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Fionnula Flanagan Biography

Birth Name:
Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan
Birth Place:
Dublin, Ireland

Fast Facts

  • Trained at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, but was dismissed after a year and a half because, she told People Magazine in 1978, "they didn't know what to do with me
  • " Worked at a variety of jobs, including as a waitress, a factory hand, a chauffeur, a language teacher, a group consultant, a football coach and as a substitute director at a halfway house
  • In 1968, made her Broadway debut in Brian Friel's Lovers
  • Portrayed six roles in both the stage and film versions of James Joyce's Women, which she also wrote and produced
  • Received the Irish Film & Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012


  • 2014Irish Film & Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress Film: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated