , [1] in 2007 as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Film for her role as Sandra in And When Did You Last See Your Father? , and in 2009 as Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as Annie Mulcahy in Little White Lie .

The Geneva Film Festival is an annual event that takes place in Geneva, Illinois. The festival shows films from around the world and puts on a workshop for those interested in the technical aspects of the film making process.

The 20th Genie Awards were held in 2000 to honour films released in 1999. The ceremony was hosted by Patrick McKenna.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

She is also a stage actress, appearing in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2002) and The Crucible (2006) with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in There Came A Gypsy Riding at the Almeida Theatre in 2007. [2] She appeared in the music video for Coldplay's "The Scientist". [3] She plays DC Dinah Kowalska in No Offence .

<i>The Lieutenant of Inishmore</i> play written by Martin McDonagh

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a black comedy by Martin McDonagh, in which the 'mad' leader of an Irish National Liberation Army splinter group discovers that his cat has been killed. It has been produced twice in the West End and on Broadway, where it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

<i>The Crucible</i> 1953 play by Arthur Miller

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. Miller was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.

Royal Shakespeare Company British theatre company

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1,000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year. The RSC plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and on tour across the UK and internationally.

She also plays Maureen in the one-off ITV drama special of the book Just Henry, which was made into film in August 2011 and screened on ITV on 18 December 2011.

Personal life

She is married to actor Stephen Lord, whom she met on the set of The Truth . They live in Greenwich, London, with their daughter Kila, born on 16 September 2009. [4] Their second child, a son named Lynott Lord Cassidy, was born around 23 January 2013.

Stephen Lord is an English actor probably best known for playing Jase Dyer in the BBC soap opera EastEnders between 2007 and 2008 and Dominic Meak in the Channel 4 comedy drama series, Shameless, between 2012 and 2013.

The Truth is a darkly comic murder-mystery satirising New Age therapy. It was directed by George Milton, co-written by Milton and Mark Tilton and produced by Julie-anne Edwards. The film features an ensemble cast including Elizabeth McGovern, Elaine Cassidy, Karl Theobald, Stephen Lord, Zoe Telford, Rachael Stirling, William Beck and Lea Mornar and was critically acclaimed on its theatrical release in 2006.

Greenwich town in south-east London, England

Greenwich is an area of South East London, England, located 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross. It is located within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to which it lends its name.



1994The Stranger Within MeMichelleShort film
1996The Sun, the Moon and the StarsShelley
1999 Felicia's Journey Felicia
2001 The Others Lydia
2001 Disco Pigs Runt – Sinead
2002 The Bay of Love and Sorrows Carrie Matchett
2006 The Truth Candy
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? Sandra
2012Hannah Cohen's Holy CommunionRachel CohenShort film
2014 The Loft Ellie Seacord
2015 The Program Betsy Andreu
2018 Strangeways Here We Come Steph Nolan


1995 Mission Top Secret Mary"The Crown Jewels Are Missing"
2001 The Lost World Agnes ClunyTV film
2003 Watermelon Anna RyanTV film
2005Uncle Adolf Geli Raubal TV film
2005 Fingersmith Maud LillyTV miniseries
2005 The Ghost Squad Det. Amy HarrisMain role
2007 A Room with a View Lucy HoneychurchTV film
2008 Little White Lie Annie MulcahyTV film
2009Dr HooZaraTV series
2009 Harper's Island Abby Mills Lead role
2011 Just Henry Maureen DodgeTV film
2011The Miraculous YearBrona McKinneyTV film
2012–13 The Paradise Katherine WestonMain role
2015–Present No Offence DC Dinah KowalskaMain role
2017 Acceptable Risk [5] Sarah ManningTV series; main role
2020 The Dark Tower [6] Gabrielle DeschainTV series; main role



1996 Geneva Film Festival Most Promising ActressWonShelley in The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
2000 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaNominatedFelicia in Felicia's Journey
Genie Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
2002 British Independent Film Award Best ActressNominatedRunt in Disco Pigs
2003 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Feature FilmWon
2005Best Actress in TelevisionNominatedMaud Lilly in Fingersmith
2008Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature FilmNominatedSandra in And When Did You Last See Your Father?
2009Best Actress in TelevisionNominatedAnnie Mulcahy in Little White Lie
2010Best Actress in TelevisionWonAbby Mills in Harper's Island
2016Best Actress in a Lead Role – DramaNominatedDinah Kowalska in No Offence

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