Dervla Kirwan (born 24 October 1971) is an Irish actress famous for roles in television shows such as Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart.
Kirwan was born in Churchtown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Her father was an insurance broker and her mother was a French and Latin teacher. She got her big acting break in the 1991 production A Time To Dance in which she appeared nude. She also appeared in the play Water Music shown at London's Cockpit Theatre in 1992. Water Music was written by award-winning playwright Lyndon Morgans, currently singer-songwriter and frontman with the Welsh folk noir band Songdog.
Kirwan briefly appeared in EastEnders, and in the first three series of Goodnight Sweetheart alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst before leaving where her role as 'Phoebe Sparrow' was recast to Elizabeth Carling. She also sang with Dustin the Turkey on his cover of Fairytale of New York for his album Faith of Our Feathers.
Kirwan starred in School for Seduction, a 2004 film. She also starred in BBC 1 crime drama series 55 Degrees North which aired in 2004. She returned for a second series in 2005. It is unknown if a third series will be made. The series was shown in the U.S. under the title The Night Detective. In 2007, she worked in BBC drama True Dare Kiss and on stage in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse. She also appeared in a made for TV movie The Greatest Store in the World.
She is now the voice of Marks & Spencer on their food advertisements on British television.
She has also been seen by observers taking part in the filming of the 2008 Christmas Special of Doctor Who, though the nature of her role in the story is currently unknown.
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