Eva Birthistle

Academy Member

Born in Bray, Ireland Eva is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Following her first role as Regina Crosbie on the iconic Irish television soap Glenroe, Eva gained small roles in irish films such as Borstel Boy, Bloody Sunday and Saltwater, and appeared on British television dramas including Holby City, Trust and In Deep. Eva’s breakthrough came with the starring role in Ken Loach’s hugely acclaimed and award-winning Ae Fond Kiss, which won her both the IFTA and London Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. She has since worked with directors of the calibre of Neil Jordan, Brian Kirk, Peter Greenaway and Aisling Walsh, winning another IFTA Award in 2006 for her role in Middletown. Eva has also starred in high profile roles across television drama including the Golden Globe nominated The State Within, BAFTA nominated Five Daughters and the International Emmy Award winning Waking the Dead.

In recent years, she was worked across both film and television including the role of grieving mother Sarah Bailey on Amber, for which she collected her third IFTA Award in 2014. 


"I'm delighted and I'm flattered because the other actresses are wonderful so it is a huge honour and it's a massive compliment"

Eva Birthistle
(on receiving her IFTA Win)

Awards & Recognition

  • IFTA Winner, Best Actress (2014)
  • IFTA Winner, Best Actress (2007)
Ae Fond Kiss...
  • IFTA Winner, Best Actress (2004)
  • London Critics Circle Award Winner, Best Actress (2004)
  • BAFTA Awards Scotland Nominee, Best Actress (2004)
  • British Independent Film Award Nominee, Best Actress (2004)

Key Credits

  • Noble (2014) Sister Laura
  • Amber (2014) Sarah Bailey
  • Life's a Breeze (2013) Margaret
  • Strike Back (2011) Capt. Kate Marshall
  • Waking the Dead (2011)
  • The Rendezvous (2010) Jackie
  • The Children (2008)
  • The Last Enemy (2008) Eleanor Brooke
  • The State Within (2006) Jane Lavery
  • Middletown (2006) Caroline
  • Breakfast on Pluto (2005) Elly Bergin
  • The Baby War (2005) Megan
  • Ae Fond Kiss… (2004) Roisin Hanlon
  • Timbuktu (2004) Isobel
  • Trust (2003) Maria Acklam
  • Borstal Boy (2000) Liz Joyce