Deirdre O’Kane is an award-winning Irish comedian, actress and presenter. Deirdre made her eagerly anticipated return to stand up in 2015 and since then has toured two sell out shows, 1Dee and A Line of O’Kane, around Ireland. She also sold out performances of both shows at the Soho Theatre in London.
Deirdre wowed Ireland with her performance on Dancing With The Stars (RTE1) which saw her deservedly reach the final. She is the voice of the hugely successful Gogglebox in Ireland since it started in 2016 on TV3. She was co-presenter on The Six O’Clock show, also on TV3. She has hosted the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (IFTAs) two years in a row. She has appeared on the BBC’s QI, The Blame Game and Delete, Delete, Delete plus Dave’s As Yet Untitled. She also starred alongside Debi Mazar and Hillary Duff in Darren Starr’s hit sitcom Younger (TV Land, USA) in 2017.
Deirdre has performed around the world, at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, 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) and starred in Edinburgh and Beyond (Comedy Central).
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 Sky One 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 of Christina Noble, opposite Liam Cunningham and Sarah Greene, in Stephen Bradley’s feature NOBLE, won her a Best Actress IFTA. The film also 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).