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1883 introduces you to Irish actress Ruth Kearney, who is taking the industry by storm! Kearney who hails from Dublin, and now currently resides in London, began her training at the Trinity College. Kearney then went onto subsequently continuing her theatrical training at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic. She had her first break within the industry in 2007, landing the role of Jess Parker in hit ITV series Primeval.

Following this success, Kearney starred in a wide variety of shows including American TV series The Following, created by Kevin Williamson, which tells the story of serial killer Joe Carroll who escapes from death row.  More recently Kearney played a young and alluring waitress who captures the attention of Chip (Will Arnett) and Dennis (David Sullivan) in Netflix’s Flaked. Kearney’s latest project Get Shorty, an adaptation of the 1990’s American Crime - Comedy novel written by Elmore Leonard, aired on Epix in August. We catch up with Kearney about her latest endeavours within the industry and what motivates /inspires her as a young actress within the ever-changing film industry of today. 

How did you begin your career as an actor?

I grew up in London but at  the age of five my parents relocated to Dublin where I subsequently attended Trinity College. Whilst at Trinity I studied classics and drama, I then went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I began my career in the theatre but later moved on to work in television and I am really enjoying the process of working within the television industry.  After graduation,  I had my first break landing the part of ’Jess Parker’ on ITV’S science fiction drama Primeval. Most recently I reappeared on Netflix’s Flaked. I am a huge fan of Netflix, its great how the public have the accessibility to so many shows and can decide the pacing of how they watch shows, whether it’s at their leisure or all at the same time!

How do you stay motivated in such a tough industry?

I try to appreciate every moment in my career, even the difficult times because ultimately, you learn the most from these experiences. I am always learning how and trying to keep myself motivated, when I am not working I like to practice my craft as much as possible by attending classes or industry events. When your not working, by keeping within the industry as much as possible you are trying to maintain some kind of control, in good times or bad. It’s also important to have a passion for something outside of the industry; I love writing and cooking and these interests help to keep the creative juices flowing.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have a part in the new Epix comedy-crime series, Get Shorty. My character is called Becca Morgan, the show follows a former mobster, Miles Daly played Chris O’ Dowd, who dreams of being a Hollywood movie producer. I’m very excited to be part of such an amazing series.

Which actor’s currently inspire you?

I think Elizabeth Moss is incredible, she is a stage and television actress known for her roles in Mad Men and most recently she starred in, The Handmaid’s Tale which was a fantastic production. Moss inspires me because I feel like the character’s she plays challenge the stereotype of actress’s within this industry and she breaks the mould. I also enjoy the fact that she is a very private person; within the entertainment industry, so many celebrities personal lives are exposed, so its refreshing to see that she balances a healthy acting career and a private personal life. 

Where do you see your career heading in the future?

I obviously want to achieve as much as I can, and I want to continue working and taking on projects that I enjoy and challenge me. 

Tell us something unusual about yourself?

I love the smell of petrol!


We can put that she is currently starring in Get Shorty and the second season of Flaked is on Netflix.

Interview by Georgia Verity

Photography Joupin Ghamsari

Styling Priscila Baker

Location Bobby Fitzpatrick


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