Denise Gough

Denise Gough (born 28 February 1980)[1] is an Irish actress. She was born in Ennis, County Clare and is the elder sister of the actress Kelly Gough. She is notable for her work in theatre and television, including the play The Painter (2011) and Messiah V: The Rapture. Gough is a two-time Olivier Award winner.

Denise Gough
Born (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 40)[1]
RelativesKelly Gough (sister)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Ennis, County Clare, daughter of an electrician, Gough is the seventh of eleven siblings.[2] One of her younger sisters is the actress Kelly Gough.[3] She trained as a soprano before leaving Ireland for London at 15.[4] She was awarded a grant to study at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wandsworth aged 18,[2] and graduated from ALRA in 2003.


In 2012, she was nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performances in Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms at the Lyric Hammersmith and Nancy Harris's Our New Girl at the Bush Theatre.[5] In January 2014 she was Julia in The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London.[6] At the National Theatre, London, in September 2015 she presented an "electrifying" performance as a recovering substance user in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things, directed by Jeremy Herrin.[7] She reprised the role when the production transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016, and subsequently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She returned to the National Theatre in April 2017 playing the role of Harper in Marianne Elliot's revival of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America, for which she won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gough then returned to People, Places & Things for its New York transfer. Gough returned to the role of Harper in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America, alongside the majority of the London cast, in February 2018.[4][8]

Stage rolesEdit

Year Title Character Theatre
2004 By the Bog of Cats Caroline Cassidy Wyndham's Theatre, London
The Kindness of Strangers Cheryl Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool
2006 Everything is Illuminated Brod Hampstead Theatre, London
O Go My Man Elsa Royal Court Theatre, London
2007 Someone Else's Shoes Mary Soho Theatre, London
2009 The Grouch Celia West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Six Characters in Search of an Author Stepdaughter Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
Gielgud Theatre, London
2009 The Birds Julia Gate Theatre, Dublin
2010 The Plough and the Stars Nora Clitheroe Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Mary Jane Hanrahan Trafalgar Studios, London
2011 The Painter Jenny Cole Arcola Theatre, London
2012 Our New Girl Annie Bush Theatre, London
Desire Under the Elms Anna Putnam Lyric Hammersmith, London
2014 Adler and Gibb Louise Royal Court Theatre, London[9]
The Duchess of Malfi Julia Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
2015 People, Places and Things Emma Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London
2016 Wyndham's Theatre, London
2017 Angels in America Harper Pitt Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London
People, Places and Things Emma St. Ann's Warehouse, New York
2018 Angels in America Harper Pitt Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway



Year Title Character Notes
2007 Outlanders Barmaid
2010 The Kid Patsy
Robin Hood Village Mother
2014 The Quiet Roar Research Assistant
Jimmy's Hall Tess
2018 Juliet, Naked Gina
Colette[10] Mathilde de Morny
2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Mary
The Other Lamb Sarah
2020 Vores mand i Amerika Charlotte Kauffmann
Monday Chloe


Year Title Character Production Notes
2004 Casualty Susan Parish BBC One Episode: "Three's a Crowd"
2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Christine Faraday BBC One Episode: "Limbo"
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Michelle Channel 4 Documentary dramatization
2009 The Bill Liz O'Halloran ITV Episode: "Lost Soul"
Waking the Dead Kathleen BBC One Episodes: "Magdalene: Part I" and "Magdalene: Part II"
2010 Silent Witness Danielle Boyce BBC One Episodes: "Run: Part I" and "Run: Part II"
2011 Holby City Mona Cadogan BBC One Episode: "Culture Shock"
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Emily Hill CBC 11 episodes
2013 What Remains Liz Fletcher BBC One 4 episodes
Complicit Lucy TV movie
2014 Stella Collette Jensen Sky 1 Series 3
8 episodes
2015 The Duchess of Malfi Julia TV movie
2016 Apple Tree Yard DS Johns BBC One Episode 4
2017 Guerrilla Fallon Showtime, Sky 6 episodes
Paula Paula BBC Two 3 episodes
2022 Andor Disney+ Filming

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Character Production Notes
2013 Divinity: Dragon Commander Catherine Larian Studios Voice
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Yennefer of Vengerberg CD Projekt Red Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit


Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Critics' Circle Theatre Award[11] Best Actress People, Places and Things Won
Evening Standard Theatre Award[12][13] Best Actress Nominated
2016 Laurence Olivier Award[14] Best Actress Won
WhatsOnStage Award[15] Best Actress in a Play Nominated
2018 Drama Desk Award[16] Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Obie Award[17] Performance Won
Tony Award[18] Best Featured Actress in a Play Angels in America Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award[19] Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Outer Critics Circle Award[20] Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "Bright young things". Evening Standard. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Twins' kitchen sync drama". 18 November 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b Clapp, Susannah (19 November 2017). "Denise Gough: the extraordinarily gifted actress on being the toast of New York". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  5. ^ "London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 - Longlist revealed". London Evening Standard. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ Coveney, Michael (16 January 2014). "The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)". What's On Stage. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ Clapp, Sussannah (6 September 2015). "People, Places & Things review — a career-changing performance". The Observer. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ Emmrich, Stuart (3 May 2018). "Actress Denise Gough Pays Homage to Bygone Angels". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  9. ^ Billington, Michael (20 June 2014). "Adler and Gibb review – a high-concept satire on the cult of the artist". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  10. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (6 October 2018). "Denise Gough on Toxic and Progressive Masculinity at Toronto Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  11. ^ "2015 Results | Critics' Circle Theatre Awards". 28 November 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Full list of nominees". Evening Standard. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Who won and why". Evening Standard. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Olivier Winners 2016". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Whatsonstage Awards – Winners 2016 |". - London Theatre Tickets. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  16. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants & More Win 2018 Drama Desk Awards". Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  17. ^ "2018 Obies Winners and Performances". Obie Awards. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  18. ^ Nyren, Erin (11 June 2018). "Tony Award Winners 2018: The Complete List". Variety. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Olivier Awards 2018: Winners in full". BBC News. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  20. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, My Fair Lady & More Win 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Retrieved 6 December 2020.

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