Who is Orla Brady?

Born on 28 March 1961, in Dublin, Ireland, under the sun sign of Aries, Orla Brady is a 58-year-old Irish actress and former model. One of the most famous Irish entertainers, Orla studied acting in the prestigious Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France, and her career includes roles in film and television, with sporadic appearances in theater productions. She is most famous for her role of Tasha Lem in “Doctor Who”, as well as playing Elizabeth Bishop in “Fringe”, a hit science fiction drama that was produced by JJ Abrams, the man behind movies like “Armageddon”, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and “Star Trek”. So Orla is known as a versatile actress, hence the large number of acting credits to her name.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Dublin

Orla was born into the Irish family of Catherine and Patrick Brady, the second of four children; the family quickly relocated to Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. Since she was a child, Orla was charismatic and destined for a career in entertainment. She got her education at the Loreto Convent in Wicklow, with additional specialization at the Ursuline Convent in Dublin  convents are seen as the Irish equivalent to American high schools, but with far wider religious implications. After completing her secondary education, Orla wasn’t sure what she was going to do, being at a crossroads with several ideas about shaping her future. Eventually, she decided to have a try at her first preference – modeling.

Career Beginnings: Modeling, Specialization in Paris and Theater

At the age of 20, Orla permanently relocated to London – she was always thought of as attractive, so she wanted to see what she could accomplish in the modeling world. Throughout the 1980s she had moderate success, working for some relatively big brands and appearing in commercials. However, at the age of 25, Orla felt that she could excel at acting. With the support of her parents and friends, she applied to study at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, a prestigious art school in Paris, France; she was accepted and given the opportunity to study at École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris, under the guidance of Marcel Marceau. While she initially struggled to learn French, Orla quickly became fluent, which allowed her to appear in several plays in France, which was excellent preparation for what was about to come.

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Making a Name for Herself: Balloonatics Theater Company and More

After returning from Paris, she decided that she wanted to stay in London seek opportunities. The official beginning of Orla’s acting career can be traced to her time with the Balloonatics Theater Company, a troupe renowned for bringing classic English and Irish works of literature to life on stage. She toured various productions of “Finnegans Wake” and “Hamlet”, then after a short period in London, she relocated to Dublin yet again, where she would play important roles in “House of Bernarda Alba” and “Three Sisters”, both of which were regularly shown at the Gate Theater. She then returned to London, where she would play Kate in “Philadelphia, Here I Come!”, by Brian Friel, before focusing more on television and film.

1993-2002: Various Works

In 1993, Orla assumed a minor role in “Minder”, a hit British TV comedy/drama that depicts the stories of some of London’s most notorious criminals. The next year she had two roles, in “Words Upon the Window Pane”, an Irish film based upon a play by William Butler Yeats, and in “The Bill”, a cult British police drama. Afterwards, she appeared in “Absolutely Fabulous”, “Dangerfield” and “Casualty”. All of these roles were minor, but brought her the attention she needed to distinguish herself as a prominent television actress. On “Out of the Blue”, she played Rebecca Bennett for 12 episodes, which was first lead role in a TV show. Subsequently, she also took the lead roles in “Noah’s Ark” and “Pure Wickedness”. For her role as Sheila Cloney in the movie “A Love Divided”, she won the 1999 Golden Nymph Best Actress Award. 2001 saw her undertake one of her most prominent roles, as Naoise O’Neill on “Family Law”, for 43 episodes.

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2002-2010: Mistresses, Proof and More

The 2000s saw Orla implement an interesting mix of minor and major roles in various TV programs, with almost no movies in this period. She appeared in two hit shows during this time, firstly in “Mistresses”, a British show depicting the lives of four female friends and their love affairs, as well as the repercussions of their decisions; This is widely regarded as one of Orla’s best roles, in which she showcased her versatility and displayed the full extent of her talent. Before and after this role, Orla cheated in other shows and movies, which prompted this famous quote: ‘Mum asks why I am so often cast in adulterous roles. I think it must be because I am fairly flirty.’ The same decade, she appeared in “Proof”, another critically acclaimed Irish TV show, in the role of an investigative journalist, who inadvertently enters the world of crime. 2009 was the year she appeared in “Fringe”, much to the joy of sci-fi fans around the world.

Recent Years

In the last few years, we saw Orla take on the role of Tasha Lem in “Doctor Who”, which resulted in her becoming more famous than ever before. She also appeared in shows like “Jo”, “Eternal Law” and “Banished”. Other than Tasha Lem, she also played Lydia in “Into the Badlands”, which became one of the most significant roles in her career, to date.

Personal Life: Who is Orla Brady’s Husband, Nick Brandt?

Orla dated quite a lot during the 1980s and 1990s, which apparently didn’t fulfill her at all. She decided to take a break from men, until she met Nick Brandt, a famous natural photographer who uses his work to educate people about pollution, climate change and other significant ecological problems. The two met in 2001, hit it off immediately, and married in December 2002 in a beautiful ceremony in the Chyulu Hills in Kenya, right beside Mount Kilimanjaro. Both Nick and Orla are big safari fans and try to go to Africa at least once a year. Currently, they reside in the hills of Southern California.

What is Orla Brady’s Net Worth?

According to several credible sources, Orla Brady has a net worth of approximately $3 million, accumulated over the course of her almost 30-year career. She is known for her incessant will to improve and find better opportunities. Given the fact that she’s still going strong, we might see this number rise in the foreseeable future.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Orla Brady?

Orla Brady is 5ft 7in (170cm) tall. Her other measurements are currently unknown.


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