Bronagh Gallagher

Bronagh Gallgher
Born (1972-04-26) 26 April 1972
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Singer and actress
Years active 1989–present
Known for

Bronagh Gallagher (born 26 April 1972) is an Irish singer and actress. Gallagher had her first acting role in the 1989 television movie, Dear Sarah.

Early life

Branagh was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. During her teenage years, she got involved in drama and music activities through school and joined a local amateur dramatics group called the Oakgrove Theatre Company. At one time she was a backing singer in a local band called The Listener.


Her big break came when she starred as Bernie in The Commitments (1991). A former hairdresser[1] Bronagh followed up with parts in Pulp Fiction and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Gallagher's other appearances include the films Thunderpants, You, Me & Marley, Divorcing Jack, Tristan & Isolde, Last Chance Harvey, Sherlock Holmes and Grabbers, and on stage in a Théâtre de Complicité touring production of The Street of Crocodiles and The National Theatre's production War Horse as Rose Narracott.

Gallagher's first album Precious Soul was released in 2004 on the Salty Dog Records label and was produced by John Reynolds. The album features collaborations with Brian Eno on the songs "He Don't Love You" and "Hooks". Gallagher wrote most of the music on the album, played the drums and sang lead vocals.

In 2009, Gallagher starred alongside a well-known cast on the MySpace/Vertigo Films production Faintheart and starred in the BBC Three comedy TV series Pramface in 2012.[2]

Gallagher played the mother of young Nick in the BBC drama Nick Nickleby. She also played Trisha Meehan in The Field of Blood; and the criminal maid Ada Mason in Agatha Christie: Poirot Series 2: "The Mystery of the Blue Train."

An image of Gallagher, in character as Bernie McGloughlin in the film The Commitments, was featured on an Irish postage stamp as part of the Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary series issued by An Post.[3] The image includes her The Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball as Imelda Quirke, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Natalie Murphy and Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte.[3]


  1. "Whatever Happened to the Commitments", The Telegraph
  2. "Myspace, Screen West Midlands and Vertigo Films Announce Innovative Plans To Release Faintheart, The Re-enactment Themed Film Filmed On Location In Ludlow, Shropshire". Ludlow & South Shropshire Tourist Information. South Shropshire Tourism Association. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  3. 1 2 "Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary". Emerald Isle Gifts, original stamps from An Post. 1996-10-17. Retrieved 2014-11-19.

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