Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be an actress. With her mother and sister both actresses themselves, it felt natural for her to gravitate towards the stage and screen. As a child she was cast opposite her mum in a Goodfellas pizza ad and enjoyed the experience so much she signed up for acting classes at the Gaiety School of Acting. The tutors there, she says, didn’t treat them like kids but instead taught the students how to develop characters and helped them to write their own stories and monologues. This experience set her up for working closely with writers and directors so that when the real world came it “wasn’t so terrifying”. That real world involved roles in RTE’s Stardust and  The Clinic as well as theatre work such as Chatroom, a play by Calipo Theatre Company which ran as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. More recently she’s just finished a short film, written and produced by Gavin O’ Connor, about a torture victim experiencing traumatic flashbacks. Roisin started in Trinity as a Freshman studying drama and classics but left after a couple of weeks as she wanted to focus on her career. Ultimately she would love to pursue an international career, perhaps moving to the US to facilitate this. In the meantime, she is enjoying where her career is leading her at the moment and relished the opportunity to work with such a young and talented cast on What Richard Did.