Dr Kate Rowan
About the character
About the actor
Born in Dublin, Ireland, on 20 October 1959, Niamh Cusack comes from an acting family. She is the daughter of Cyril Cusack, and sisters Sinead, Sorcha and Catherine are all actors as well. Her first name is pronounced Neeve.
Niamh trained to be a flautist, and worked as one for a while when married to Roland Saggs the cellist (they divorced later). After signing up for a Saturday drama class, she decided that it was acting and not music that she wanted to do, and spent one year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She has mostly worked on stage, with Heartbeat her main TV role. She takes her acting very seriously, and researches characters thoroughly. Hilary Bonner reports that she spent time with 1960s GPs to study for her role as Kate.
Between seasons, Niamh returned to stage acting, including some time with the Royal Shakespeare Company. (see picture)
Niamh left Heartbeat after she fell pregnant (yes it was a real bump).
In early 1997, she was appearing at the Barbican Theatre in London as Rosalind in "As You Like It". (Thanks to Lesley for this info!)
Sonia tells me that she also played Beatrix Potter in a children's show. The show starts with her writing the story then goes into animation. It's very sweet
Marie advises: Niamh Cusack was Juliet opposite Sean Bean in 1986-87 and if you'd like a couple of lovely pictures of her looking very young, try The Compleat Sean Bean. Follow STAGE PERFORMANCES to Romeo and Juliet, then to 'PROGRAM'.
The six-part 1999 series, Always and Everyone (also
known as St Saviour's), stars Martin Shaw and Niamh Cusack. Niamh
plays an emergency room doctor - a far cry from Kate Rowan!
The Robson Green/Niamh Cusack show Rhinoceros is featured on the Meridian TV website. It looks like it was made by Anglia.
Niamh has also appeared in The Closer You Get (2000), in the 1998 mini TV series Colour Blind based on the novel by Catherine Cookson, and in Cause of Death (TV, 1997).
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