Sorcha Cusack is an actress from Ireland known for her extensive television work. Over the course of her five-decade-long career, she has accumulated about sixty film and TV credits. A Dublin native, she grew up in a family of actors. As a result, she was exposed to the entertainment industry since she was a child and had always wanted to become an actress. Cusack had her television debut in 1968 in the TV miniseries ‘A HAon is a HAon Sin a Haon’. She debuted on the big screen in Jan Darnley-Smith’s 1978 family fantasy film ‘A Hitch in Time’. Some of her most memorable TV credits are 'Jane Eyre', 'Casualty', 'Coronation Street', and 'Father Brown'. She has portrayed Mary in the musical drama film ‘Angel’, Mum O'Neil in ‘Snatch’, Mrs. McGuire in ‘One of the Hollywood Ten’, Justice Dickie in ‘Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie’, and Aunt Agnes in ‘The Flag’.
In 1968, Sorcha Cusack made her screen debut in the Irish miniseries ‘A HAon is a HAon Sin a Haon’. She subsequently starred in several telefilms before landing the titular role in the 1973 miniseries ‘Jane Eyre’. In 1974, she appeared in the ITV miniseries ‘Napoleon and Love’, portraying a character named Hortense. That year, she also played the recurring role of Sally in two episodes of ‘Rooms’.
She appeared in the 1978 family fantasy film ‘A Hitch in Time’ that tells the story of two students and their professor as they go back and forth through their local history on their time machine. Besides Cusack, the film starred Michael McVey, Pheona McLellan, and Patrick Troughton. In 1980, she appeared as Nesta White in the TV series ‘The Square Leopard’. In Neil Jordan’s film ‘Angel’ (1982), she was cast as a minor character named Mary.
Between 1994 and 1997, she portrayed Kate Wilson, a nurse serving in the Emergency department of the fictional Holby City Hospital, in the BBC medical drama series ‘Casualty’. In 1999, she was featured in three episodes of the BBC miniseries ‘Eureka Street’. A year later, she was cast as Brad Pitt’s mother in Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy film ‘Snatch’. In the 2000 drama film ‘One of the Hollywood Ten’, she shared screen space with Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi, and Ángela Molina. Cusack played Helen Connor, Barry Conner’s (Frank Grimes) wife, in several episodes of ITV’s soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ in 2008.
In BBC One’s long-running crime drama series ‘Silent Witness’, she guest-starred as Denise Morris in two episodes in 2003. She made her return to the show for another two episodes in 2011 and portrayed Miranda Silverlake, a new character. From 2010 to 2011, she played Noreen in the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Pete Versus Life’. In the 2015 miniseries ‘River’, she worked with the likes of Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, and Lesley Manville. Cusack is currently portraying the matronly vampire Marthe in Sky One’s fantasy horror series ‘A Discovery of Witches’ and Mrs. Bridgette McCarthy, the housekeeper of the eponymous character, in BBC One’s detective period drama ‘Father Brown’.
In recent years, she has appeared in films like ‘Lost Christmas’ (2011), ‘Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie’ (2014), ‘The Flag’ (2016), and ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ (2017). In 2011, she lent her voice to Older Cabella in the romance drama ‘’The Italian Key’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on April 9, 1949, in Dublin, Ireland, Cusack is the third of five children of actors Cyril Cusack (1910-1993) and Maureen Cusack (1920-1977). The oldest of the Cusack siblings is her brother Paul, born on November 29, 1946. Cusack’s older sister, actress Sinéad Cusack, was born on February 18, 1948, while, her younger sister, actress Niamh Cusack, was born on October 20, 1959. The youngest sibling, Pádraig Cusack, was welcomed into the world by his family on March 16, 1962. Cusack also has a half-sister named Catherine (born December 21, 1968) from her father’s relationship with Mary Rose Cunningham.
Cusack is married to actor Nigel Cooke. They have two children together; daughter Beth and son Liam.