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Denise Gough
Born (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 43)
Education ALRA
Occupation Actress
Relatives Kelly Gough (sister)

Denise Gough (born 28 February 1980) is an Irish actress. She is the elder sister of the actress Kelly Gough. She has worked in film, television and theatre.

Gough is a double Olivier Award winner.

Early life

Born in Ennis, County Clare, daughter of an electrician, Gough is the seventh of eleven siblings. One of her younger sisters is the actress Kelly Gough. She trained as a soprano before leaving Ireland for London at 15. She was awarded a grant to study at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wandsworth aged 18, 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. In January 2014 she was Julia in The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London. At the National Theatre, London, in September 2015 she presented an "electrifying" performance in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things, directed by Jeremy Herrin. 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.

Stage roles

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
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
2022 Portia Coughlan Portia Coughlan Abbey Theatre, Dublin



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Outlanders Barmaid
2010 The Kid Patsy
Robin Hood Village Mother
2014 The Quiet Roar Research Assistant
Jimmy's Hall Tess
2018 Juliet, ... Gina
Colette Mathilde de Morny
2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Mary
The Other Lamb Sarah
2020 Vores mand i Amerika Charlotte Kauffmann
Monday Chloe
2021 Martyrs Lane Sarah


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Casualty Susan Parish Episode: "Three's a Crowd"
2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Christine Faraday Episode: "Limbo"
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Michelle Documentary dramatization
2009 The Bill Liz O'Halloran Episode: "Lost Soul"
Waking the Dead Kathleen Episodes: "Magdalene: Part I" and "Magdalene: Part II"
2010 Silent Witness Danielle Boyce Episodes: "Run: Part I" and "Run: Part II"
2011 Holby City Mona Cadogan Episode: "Culture Shock"
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel Emily Hill 11 episodes
2013 What Remains Liz Fletcher 4 episodes
Complicit Lucy Television film
2014 Stella Collette Jensen 8 episodes
2015 The Duchess of Malfi Julia Television film
2016 Apple Tree Yard DS Johns 1 episode
2017 Guerrilla Fallon 6 episodes
Paula Paula 3 episodes
2021 Too Close Connie Mortensen Miniseries, 3 episodes
2022 Under the Banner of Heaven Dianna Lafferty Miniseries; Main role
Andor Dedra Meero Main role, 5 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Studio Notes Ref.
2013 Divinity: Dragon Commander Catherine Larian Studios Voice
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Yennefer of Vengerberg CD Projekt Red Voice
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below Alena Omega Force Voice
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actress People, Places and Things Nominated
Critics' Circle Theatre Award Best Actress Won
2016 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Won
WhatsOnStage Award Best Actress in a Play Nominated
2018 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Obie Award Performance Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Angels in America Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
Theatre World Award Honouree
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