Brenda Fricker

Actor, Journalist
This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1945 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (53)

Pete's Meteor 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Long Way from Home 2013 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Locked In 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

Cloudburst 2010 (Movie)

Dot (Actor)

How About You 2008 (Movie)

Heather Nightingale (Actor)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

Mrs McQuarry (Actor)

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)

Grandma Reilly (Actor)

Rory O'Shea Was Here 2005 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Conspiracy of Silence 2004 (Movie)

Annie McLaughlin (Actor)

The Intended 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

Trauma 2004 (Movie)

Petra (Actor)

Veronica Guerin 2003 (Movie)

Bernie Guerin (Actor)

I Was a Rat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Maclean (Actor)

The American 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Bride 2001 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Never Ever 2000 (Movie)

Rose Hindmarch (Actor)

Resurrection Man 2000 (Movie)

Dorcas Kelly (Actor)

Durango 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Painted Angels 1998 (Movie)

Annie Ryan (Actor)

Masterminds 1997 (Movie)

Principal Maloney (Actor)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Ethel Twitty (Actor)

Deadly Advice 1996 (Movie)

Iris Greenwood (Actor)

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Mazzawatti (Actor)

Swann 1996 (Movie)

Rose Hindmarch (Actor)

Out of Ireland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Man of No Importance 1994 (Movie)

Lily Byrne (Actor)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

Maggie Nelson (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Brides of Christ 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

May Mackenzie (Actor)

The Sound and the Silence 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Utz 1993 (Movie)

Marta (Actor)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

Pigeon Lady (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Field 1990 (Movie)

Maggie McCabe (Actor)

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Brown (Actor)

Our Exploits at West Poley 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Woman Who Married Clark Gable 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloody Kids 1982 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

The Ballroom of Romance 1980 (Movie)

Bridey (Actor)

The Music Machine 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Pearson (Actor)

The Quatermass Conclusion 1978 (Movie)

Alison (Actor)

Licking Hitler 1976 (Movie)

Eileen Graham (Actor)

Cupid & Cate (TV Show)

Actor

Journey (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Omagh (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989). Venturing to Hollywood in the 1990s, she played a homeless woman befriended by kid-on-the-loose Macaulay Culkin in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992) and followed up with a more zany mother role in the little-seen "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993). Having acted on English TV on the BBC series "Casualty", Fricker began conquering US TV with roles in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Lethal Innocence" (1991) and the miniseries "The Sound and the Silence" (1993). Fricker offered memorable support as Albert Finney's exasperated sister in "A Man of No Importance" (1994) and appeared in support of Robin Wright in Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders" and as Matthew McConaughey's secretary in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill" (both 1996).

EDUCATION

Took elocution lessons with Ena Burke in Dublin as a child

Milestones

2005

Portrayed 'Big Mama' in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Geffen Playhouse

2004

Featured in the made for TV movie "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss"

2003

Cast opposite Cate Blanchett in "Veronica Guerin"

2002

Co-starred with Janet McTeer and Olympia Dukakis in "The Intended," directed by Kristian Levering

2001

Had featured role in "The War Bride"

2000

Co-starred in a second "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production, "Cupid and Cate" (CBS)

1999

Had co-starring role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Durango" (CBS)

1996

Appeared as a secretary in "A Time to Kill"

1996

Acted in the feature film "Moll Flanders"

1995

Co-stared in the NBC miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means", starring Sally Field

1994

Appeared with Albert Finney in "A Man of No Importance"

1993

Cast as the mother of Mike Myer's character in the comedy "So I Married an Axe Murderer"

1992

First American film, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"

1991

Had featured role in the Australian-produced miniseries "Brides of Christ"; aired in 1993 in USA

1991

US television dramatic debut on the PBS "American Playhouse" presentation, "Lethal Innocence"

1990

Co-starred with Richard Harris in "The Field"

1989

Breakthrough screen role as Mrs. Brown in "My Left Foot"; received Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress

1986

Played Megan Roach on the popular BBC hospital drama series, "Casualty"

1985

Acted in the Irish short film, "The Woman Who Married Clark Gable", opposite Bob Hoskins

1979

Had regular role in the British TV series "Quartermass"

1968

Film debut in small role in "Sinful Davey"

Raised in Dublin, Ireland

Still a teenager, suffered the loss of kidney

Worked extensively on the Irish stage before moving to London

As a teenager, was seriously injured in car accident

Acted with the National Theater in plays including "The Plough and the Stars" and "Lavender Blue", with the Royal Court Theater in "Within Two Shadows" and "A Pagan's Place" and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in works including "TV Times" and "The Iri

Contracted tuberculosis in her teens

Spent childhood summers in County Kerry

Ventured into acting while employed as a journalist for The Irish Times

Bonus Trivia

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Reportedly Fricker has suffered severe bouts of depression over the course of her life.

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