Before Orla Brady set her eyes on an acting career at the age of 26 years when most people are at the peak of their careers, she was working as a part-time model in London. When the call to be an actor became strong, she applied to study Theater in Paris through the French Embassy, a bold move despite her difficulties with the language. As she time progressed she became a strong force in the Irish Theatre and London as well. Here is everything you should know about her.
Orla Brady: Age and Early Life
Orla Brady was born on 28 March 1961 to Patrick and Catherine (Kitty). She is the second child in a family of four. Orla was raised in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, until the age of seven. She studied at the Loreto Convent in Wicklow and an Ursuline Convent in Dublin.
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She described herself as a tomboy growing up which made her feel relaxed in the alluring world of boys until that phase of life passed. When she turned 26 years of age, she moved to Paris, where she studied at L’École Philippe Gaulier, securing a place at Marcel Marceau’s École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris.
Orla Brady is 59 years of age.
Orla Brady: Career
After studying in Paris, she returned to Dublin and landed a role of Adela in the House of Bernarda Alba at the Gate Theater. She settled quickly in theater roles and stayed with the Balloonatics Theatre Company, touring productions of Hamlet and Finnegans Wake. Orla also played the character of Natasha in the play “Three Sisters”.
She moved to London and played Kate in “Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come”, which later transferred from the King’s Head Theatre to the West End. It was in England that she made her professional debut in “Blinded by the Sun” by Stephen Poliakoff at the Royal National Theatre.
Orla Brady soon discovered that her acting talent can be extended to not just the theater side of the show business but to television and film as well so she took the opportunity and appeared in “A Love Divided” where she portrayed Sheila Cloney, for which she won the 1999 Golden Nymph Best Actress Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Orla also starred in the BBC drama series “Mistresses” as Siobhan Dillon, a lawyer who struggled to maintain her relationship with husband Hari while also having an affair with her colleague, Dominic, with whom she later went on to have a child.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and appeared in “Family Law”, where she played Naoise O’Niell. The series ran for 3 years on CBS. She has also starred in “Nip/Tuck”, a US drama about plastic surgeons in which she played Dr. Jordan. She later starred in “Shark” as Claire Stark, the ex-wife of James Woods.
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Her Hollywood triumph continued impressively as she appeared as Elizabeth Bishop, the wife of Walter Bishop and the mother of Peter Bishop in the Fox television series “Fringe”. She appeared in the ITV series “Eternal Law” as Mrs Sheringham, an angel who fell in love with a human and became mortal. She had a main role in the AMC martial arts drama series “Into the Badlands” as Lydia.
Marriage and Net Worth
Orla Brady found the idol to her idolatry when she moved to the US who happened to be English photographer Nick Brandt. They married in December 2002 in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya. Orla currently lives in the mountains of Southern California where she enjoys her 3 million dollars net worth.