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Irish-born Sinéad Cusack made her feature film debut in Clive Donner's Alfred the Great, starring David Hemmings, and followed it with the starring role alongside Peter Sellers in Alvin Rakoff's Hoffman.
She began her acting career at the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin. She subsequently made a name for herself on the London stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Katerina in The Taming of the Shrew; and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. She later starred on Broadway as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, and Cyrano de Bergerac, both of which were also RSC stagings.
In 1990, Ms. Cusack starred on London's West End in an acclaimed revival of Chekhov's Three Sisters, with her father, noted actor Cyril Cusack, as well as her sisters Sorcha and Niamh. In 1998, she won Best Actress awards from both The Evening Standard and the London Critics Circle for her role in Our Lady of Sligo, which she later starred in off-Broadway. More recently, she has starred in the RSC's Antony and Cleopatra; A Lie of the Mind; The Mercy Seat; and Tom Stoppard's award-winning play, Rock'n'Roll, which earned her an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination. She will again star in the show, this time on Broadway, in the fall of 2007.
Her other films include Stephen Gyllenhaal's Waterland and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, both with her husband Jeremy Irons; Marty Feldman's The Last Remake of Beau Geste; Daniel Petrie's Rocket Gibraltar; Les Blair's Bad Behaviour; Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden;James McTeigue's V for Vendetta; and John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail, forwhich she was an Irish Film and Television (IFTA) Award nominee.
Ms. Cusack's many U.K. television credits include Paul Seed's miniseries Have Your Cake and Eat It, for which won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress.