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.
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.
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.
— Orla Brady (@orla_brady) August 26, 2018
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.