Laura Donnelly Biography 

 April 5, 2021

Laura Donnelly is an Irish actress famously known for her roles in The Nevers, Outlander, and the Fall. She is well known and respected in the entertainment industry. She is also a celebrated and accolated theatre artist.

Early life

Laura was born on 20th august 1982 in Belfast, North Ireland. Her father is a general practitioner and her mother was a nurse and counselor although their names have not been shared. She grew up with her five siblings of which three are her sisters Susan, Helen, Kirsten, and two brothers Aiden and Conner. She grew up in Ireland in her hometown Belfast. Laura is currently 38 years old. Laura has not shared much about her education but once in an interview, she shared that she completed her high school education at the Rathmore Grammer school in Belfast. Later to pursue her career in acting, she enrolled in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She successfully graduated in 2004. She hasn’t shared her other qualifications, skills, or expertise.

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Laura Donnelly Career

A year after her graduation, Laura made her on-screen debut in 2005 with the Channel4 drama “Sugar Rush”. She appeared briefly for two episodes and also bagged a few more roles in “Casualty” and “Hex” the same year. In 2008 she got the lead role of Rachel in the Irish movie, “Insatiable”. Her performance in the movie gained her a lot of popularity and fame. Later in 2009, she went on to appear on various TV shows like “Occupation” and “Merlin” for few episodes. The same year, she also starred in a BBC television movie “Best: Mother to son” based on the life of George Best where she played the role of his sister.


She also secured a role in the commercially successful film “Dread”. The movie came to be known as her most acclaimed work. she also appeared in the movie “Right-hand drive” as Ashley. Over the years, she appeared in various TV shows and films like Missing (2012), The Fall (2013) Hello carter (2013), Heart of lightness (2014), and The program (2015) to name a few. She also joined the cast of novel adapted series “Outlander” in 2014 as jenny. Other than these, she also has various theatrical productions under her credits. She performed in plays like “The wasp”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Judgement day” and many more. She also performed in the theatrical production of “The River” alongside Hugh Jackman on Broadway.

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Her most famous theatrical performance was for the portrayal of Caitlin Carney in “The Ferryman”. The play was performed at the Royal courts theatre and Broadway. Her recent appearances have been in the TV show “Britannia” Hella. The show started in 2018 and aired for 6 episodes till 2021. Her most famous performance to date was this year in the TV show “The Nevers” where she came in the lead role of Amalia True.

Laura Donnelly Biography

Real NameLaura Donelly
Birth DateAugust 20, 1982
Age38 Years
Birth PlaceBelfast, United Kingdom
Sun signLeo

Physical Statistics


Heightin feet inches – 5’ 3” – in Centimetres – 163 cm
Weightin Kilograms – 51 kg  –  in Pounds –  113 lbs
Body Measurements36-25-34
Bra Size36B
Waist Size25 Inches
Hips Size34 Inches
Shoe Size6 (U.S.)
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eye ColorHazel
Body TypeSlim


SisterSusan Donnelly, Helen Donnelly, Kirsten Donnelly,
BrotherAidan Donnelly, Connor Donnelly


SchoolRathmore Grammar School
CollegeRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland

Relationship Status


Marital StatusIn Relation
Is she Lesbian?No
Who is her Boyfriend?Jez Butterworth

Favorite Things

TV ShowThe Good Wife
Favorite DestinationLondon, Paris, New York
Favorite ActorHugh Jackman
Favorite ActressJudi Dench, Cate Blanchett
Favorite FoodDirty Martini
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Personal life

Laura is currently married to English play writer and screenwriter Jez Butterworth. The two started dating in 2017 and later got married. They have two children together though their names have not been shared. Earlier in the 1990s, Laura was in a long-time relationship with Nathan Connolly, the lead guitarist in the band Snow Patrol. They dated for fourteen years but broke up in 2014. She currently lives with her husband Jez and her children in London.

Social media

Laura is not very open about her personal life on social media. She has kept her social media presence quite professional. On her Instagram account, she has 12.3k followers where she likes to posts about her roles, promotions, interviews, and updates about her career. Laura is also on Twitter since 2011 but does not have much following. Her followers on Twitter are around 1800. She is a bit more open on her Twitter account compared to Instagram. She does not have a Facebook account.

Laura Donnelly Net worth

Laura has been part of the film and theatre industry since 2005. She has been highly active in her profession taking up several projects in different fields of acting and dramatics. These roles gained her immense popularity and wealth. Through her profession in acting, she has been able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Her estimated net worth as of 2021 is approximately around $4million.

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  • Laura won the Olivier award 2018 for best actress for her portrayal of Caitlin Carney in The Ferryman.
  • She was also nominated for the Tony award in 2019 for Best Leading Actress in a Play for The Ferryman.
  • Laura was pregnant while filming for the ferryman.
  • She appeared on the TV show THE BILL and ROUGH DIAMOND for one episode in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
  • The theatrical play “the river” was written by her husband Jez.

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