Based on a renowned Irish hunting novel by Eugene McCabe, BBC Two’s new period drama Death and Nightingales is the tale of love, betrayal, and death. Set in rural Fermanagh in Ireland, the story follows a young woman’s attempts to escape her stepfather’s strict household.
Fifty Shades of Grey star, Jamie Dornan takes on a leading role as Liam Ward alongside Matthew Rhys, who plays Billy Winters. Joining them is newcomer Ann Skelly who steals the show as heroine Beth Winters. “Ann Skelly” may sound a new name to most of us but she is no stranger to lights, camera, and action. At a young age, she has a wealth of experience behind her.
Let’s begin exploring Ann Skelly bio and find out more about her.
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Ann Skelly Bio: Age, Family and Early Life
Born in 1996 in the city of Dublin, Ann Skelly is an Irish actress who lives near Gorey, Wexford, with her parents and brother whose identities remain unknown. However, her father paints while her mother writes and they are both photographers. Her parents value art and creativity and support her choice of career.
The 21-year-old actress didn’t like school and began working towards her goal since the age of three. From a young age, she attended the Irish Film Academy, traveling to Dublin from Wexford. Since 2015, after getting the part of Rachel in TV3 soap Red Rock, she has not stopped working and honing her acting skills. She portrayed the role of 15-year-old Rachel Reid, and she was just 17 then.
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Ann Skelly, who celebrates her birthday on 16th December, starred as Biddy Lambert in a mini-series, Rebellion which aired in Ireland in 2016. Next, she appeared as Hannah Baylor in the Canadian miniseries Playground in 2017. Last year, she also appeared as Annie Moffat in the 2017 BBC adaptation of Little Women. She then took on the leading role of Candice in Aoife McArdle’s thriller Kissing Candice. She was also nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award under the category of “Best actress” for Kissing Candice.
Ann Skelly Role in Death & Nightingales
The BBC2’s TV series “Death and Nightingales” aired its first episode on 28th November. Written and directed by Allan Cubitt, the creator of “The Fall,” the drama is adapted in the three-part series from the novel with the same name by Eugene McCabe. The series takes us in 1885 to Fermanagh, Northern Ireland where political, religious and class tension was aroused.
The story takes place over 24 hours building a terrifying climax of decades of pain and betrayal. A young woman named, Beth Winters, played by Ann Skelly, attempts to escape her stepfather’s strict household and elope with a mysterious man named Liam Ward, played by Jamie Dornan.
In the series, Ann Skelly as Beth Winters is a protagonist who lives in Fermanagh with her stepfather. However, she is a Catholic, and her mother passed away a few years earlier due to tragic circumstances.
Beth’s stepfather would disinherit her as she was not his biological daughter. Following undercurrents of abuse in the home, she has a difficult and complex relationship with her father. She begins an intense relationship with a tenant of Billy, Liam Ward, and creates a plan to leave Fermanagh and Billy.
Ann shares her experience of Death & Nightingales, saying:
“Playing such a strong character as Beth Winters is truly an actor’s dream and a fantastically intense challenge to be given the opportunity to play.”
“And to get to work with such brilliant actors like Matthew and Jamie, and a director like Allan Cubitt, is just surreal to me.”
Ann Skelly Wiki Facts
- Skelly has a childhood passion for soccer.
- She has represented Wexford in the sport.
- She signed up to run the VHI mini-marathon on June 6, 2016, in aid of cystic fibrosis.
- Skelly doesn’t describe herself as ambitious. She says:
“I just want to work as an actor for the rest of my life — I don’t think you can be allowed ambitions in this industry.”
- She is a Vegetarian. Her family was never a big meat eater.