Dervla Kirwan Biography

Dervla Kirwan

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Birth Name: Dervla Kirwan
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Birth Country: Ireland
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Age:   46 Years
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Dervla Kirwan born on October 24, 1971 is an Irish Television actress. The beautiful actress is best known for the British TV shows Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart. She was born in Churchtown, Dublin where she attended Loreto Beaufort, which is a Catholic school. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll, sister of Michael Collins who was a leader playing leading role during Irish War of Independence. She is the youngest of three siblings.

Kirwan started her career at the early age featuring in the BBC drama Troubles in 1988. She first appeared on the Television in 1991 playing in the role of Bernadette in A time to dance which was a BBC Scotland production. Then onwards her prolific career continued with back to back TV shows and dramas. In 1997, she appeared in the first three series of Goodnight Sweetheart. She also starred in the BBC series Heart and Bones as Emma Rose. The series continued for two seasons. She started her career in the Movie School of Seduction in 2004 and later appeared in the Irish movie Ondine released in 2009. She was highly praised for the character in the movie Luna completed in 2013. The movie took more than 6 years to be completed and later got awarded the best British Film. 

The stunning actress was first engaged with her co-star in Ballykissangel Stephen Tompkinson in 1998 but the relationship didn't last long. She was then married to actor Rupert Penry-Jones in 2007 after being in relationship for more than 6 years. The couple shares two children together, Florence and Peter. She looks more than happy with her husband and there are no signs of separation or divorce soon. The family life of the beautiful actress looks great. After indulging herself in so many roles, sometimes leading and sometimes just featuring or performing she has managed to assemble huge net worth but the actual amount is yet to be discovered which most of her fans are looking forward to. 

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Born in Dublin, Ireland

1971 24th of October

She was born on October 24, 1971 to Peter Kirwan worked in Insurance and Maureen O'Driscoll who was a teacher in Chruchtown. She attended Loreto Beaufort and Sandymount High School. She has two older sisters. 


Appeared in the drama Troubles


At the early age of 17, she was selected for a role in BBC drama Troubles in 1988 which turned out to be the platform for exposing her acting skills. She later on went to perform on Wexford Trilogy running almost a month at Bush Theatre.


Appeared in drama series Ballykissangel


She appeared in the drama series Ballykissangel in the role of Assumta Fitzgerald who is the landlady in the series. Her role became popular among the fans and she went on to win Best Irish Entertainer a year later.


Awarded Best Actress and best Irish Entertainer


WIth a role of Fitzgerald in the drama series Ballykissangel, she not only managed to win millions of heart but did managed to win honor of Best actress as well as Best Irish Entertainment of the year 1996.


Started dating actor Rupert Penry-Jones


After the breakup with Stephen Tomkinson who was co-star of the series Ballykissangel,  she finally dared to be in relationship with an actor Rupert Penry-Jones. The couple went on to engage couple of years later.


Gave birth to son Peter

2006 8th of April

The actress gave birth to her second child Peter in 2006. The father of the child was her fiance Rupert Penry-Jones. The couple already had their first child who was a daughter Florence couple of years back.


Married to Rupert Penry-Jones


She decided to tie the knut after sharing two children, Florence and Peter together. The couple was engaged 3 years earlier in 2004. It is beleived that Dervla took lot of time to decide because of her previous relation failure and feared of another disappointment.


Starred in the movie Luna


Dervla starred in the fantasy film Luna which took almost 6 and half years of completion because of budget setbacks and finally completed in 2013. She was highly praised for her role in the movie and the movie later on went to win Best British Film.

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