Eileen Walsh is currently playing the lead role in Medea by Siren Productions, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin (ABSOLUT Fringe, until 25th September). Her theatre work includes Macbeth, Terminus (Abbey Theatre); The Gigli Concert (Druid); Disco Pigs (Corcadorca/Bush/Arts Theatre); Crave (Royal Court), The Drowned World (Traverse Theatre) and Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland). Film and television credits include Eden (Best Actress Award, Tribeca Film Festival), Pure Mule, The Magdalene Sisters, When Brendan Met Trudy, Miss Julie, The Last Bus Home, The Van and 33 x Around the Sun.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Cliff Richard/The Young Ones – Living Doll.
What’s your favourite smell?
Have you ever had a nickname?
What is your favourite room in your house?
The coalhole (under the stairs).
What are your guilty pleasures?
What would people be surprised to know about you?
Who is your closest female friend?
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Birthmark on my arm known as my teatoo (hot tea burn when I was 3).
Where would you most like to live?
In a 70s’ build, flat roof, sunken living room and I’d be happy.
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?
A very nice boy who said he’d like to teach me.
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?
Did you have to work out for the role? (Medea!) Obviously an American.
What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
A Kinder egg that had been tampered with so that when you put the toy jigsaw together it read I Love You.
What is your favourite word?
Who was your first love?
I married him.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?
Apparently a dog groomer was pretty high on my list when I was 10.
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?
I bought several sisters the same book (as a student) and told them pass it on to each other… 100 Years of Solitude …no less!
What happens after we die?
We answer questions.
What female historical figure do you admire most?
Right now I’m smothered in Medea.
Sum yourself up in three words:
And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?
Pro- hunting…only joking.