Caoilfhionn McDonnell


  • Playing Age: 45 -55
  • Height: 5ft7in
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eyes: Blue
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Caoilfhionn is delighted to have recently won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ina in Donncha Gilmore’s psychological horror ‘The Inheritance’, at the 14th Underground Cinema Awards.  She is currently in post-production for a short film ‘Eclipsed’ by director Brendan Farrell and is eagerly anticipating the filming of ‘Will of Fortune’ written and directed by John Sweeney.

A lifetime desire to play Queen Gertrude was fulfilled in 2019 with the Mill Theatre’s production of ‘Hamlet’. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Dublin Short Film and Music Festival in 2023 again for her role as Ina in ‘The Inheritance’ and for Best Performance in a Supporting Role 2019 as Agnes in ‘The Banshee’ at the VHS (Vancouver Horror Show).

Her recent theatre work includes ‘Sit Down Next to Me’, new writing by Donal Hayes. A variety of roles in a series of Harold Pinter’s Shorts, ‘Pint-size Pinter’, which headlined in the Kinsale Arts Festival. Other theatre credits include Brian Friel’s,  ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, for the role of  Kate. Caoilfhionn also played the lead  in a new play development ‘Beneath our Feet’, written by Thomas Conway (Dramaturg, Druid Theatre) and directed by Fiona McGeown (Painted Bird Productions). Other theatre credits include ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ (Thinking Image), ‘The Old Fruitmarket’ (Corcadorca), ‘Seven Jewish Children’ (Granary Theatre) and ‘Lady Windemere’s Fan (Rampart Players).

Recent film work includes the role of senior Executive in ‘Double Blind’ a feature film directed by Ian Hunt-Duffy. As Agnes, in Donncha Gilmore’s production of ‘The Banshee’, which debuted in May 2019 at the Paris Short Film Festival, it won Best Horror Short. David Jackson’s feature film ‘Christmas Perfection’ saw Caoilfhionn in the role of Elsie. This co-production between MK1 Productions and Mar Vista Entertainment was aired worldwide. Other credits include ‘Petticoats’ (Offline Film Festival), ‘Art of Love’ (Feature-Metropolitan Films), ‘Penitent’ (Red Sandstone),  ‘Ronanism’ (Storyland, RTE Comedy), and  ‘The Cherry Tree’ (Feature-Fantastic Films).

Caoilfhionn is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting and the Irish Film Academy.

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