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Laura Donnelly (born 20 August 1982[1]) is an actress from Northern Ireland. She made her on-screen debut in 2005 in the Channel 4 drama Sugar Rush, where she featured as a love interest of the female protagonist in two episodes. She is also known for appearing in Casualty, Hex, and as a main character in the Irish film Insatiable (2008). She recently starred in Best: His Mother's Son, a BBC drama on the life of George Best, playing Best's sister, Barbara. She currently stars in Jez Butterworth's new play, The River at the Royal Court Theatre, alongside Dominic West and Miranda Raison.


Donnelly attended Rathmore Grammar School in Belfast, where she grew up.[2] She then moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[3] After graduating in 2004, she had a series of roles in the theatre in Ireland and Scotland before moving to London, where her career in television began.[4]

Personal life

Donnelly was formerly in a relationship with Nathan Connolly, the lead guitarist of the Northern Irish band Snow Patrol.



Year Movie Character
2008 Insatiable Rachel
2009 Right Hand Drive Ashley
Dread Abby
2013 Hello Carter Tara Stephens
The Houdini Girl (Short) Rosa
2014 Goldfrapp: Tales of Us Woman in "Stranger"
Heart of Lightness Ellida
2015 The Program Emma O'Reilly


Year Title Role
2005 Sugar Rush Beth
Casualty Fleur Butler
Hex Maya Robertson
2006 The Bill Jody MacMillan
2007 Rough Diamond Aoife
Be More Ethnic (TV Movie) Leanne O'Dwyer
2009 Best: His Mother's Son (TV Movie) Barbara Best
Occupation Katy Hibbs
2010 Comedy Lab Various
2009-2010 Merlin Freya
2012 Missing Violet Heath
2013 The Fall Sarah Kay
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (TV Mini-Series) Elvina
2014-Present Outlander Jenny Murray


Year Title Role Theater
2008 Romeo and Juliet Juliet[5] Open Air Theatre at Regents Park
2012 The River Other Woman Royal Court Theatre