Television includes: Eastenders (BBC), Father Figure (BBC), Threesome (Comedy Central), Shameless (Channel 4), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (BBC) Pramface (BBC).
She appeared in all 3 seasons of Jam and Jerusalem (BBC), Bremner, Bird and Fortune (Channel 4, six series), High Hopes (BBC), French and Saunders (BBC), TV To Go (BBC), The Dark Ages (ITV), It Happened Last Year, Dalziel and Pascoe, Family,
Aristocrats and Ballykissangel all for BBC. She is well known for her award-winning role as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted (Hatrick/ Channel 4).
Film includes: Jim Sheridan’s Secret Scripture, Stephen Bradley’s Noble, Helen in Gypo, Sister Hilda opposite Brendan Blethyn in The Calling,Iris directed by Richard Eyre, Heidi directed by Paul Marcus, Angela’s Ashes directed by Alan Parker, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland directed by Dudi Appleton, An Everlasting Piece directed by Barry Levinson and When Brendan met Trudy directed by Kieron J. Walsh, other film work includes; Quills, Nora, Her Own Rules, Guilttrip.
Her numerous theatre credits include, at the Abbey Theatre / National Theatre of Ireland: The Trojan Women, Comedy of Errors, Yerma and Antigone. For the Gate Theatre Dublin: The Double Dealer, Tartuffe, Absurd Person Singular and School for Scandal.
For Rough Magic: Our Country’s Good, The Tempest, Top Girls and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Other Theatre includes: Happy Days, Sheffield Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, Smock Alley Theatre, Playboy of the Western World, Druid / Donmar Warehouse and most recently, for The Globe Theatre, The Knight of the Burning Pestle.
She has also published 8 best-selling novels, Something for the Weekend (1999), Better Than A Rest (2001), Right on Time (2002), The Woman on the Bus (2004), Summer in the City (2005), Bright Lights and Promises(2007), Missing You Already (2009) and The Time Is Now (2010). In 2012 she published her first novel for young people, Jenny Q, Stitched Up! with Puffin Books, and the sequel JENNY Q, Unravelled.