Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly Biography

Laura Donnelly (born 20 August 1982) 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 also starred in Best: His Mother's Son, a BBC drama on the life of George Best, playing Best's sister, Barbara. She starred in Jez Butterworth's new play, The River at the Royal Court Theatre, alongside Dominic West and Miranda Raison. She reprised her role in the Broadway production alongside Hugh Jackman.


Donnelly attended Rathmore Grammar School in Belfast, where she grew up. She then moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 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.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Dread Abby
Right Hand Drive Ashley
Best: His Mother's Son Barbara Best TV film
2014 Heart of Lightness Ellida
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Sugar Rush Beth Episode: "Episode 1.8
Episode: "Episode 1.9
Casualty Fleur Butler 7 episodes
Hex Maya Robertson 4 episodes
2006 The Bill Jody Macmillan 1 episode
2007 Rough Diamond Aoife 1 episode
2009 Occupation Katy Hibbs 2 episodes
Merlin Freya Episode: "The Lady of the Lake
Episode: "The Coming of Arthur: Part 2
2012 Missing Violet Heath
2013 The Fall Sarah Kay
2014"?present Outlander Janet Fraser Murray (Jenny)
2016 Beowulf Elvina TV series


  • Romeo and Juliet, Open Air Theatre at Regents Park, June 2008 to August 2008 (playing Juliet)
  • The River, Royal Court Theatre, October - November 2012
  • The River, Circle in the Square, October 2014 - February 2015
  • The Ferryman, Royal Court Theatre, April - May 2017
  • The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre, June 2017- October 2017

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