Elaine Cassidy

Elaine Cassidy


12/31/1979, Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland

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Elaine Lord
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Award-winning actress Elaine Cassidy, popular for her roles as Felicia in Felicia's Journey (1999) and as Abby Mills on Harper's Island, was born during the waning hours of 1979 in Wicklow, Ireland. At a very young age, she was fond of "playing dress up and stuff and working…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She has been splitting her time between working in Los Angeles, Dublin, Manchester, and London. (September 2009)

    • While she was pregnant with her first child, Elaine posed for the August/September 2009 issue cover of Fit Pregnancy magazine. On September 16, Elaine gave birth to daughter Kíla (pronounced "Key-la") Lord Cassidy in London.

    • Elaine can speak German, Spanish, English, and Irish.

    • When she finds the time, Elaine loves to cook.

    • In 2001, she was named by European Film Promotion as one of European films' Shooting Stars. She was also honored as Ireland's Best Actress in 2003 for the film Disco Pigs.

    • As they await the birth of their first child, Elaine and her husband have been watching Supernanny and have picked up some parenting techniques from the show. (July 2009)

    • After 24 years together, Elaine's parents, Dermot, a civil servant, and Phyllis, a hairdresser, separated when she was 15. She has two older sisters, Gillian, a stained-glass and furniture designer, and Edelle, who owns a bridal shop.

    • Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
      Little White Lie (2008) (TV) as Annie Mulcahy
      A Room with a View (2007) (TV) as Lucy Honeychurch
      Watermelon (2003) (TV) as Anna Ryan
      The Lost World (2001) (TV) as Agnes Cluny

    • Awards and Nominations:
      2000 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Genie Awards, Felicia's Journey
      2000 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), Golden Satellite Awards, Felicia's Journey
      2002 (N) - Best Actress, British Independent Film Awards, Disco Pigs
      2003 (W) - Best Actress in a Feature Film, Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA), Disco Pigs
      2005 (N) - Best Actress in Television, IFTA, Fingersmith
      2008 (N) - Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film, IFTA, And When Did You Last See Your Father?
      2009 (N) - Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television, IFTA, Little White Lie

    • In Coldplay's music video for "The Scientist", Elaine played the Chris Martin's girlfriend who was killed in a car crash.

    • Elaine is 5' 2" (1.57 m) tall.

    • After she was cast in The Others and while waiting for its filming, Elaine worked as an office receptionist for a month.

    • In 2002, Cassidy made her theatrical debut as a member of the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh.

    • Her favorite clothes outlet to shop in is Moschino. The work of art she is most fond of is anything done by fellow Irish Rasher. Elaine's favorite building is the Guggenheim museum (Bilbao, Spain), which she finds "very hypnotic and beautiful".

    • She married actor Stephen Lord on December 31, 2007, which was also her 28th birthday. They worked together in the comedy The Truth in 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Elaine: (on acting) I know what I'm capable of and it's great when you're given the opportunity to keep broadening your skills and explore different mindsets. You only do this job if you love it.

    • Elaine: In the theatre, you're just a vessel to get the writer's words out of your mouth. I've never done a bad play, and I never plan on doing one, but of all the plays I've done, if it's good writing, you are going to have to just feel it and let the writing do the work.

    • Elaine: When I was younger, like 10 years old, I was freaked out by the idea of having a child. It was strange, when I didn't need to bother thinking about that. But, it seemed like what people expected you to do, and I thought, 'No, I don't want that responsibility.'

    • Elaine: (on her cravings during her pregnancy) I seem to want foods from my childhood: fresh orange juice - and it has to be fresh - eggs, cheese, yogurt. And Irish breakfast, including the black and white pudding part - that's a kind of blood pudding.

    • Elaine: (on her biggest regret) Nothing. I don't do regrets.

    • Elaine: My uncle was in an amateur play in this village hall and there were these people onstage, but I was wandering around and suddenly I flicked the switch on that turned the lights on in the auditorium Everyone looked at me! I have a feeling that I must have subconsciously worked out somehow that the attention had shifted from the stage onto me.

    • Elaine: (on trying out acting on stage) I thought it was quite nice to try something quite different, where your whole body is acting. In film, it is predominantly your face.

    • Elaine: Technically, the most I've learnt ever is on this job. And even if I had gone to college, it's still very difficult. You could learn the technical side of things at college, but when it comes to working with the director, each job is completely different, so it's like you're doing it for the first time.

    • Elaine: (on her mean, manipulative character in "Fingersmith") I would not want to hang around with Maud -- she's an evil, twisted little... I couldn't wait to get rid of her. I love her but I can't bloody stand her!

    • Elaine: I'm no good at being idle. There's always something to be done.

    • Elaine: (on her next projects now that she's pregnant; in a July 2009 interview) For me the role of a lifetime for a lifetime. I'm in pre-production and post-production starts soon. [Laughs] I'm really eager to work, but no one wants to employ a beached whale, so I'll have to wait.