Claire savours getting into the weeds, building her character, taking words on a page and fleshing them out into living, breathing beings. It was mesmerising to see her realise a leading role of Louise O’Neill in my feature film, Crosshair.
Claire is somebody who elevates your material with her performance and keen attention to scene and character detail. She has a natural intuition as a performer that doesn’t just make your job as creator all the easier but helps further realise the very best version of your creative vision across
Four year old me wanted to be an archaeologist. So, after getting a degree from UCC in Archaeology, 22 year old me decided against that. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I became an actor. While I was working full time I trained at night in Cork and at Bow St. in Dublin.
Now, I continue to train with the incredible practitioner Tom Kibbe.
I love my job. I get to play make believe, like a giant child. Four year old me is delighted. Anything is possible when we commit to our imagination and when I get to take words on a page, take the idea of a person and make her real I feel the most myself. It is a priviledge to be an actor.
When I’m not acting I love a good crime podcast or TV detective. That first season of Prime Suspect still thrills me. I have a grá for 70’s fashion and so I collect vintage clothes. Recently I’ve started to make my own using vintage patterns.
If you’d like to collaborate on a project or want to start a conversation about work or film or theatre, please email me. It’s important that we build a strong and supportive creative community. This is a great industry but it’s a tough one and the more we buoy each other the better it will be.
Claire Loy is a hugely talented actor who brings freshness, excitement, energy and emotional honesty to the process. She isn’t afraid of taking on difficult roles and plays them with great integrity and emotional courage that shines through and lights up the screen
|Crosshair (feature)||Louise O’Neill||Dir. Tom McKenna, Redsky Films|
|Beyond The Woods (feature)||Emma||Dir. Sean Breathnach, Egomotion|
|In Orbit (short)||Maura||Dir. Katie McNeice, Hardback Films|
|Terrible Things (short)||The Wanderer||Dir. Ciarán Hickey|
|The Machine (short)||Professor||Dir. Jon Hozier- Byrne, Stoneface Films|
|Imbas Forosnaí (short)||The Poet’s Mother||Dir. Shane Serrano, Crude Media|
|Squawk 7700 (short)||Maeve Striker||Dir. Dave Fox, MOMO Productions|
|F**k Sake (short)||Kerrie||Dir: Patrick O’Shea|
|Breathe Out (short)||Anne||Dir. Sean Breathnach, Egomotion|
|Vegetable (short)||Amelia||Dir. Michael Flemming, Swan Dive|
|Overcast (short)||Maureen||Dir. Noel McElligott, Redrum Films|
|Coming To Terms (short)||Lisa||Dir. Patrick Ketch, P.K.Productions|
|The Outpost||Talon’s Mother||Dir. John Lyde, NBC Universal|
|Casualty||Marie-Anne Naismith||Dir. Joss Agnew, BBC|
|Trivia||Vanessa||Dir. Tom Hall, RTE|
|The Girl at the End of the Garden||Government Official||Dir.Bonnie Dempsey, Dyehouse Films|
|Cogadh ar Mhná||Nora Healy||Dir. Ciara Hyland, ForeFront|
|Erin Connolly And The Children Of Lir||Aoife||Dir. Eoin ÓhAnnracháin, The Everyman|
|Blood Will Have Blood||Alex||Dir. Stephen Isreal, TDC|
|Shakers||Adele||Dir. Jim Horgan, Cork Arts Theatre|
|The Mai||Mai||Dir. J Chalmers, Cork Arts Theatre|
|Talking Subtext||Lydia||Dir. Eoin O h’Ainnreachain, TDC|
|King Lear||Goneril||Dir. J Chalmers, Touring|
|Will you Stay and Watch Me Dying||Alcestis||Dir. Patricia Kilch|
|Yum or Yuk||Voice Over||Dir. Shaun O’Connor|
|Radio Silence||Pies||Dir. Eszter Nemethi, Helium|
|Scéalta Grá na hÉireann||Maud Gonne/ SarahCurran||Dir Patrick O’Shea, Bo Media|
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