• Orla Brady is an Irish actress with a net worth of over $3 million
• She grew up in Wicklow, Ireland and studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris
• Her career began with working for the Baloonatics Theatre Conpany and performing in productions of “Hamlet” and “Finnegans Wake”
• She achieved fame for her work in “Mistresses”, “Family Law”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Hustle”, and “Fringe”
• Orla is married to English photographer Nick Brandt and is active on social media

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SpouseNick Brandt
FactWhen she was 25, moved to Paris where she studied at the L'École Philippe Gaulier, securing a place at Marcel Marceau's École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris.

Who is Orla Brady?

Orla Brady was born on 28 March 1961, in Dublin, Ireland, and is an actress, best known for her work in her country as she has gained several nominations for awards from the Irish Television Academy. She also won a Golden Nymph Best Actress Award for her work in the RTE/BBC co-production of “A Love Divided”.

The Riches of Orla Brady

How rich is Orla Brady? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She has done work in film, on television, and in the theatre, also making her way towards Hollywood projects as her career progressed. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Orla is the second of four children of Catherine and Patrick Brady, and she grew up in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland for her first seven years. She took up her education at the Loreto Convent, which is a part of the Loreto Sisters, a Roman Catholic congregation of women founded by Mary Ward during the 1600s.

Orla Brady

When she was 25 years old, she move to Paris and studied at the “Ecole Philippe Gaulier” a prestigious theatre school in the city, named after a professor of theatre responsible for developing the comic genre known as clown or bouffon, with many believing that he is the world authority on the bouffon, an inverted clown which is a mix of grotesqueness and charm. After completing her education, she secured a place for herself on stage, beginning with working for the Baloonatics Theatre Conpany. She toured with the company, performing in productions of “Hamlet” and “Finnegans Wake”, kick-starting her career as a professional actress.

Rise to Fame

Her theatrical work continued over the next few years, as she performed in her home country in productions such as “Three Sisters”, while also going to London to perform in “Philadelphia, Here I Come”. She developed a career based on both Irish and British theatre, before eventually reaching more on-screen roles. She won an award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for her work in “A Love Divided”, and was then cast as one of the main characters of the series “Mistresses”. Other projects she had during this period include “Words Upon the Window Pane”, How About You”, and “The Luhzin Defence”.

She then moved to California to try her hand at a career in Hollywood, with one of her first appearances being in “Family Law” in which she played the character Naoise O’Niell for three years. She followed with the role of Dr. Jordan in the series “Nip/Tuck” which follows the lives of plastic surgeons in the U, and was also cast in the show “Shark”, in which she played the ex-wife of the titular character played by James Woods. In the British series “Hustle”, she played the character Meredith Gates who is a fleecing art collector.

Latter Career

In 2009, Orla was cast in the Fox television series entitled “Fringe”, in which she played the wife of Walter Bishop named Elizabeth. The show ran for a total of five seasons and 100 episodes, following members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She was then cast in the ITV series entitled “Eternal Law”, playing the angel Mrs Sheringham who became mortal after falling in love with a human. Other projects she had during this period included “The Deep”, “Sinbad”, and “The Labours of Hercules”.

In 2013, she starred in the Christmas special of “Doctor Who”, entitled “The Time of the Doctor”, playing the character Tasha Lem; it’s the ninth “Doctor Who” Christmas special and the final regular appearance of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, also introducing the Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. One of her latest projects was a main role in the AMC series entitled “Into the Badlands” as the character Lydia. The show ran for three seasons, and is about a warrior and a young boy who journeys through a dangerous feudal land hoping to seek enlightenment. She has not yet taken any new projects after the end of the show.

Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, it is known that Brady started a relationship with English photographer Nick Brandt after she moved to Los Angeles in 2001. He is best known for his work which is often related to themes about the disappearing natural world due to destruction caused by mankind. After a year together, the two married in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills which is known for its 100 kilometre volcanic field. She currently resides with her husband in southern California.

According to her, she was a bit overweight when she was younger, which is why she is more comfortable with roles that have her clothes on as opposed to showing her body. She mentions that she enjoys fashion, though thinks of her approach to clothes more as costumes.

Similar to numerous actresses, she is highly active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Twitter on which she has over 6,000 followers. She was last active on the website following the US team’s victory at the Women’s World Cup of soccer. She also previously had an Instagram account, but it is no longer available, meaning that it may have been deactivated recently.

General Info

Full NameOrla Brady
Height1.68 m


SpouseNick Brandt
ParentsPatrick Brady, Catherine Brady


MoviesThe Price Of Desire, Wayland's Song, The Debt, How About You, 32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, A Love Divided, Wuthering Heights, Fogbound, 60 Minute Man
TV ShowsInto the Badlands, Strike Back, Eternal Law, The Deep, Proof, Family Law, Servants, Empire, Noah's Ark, Mistresses, Jo, Sinbad, Out of the Blue, Out of the Blue (UK), Lawless

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1Is the second of four children born to Patrick and his wife Catherine.
2Educated at a Loreto Convent in Wicklow and an Ursuline Convent in Dublin.
3When she was 25, moved to Paris where she studied at the L'École Philippe Gaulier, securing a place at Marcel Marceau's École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris.
4Lived in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, from birth until the age of seven.
5In 2001 moved to Los Angeles where she met English photographer, Nick Brandt, whom she married in December 2002 in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya.




Into the Badlands2015-2017TV SeriesLydia
American Odyssey2015TV SeriesSofia Tsaldari / Sophia Tsaldari
Banished2015TV SeriesAnne Meredith
The Price of Desire2015Eileen Gray
Doctor Who2013TV SeriesTasha Lem
Agatha Christie's Poirot2013TV SeriesCountess Rossakoff
Wayland's Song2013Grace
Jo2013TV SeriesDormont
Eternal Law2012TV SeriesMrs. Sheringham
Fringe2010-2012TV SeriesAlternate Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop
Sinbad2012TV SeriesTaryn
The Deep2010TV Mini-SeriesCatherine / Catherine Donnelly
Mistresses2008-2010TV SeriesSiobhan Dhillon Siobhan Dillon Siobhan
Strike Back2010TV SeriesKatie Dartmouth
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings2009Video GameMaggie O'Malley (voice)
Wallander2008TV SeriesElla Lindfeldt
Shark2007-2008TV SeriesClaire Stark
Protect and Serve2007TV MovieDr. Lorna Herrera
How About You...2007Kate Harris
32A2007Jean Brennan
Last Night2006/IIShortLucy
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise2006TV MovieLilly Summers
Sixty Minute Man2006TV MovieKate Henderson
World of Trouble2005TV MovieJoan Denny
Empire2005TV Mini-SeriesAtia
Revelations2005TV Mini-SeriesNora Webber
Proof2004-2005TV SeriesMaureen Boland
Lawless2004TV MovieLiz Bird
Nip/Tuck2004TV SeriesDr. Monica Jordan
Hustle2004TV SeriesMeredith Gates
The Debt2003TV MovieAngela Jahnsen
Servants2003TV Mini-SeriesFlora Ryan
Family Law2000-2002TV SeriesNaoise O'Neill
Silent Grace2001Eileen
The Luzhin Defence2000Aunt Anna
Pure Wickedness1999TV SeriesJenny Meadows
A Love Divided1999Sheila Kelly Cloney
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns1999TV Mini-SeriesKathleen Fitzpatrick
Wuthering Heights1998TV MovieCathy
Noah's Ark1997-1998TV SeriesClare Somers
The Heart Surgeon1997TV MovieMarcella Duggan
The Vicar of Dibley1996TV SeriesAoife
Pie in the Sky1996TV SeriesKit Kelly de Goris
Casualty1995TV SeriesWendy
New Voices1995TV SeriesRuby
Dangerfield1995TV SeriesDiane Foster
Words Upon the Window Pane1994Vanessa
The Rector's Wife1994TV Mini-SeriesSister Josephine
Absolutely Fabulous1994TV SeriesNurse Mary
The Bill1994TV SeriesAmy
Minder1993TV SeriesBank Teller
So You Think You've Got Troubles1991TV Series


4th Irish Film and Television Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
3rd Irish Film and Television Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Award Presenter
The 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Award Nominee
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

2016IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Lead Role - FilmThe Price of Desire (2015)
2013IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress TVSinbad (2012)
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionFringe (2008)
2011IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Lead Role in Film/TelevisionMistresses (2008)
2009IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in TelevisionMistresses (2008)
2004IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a TV DramaProof (2004)
2004IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a TV DramaServants (2003)
1999IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Female RoleA Love Divided (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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