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Bronagh Gallagher

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Occupation(s)  SingerActress
Years active  1990s–present
Name  Bronagh Gallagher

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Origin  Derry, Northern Ireland
Role  Singer ·
Albums  The Commitments, Bronagh Gallagher, The Commitments (disc 2), The Best Of, Precious Soul
TV shows  The Fitz, Over The Rainbow (UK)
Nominations  Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Robert Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies  The Commitments, Pulp Fiction, Tristan & Isolde, Grabbers, Star Wars Episode I: The Phan
Similar People  Angeline Ball, Andrew Strong, Jon Wright, Glen Hansard, Alan Parker

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Bronagh Gallagher (born 26 April 1972) is an Irish singer and actress. Gallagher had her first acting role in the 1989 television movie Dear Sarah.


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Early life

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Gallagher was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. During her teenage years, she got involved in drama and music activities through school and joined a local amateur dramatics group called the Oakgrove Theatre Company. At one time she was a backing singer in a local band called The Listener.


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A former hairdresser, Gallagher's big break came when she starred as Bernie in The Commitments (1991). She followed up with small parts in Pulp Fiction and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Other film appearances include Thunderpants, You, Me & Marley, Divorcing Jack, Tristan & Isolde, Last Chance Harvey, Sherlock Holmes and Grabbers.

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Gallagher has appeared onstage in Théâtre de Complicité touring production of The Street of Crocodiles and The National Theatre's production War Horse as Rose Narracott.

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Gallagher's first album Precious Soul was released in 2004 on the Salty Dog Records label and was produced by John Reynolds. The album features collaborations with Brian Eno on the songs "He Don't Love You" and "Hooks". Gallagher wrote most of the music on the album, played the drums and sang lead vocals.

In 2009, Gallagher starred alongside a well-known cast on the MySpace/Vertigo Films production Faintheart and starred in the BBC Three comedy TV series Pramface in 2012.

On television, she played the mother of young Nick in the BBC drama Nick Nickleby. She played Trisha Meehan in The Field of Blood and Ada Mason in Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 2 episode "The Mystery of the Blue Train".

An image of Gallagher, in character as Bernie McGloughlin in the film The Commitments, was featured on an Irish postage stamp as part of the Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary series issued by An Post. The image includes her The Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball as Imelda Quirke, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Natalie Murphy and Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte.


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