Deirdre made her eagerly anticipated return to stand up in 2015 and toured her show 1Dee around Ireland and sold out two nights at the Soho Theatre, London. She is currently touring her brand-new show A Line of O’Kane after wowing the country with her performance on Dancing With The Stars (RTE1) which saw her deservedly reach the final.
Deirdre has performed around the world at Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Adelaide Comedy Festival. She hosted and co-wrote the ten-part TV series of stand-up comedy and sketches called The Lounge for RTÉ/BBC which included guests such as Rich Hall, Adam Hills, Jeff Green and Dara O Briain. She was a guest on The Panel hosted by Dara O Briain (RTÉ), starred in Edinburgh and Beyond (Comedy Central), and also released two DVD’s of her stand up performances through EMI.
She has hosted the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (IFTAs) two years in a row. She is the voice of Gogglebox in Ireland and was co-presenter on The Six O’Clock show, also on TV3. She has appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled and BBC Two’s QI, and also starred alongside Debi Mazar and Hillary Duff in Darren Starr’s hit sitcom Younger (TV Land, US) in 2017.
Deirdre’s talent and versatility as a performer has seen her receive huge acclaim and recognition in recent years. Her leading role of Debra Moone in the award-winning series Moone Boy (IFTAs, British Comedy Awards, Emmy Awards), opposite Peter McDonald and writer Chris O’ Dowd, has earned her an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy Awards) nomination and also reaffirmed her place as one of Ireland’s most loved and revered comedy actresses, as well as introducing her to a new generation of fans.
Her performance as Christina Noble opposite Liam Cunningham and Sarah Greene in Stephen Bradley’s feature NOBLE, won her a Best Actress IFTA. The film which was released in September 2014, won Jury and Audience awards at the Boston Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Newport Beach Festival and the Nashville and Dallas Festivals.
Her many prestigious theatre credits include most recently the protagonist in Are You There, Garth? It’s Me, Margaret (Gaiety Theatre), Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (Theatre Royal Bath), Mary in Juno and the Paycock (The Abbey Theatre), Miss Funny in At the Black Pig’s Dyke (Druid Theatre), Daphne in Present Laughter (Gate Theatre), Jean in two sold-out runs of Dandelions at the Gaiety Theatre and in Greener at the same theatre, both for Landmark Productions, and her acclaimed performance in the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce (Druid Theatre).
Other greatly received television roles include Paths to Freedom, The Clinic, Fergus’s Wedding and Bittersweet all for RTÉ.
Previous feature film credits include the BAFTA winning Festival for Channel 4, Intermission directed by John Crowley for Parallel Fims, Killing Bono directed by Nick Hamm for Cinema Three and Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan for Factory Films.