(Ma)’s vast body of work includes starring roles in feature films, television and theatre, as well as experience behind the scenes as a producer. Her feature film credits include the box-office hit The Others with Nicole Kidman, for which she won a Saturn Award, The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, with Sandra Bullock, James Joyce’s Women, Youngblood, Sinful Davey, Ulysses, Mr. Patman, A State Of Emergency, Reflections, Final Verdict, the Oscar®– winning In The Region Of Ice, Death Dreams, Mad At The Moon and Money For Nothing. Raised in Dublin, Flanagan’s Irish roots shine in such distinctive Irish films as Waking Ned Devine and Some Mother’s Son, with Helen Mirren. Fionnula has starred with Felicity Huffman in Transamerica, which garnered her rave reviews and for which she was awarded an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ Flanagan’s other film credits include the feature films Yes Man with Jim Carrey, The Invention Of Lying with Ricky Gervais, Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg, and Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and Bob Hoskins, The Irishman with Ray Stephenson and Christopher Walken, Coming and Going with Rhys Darby and “The Guard” starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle for which she has just received her second IFTA Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. Fionnula’s latest films to soon be released in 2012, When Angels Sing which she stars with Harry Connick Jr. Kris Kristoferson, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. Life’s A Breeze for Director Lance Daly, which is in production for release in 2012, and “Tasting Menu” in which she stars with Stephen Rea for Director Roger Gaul
Highlights of Flanagan’s television credits include The Brotherhood for Showtime which won a prestigious Peabody Award, How The West Was Won, for which she received an Emmy® nomination for Best Actress, Rich Man, Poor Man, for which she won an Emmy® Award, and a recurring guest star turn on the acclaimed series Lost. Fionnula can be seen this coming television season in the SyFy series Defiance.
Best known for her one-woman stage piece of James Joyce’s Women, she received the Los Angeles Critics’ Award, the San Francisco Critics’ Award and a Dramalogue Award. She also wrote, adapted and produced the piece for the stage and subsequently as a feature film. In addition, Flanagan has an extensive list of Broadway appearances to her name, most notably as Molly Bloom in Ulysses In Night Town, for which she earned a Tony® nomination, adding to her list of honors, in 2008 Fionnula was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Ireland in Galway for her contributions in the world of fine arts. In 2012 Fionnula received a Life Time Achievement Award from Irish Film and Television Awards presented by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Betty (Betty) who is Flanagan’s real-life canine companion, is making her screen debut in “When Angels Sing.” A mix of terrier and poodle, Betty was “discovered” by Flanagan at a Los Angeles dog rescue a few years ago. Flanagan nursed her back to health and the two have been inseparable from the day they met. She is a frequent visitor to Flanagan’s sets and charms all of the cast and crew she meets.