This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989). Venturing to Hollywood in the 1990s, she played a homeless woman befriended by kid-on-the-loose Macaulay Culkin in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992) and followed up with a more zany mother role in the little-seen "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993). Having acted on English TV on the BBC series "Casualty," Fricker began conquering US TV with roles in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Lethal Innocence" (1991) and the miniseries "The Sound and the Silence" (1993). Fricker offered memorable support as Albert Finney's exasperated sister in "A Man of No Importance" (1994) and appeared in support of Robin Wright in Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders" and as Matthew McConaughey's secretary in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill" (both 1996).
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Film debut in small role in "Sinful Davey"
Had regular role in the British TV series "Quartermass"
Acted in the Irish short film, "The Woman Who Married Clark Gable", opposite Bob Hoskins
Played Megan Roach on the popular BBC hospital drama series, "Casualty"
Breakthrough screen role as Mrs. Brown in "My Left Foot"; received Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress
Co-starred with Richard Harris in "The Field"
Had featured role in the Australian-produced miniseries "Brides of Christ"; aired in 1993 in USA
US television dramatic debut on the PBS "American Playhouse" presentation, "Lethal Innocence"
First American film, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
Cast as the mother of Mike Myer's character in the comedy "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
Appeared with Albert Finney in "A Man of No Importance"
Co-stared in the NBC miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means", starring Sally Field
Acted in the feature film "Moll Flanders"
Appeared as a secretary in "A Time to Kill"
Had co-starring role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Durango" (CBS)
Co-starred in a second "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production, "Cupid and Cate" (CBS)
Had featured role in "The War Bride"
Co-starred with Janet McTeer and Olympia Dukakis in "The Intended," directed by Kristian Levering
Cast opposite Cate Blanchett in "Veronica Guerin"
Featured in the made for TV movie "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss"
Portrayed 'Big Mama' in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Geffen Playhouse