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Also Known As: Sinead Moira Cusack Died:
Born: February 18, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ireland Profession: actor

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This petite blonde stage-trained Irish actress is best-known for her work on the London stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the Royal Court Theatre. The daughter of noted actor Cyril Cusack, she began her professional career at the famed Abbey Theater of Dublin. In the late 1960s, Cusack moved to London and soon thereafter began her collaboration with the RSC. She also made her feature debut with a small part in Clive Donner's "Alfred the Great" (1969). The next year, she starred opposite Peter Sellers in the small comedy "Hoffman" but for the better part of the next two decades, she concentrated on working in the theater. Cusack has played leading Shakespearean roles in RSC and Royal Court productions of "Macbeth" (as Lady Macbeth), "The Taming of the Shrew" (as Kate) and "The Merchant of Venice" (as Portia). In 1984, she made her Broadway debut opposite Derek Jacobi in the repertory productions of "Much Ado About Nothing" (as Beatrice) and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (as Roxanne), earning a Tony nomination for her work in the former. Six years later, she returned to London's West End for an acclaimed production of "The Three Sisters", co-starring her father and her sisters Sorcha and Niamh....

This petite blonde stage-trained Irish actress is best-known for her work on the London stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the Royal Court Theatre. The daughter of noted actor Cyril Cusack, she began her professional career at the famed Abbey Theater of Dublin. In the late 1960s, Cusack moved to London and soon thereafter began her collaboration with the RSC. She also made her feature debut with a small part in Clive Donner's "Alfred the Great" (1969). The next year, she starred opposite Peter Sellers in the small comedy "Hoffman" but for the better part of the next two decades, she concentrated on working in the theater.

Cusack has played leading Shakespearean roles in RSC and Royal Court productions of "Macbeth" (as Lady Macbeth), "The Taming of the Shrew" (as Kate) and "The Merchant of Venice" (as Portia). In 1984, she made her Broadway debut opposite Derek Jacobi in the repertory productions of "Much Ado About Nothing" (as Beatrice) and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (as Roxanne), earning a Tony nomination for her work in the former. Six years later, she returned to London's West End for an acclaimed production of "The Three Sisters", co-starring her father and her sisters Sorcha and Niamh.

In the late 1980s, Cusack resumed her big screen career and has co-starred in a handful of mostly European-made features. Her American films have included "Rocket Gibraltar" and "Dublin Murders" (both 1988), while her other credits have included the fantasies "Venus Peter" (1989), "Waterland" (1992) with her husband Jeremy Irons, Les Blair's comedy "Bad Behaviour" (1993), opposite Stephen Rea, and the dramas "The Cement Garden" (1993) and "The Nephew" (lensed 1996). In Italy, she co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave and Johnathon Schaech in Franco Zeffirelli's "Sparrow" (1993) and again teamed with her Irons and Liv Tyler in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1996).

Cusack made her TV debut in 1970 playing Emily to her father's Barkis in a British production of "David Copperfield". She went to appear in several British-made TV-movies, including the thriller "The Eyes Have It" (1974), two "Quiller" mysteries, "Night of the Father" and "Price of Violence" (both 1975), in which she was cast as a detective's right-hand, "Twelfth Night" (1980), as Olivia, and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1994), as Roxanne. She and Irons both played supporting roles to Rosemary Harris' George Sand in the multi-part biography "Notorious Woman" (PBS, 1975) and "Tales from Hollywood" (PBS, 1992). More recently, Cusack was seen opposite Alan Bates in the BBC mystery "Oliver's Travels" (1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sea, The (2013)
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 Cracks (2009)
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5.
 Eastern Promises (2007)
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7.
 V for Vendetta (2006)
8.
 North & South (2004)
9.
 I Capture the Castle (2002) Mrs Cotton
10.
 Dream (2001) Kathleen
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Milestones close milestones

1960:
Made stage debut in "The Importance of Mr. O"
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Moved to England
1969:
Feature acting debut, "Alfred the Great"
1970:
TV acting debut, "David Copperfield"
1972:
London stage debut, "Romeo and Juliet"
1975:
First onscreen collaboration with Jeremy Irons, in the television production of "Notorious Woman"
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Starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions including "Macbeth" and "As You Like It"
1977:
Last feature film for over a decade, "The Last Remake of Beau Geste"
1984:
Co-starred in the tandem Broadway productions of the RSC's revivals of "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Cyrano de Bergerac"; received Tony Award nomination for the former
1988:
Returned to films to appear in "Rocket Gibraltar"
1990:
Co-starred with her father and sisters Sorcha and Niamh in the West End revival of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters"
1992:
Had featured role alongside her husband Jeremy Irons in "Waterland"
1996:
Appeared opposite husband Jeremy Irons in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
1999:
Garnered praise for her stage performance in "Our Lady of Sligo"; reprised role in NYC in 2000
2000:
Co-starred in "Passion of Mind"
2001:
Acted on the London stage in "A Lie of the Mind"
2002:
Starred opposite Stuart Wilson in the Royal Shakespeare Company's staging of "Antony and Cleopatra"
2006:
Cast in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta" based on the acclaimed graphic novel by author Alan Moore
2006:
Starred in the BBC sitcom "Home Again"
2007:
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in director David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises"
2008:
Cast in Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'n' Roll"; received a Tony award for Featured Actress in a Play
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Education

University College: -
Holy Child Convent: -

Notes

"Normally I'm rather grim, willful, I tend to over-dramatize things and there's a great saying in my family about 'doing a Janey.' That's the name I was christened with and only epople I've known before the age of twelve use it. It means wanting what someone else has got." --Sinead Cusack quoted in Time Out, July 18, 1990.

"Sinead had a complicated relationship with Cyril [her father, the actor Cyril Cusack] but she's come through that and blossomed and it shows in her face and her aura. She is more beautiful now, at 53, than she was when I first met her. In her twenties there was a prettiness but it was vapid. Recently she went through a stage of saying, 'I've got to have a face-lift,' and I said, 'Don't you dare, because what's in you shines out of your face.'" --husband Jeremy Irons quoted in The Daily Telegraph, February 19, 2001.

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companion:
Vincent Dowling. Artistic director, acting teacher. Had romance c. 1967; Dowling detailed the relationship in his memoirs, "Astride the Moon" published in 2002.
husband:
Jeremy Irons. Actor. Married on March 3, 1978; father of sons Samuel and Maximilian; appeared together in the film "Waterland" (1992).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Cyril James Cusack. Actor. Born November 26, 1910; died October 7, 1993 at age 82.
mother:
Maureen Cusack. Actor. Died in April 1975.
sister:
Sorcha Cusack. Actor. Younger; first name pronounced "Surr-eeka".
sister:
Niamh Cusack. Actor. Younger; first name pronounced "Nee-iv".
brother:
Paul Cusack.
brother:
Padraig Cusack.
half-sister:
Catherine Cusack. Actor. Younger; mother, Mary Cusack.
son:
Samuel James Brefni Irons. Actor. Born c. 1978; father, Jeremy Irons.
son:
Maximilian Paul Diarmiud Irons. Born c. 1985; father, Jeremy Irons.
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