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Charlene McKenna stars in "Ripper Street" on BBC America as Rose Erskine.

Originally from Monaghan and now based in London, Charlene McKenna's theater appearances include Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," "A Slice of Saturday Night," "The Little Shop of Horrors" and "Dancing at Lughnasa" (Garage Theatre, Monaghan). Charlene appeared as Caroline, sister to Patrick "Kitten" Brady, played by Cillian Murphy, in "Breakfast on Pluto" and went on to appear in the leading role of Jennifer in "Pure Mule,"
Charlene McKenna
Charlene McKenna
Charlene McKenna - © Barry McCall
the hit TV miniseries written by Eugene O'Brien for RTE2/Accomplice Television. In theater, Charlene appeared as Girleen Kelleher in "Lonesome West," directed by Mikel Murfi, for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and on national tour. She also appeared in "The Eleventh Capital," directed by Natalie Abrahami at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London (Feb '07).

Her film credits include John Boorman's "A Tiger's Tail," Brian Kirk's "Middletown" and Niall Heery's "Small Engine Repair" (Subotica Films). Charlene played Kirsty opposite Eddie Izzard, in the TV miniseries "Kitchen" for Ecosse Films/Channel 5, directed by Kieron J. Walsh in 2006. Charlene also appeared in the award-winning TV miniseries "Prosperity" (Element/RTE), directed by Lenny Abrahamson, in 2007 and as Mary in the feature film "Dorothy Mills" (aka "Dorothy"), directed by Agnes Merlet (Weinstein Company, which appeared at Cannes in 2008). She appeared as the Marchioness in "The Old Curiosity Shop," directed by Brian Percival, for ITV. Charlene appeared in the leading role of Sarah in "Danger High Voltage!" a short film directed by Luke McManus that won Best Short at the Galway Film Fleadh and was part of the official selection at the Cork and Cannes Film Festivals in 2008.

Charlene appeared in the leading role of Karen in "Whistleblower" a two-part drama for RTE 1 produced by Saffron Pictures, directed by Dermot Boyd, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress (Television) Award in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 and for which she was awarded the Golden Nymph for Best Actress at the 49th Monte Carlo Television Awards in 2009.



Charlene was seen in the leading role of JoJo Harte in the TV series "Raw," directed by Kieron J. Walsh, for Ecosse TV for RTE2 (Season 1), for which she won the Best Actress (Television) Award in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2009. She appeared as JoJo the second series of "Raw" on RTE1 for which she was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award in 2010 and again in 2011. She appeared as Jojo again in season 3 of "Raw" on RTE1 to record viewing figures in 2011. She also appeared in the fourth series.

Charlene played a leading role in Brian Percival's independent feature "A Boy Called Dad" and appeared on "The Fixer" for ITV which aired in late 2009. Charlene re-appeared on Irish television in the critically acclaimed sequel to "Pure Mule" as her much loved leading character Jennifer in "Pure Mule, The Last Weekend" on RTE1 in Autumn 2009 for which she was nominated for a IFTA for Best Actress in 2009. She also appeared in the leading role of Eilish in "Single Handed, Stolen Child," directed by Antony Byrne, for Touchpaper Films/RTE which aired on ITV 1 to almost 4 million viewers in the U.K. in August 2009. In the UK Charlene appeared as a guest lead opposite Aidan Turner in the second season of the hit series "Being Human" on BBC3 and on" Law & Order UK" (ITV) as guest lead Rebecca Anderson in 2010.

Most recently Charlene appeared in the second episode of "Sirens" for Channel 4 and in the leading role in the feature film "Jump," which was featured at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012 and directed by Kieron J. Walsh on location in Belfast. Charlene recently appeared in the guest lead role of Lamia in series four of "Merlin" (BBC) and in the guest lead of Shannon in season 3 of the BAFTA award-winning series "Misfits" (C4).



CHARLENE MCKENNA: FACTS

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Height: 5' 2"
Birthplace: Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
Current Residence: London, England, UK





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