Janice Byrne

Janice made her professional debut when she was cast in a lead role as Jenny Cassidy in ZONAD, a comedy feature film produced by Element Films – nominated for six IFTA Awards (Janice being nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Feature Film). ZONAD was subsequently screened at the world renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In 2009, she played Jacinta in RTÉ documentary-drama WHISTLEBLOWER, which received IFTA Best Single Drama the same year.

Her Abbey National Theatre debut was Anna in THE LAST DAYS OF A RELUCTANT TYRANT by Tom Murphy and she also performed in Brian Friel’s TRANSLATIONS directed by Conall Morrison at the same venue. She appeared in Annie Ryan’s production of DUBLINERS (Corn Exchange) as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012. Previous theatre credits are DANCING AT LUGHNASA, STEAMING at Axis Arts Centre and TOP GIRLS directed by Jason Byrne for Galloglass.

Other screen work includes IFTA award-winning medical drama THE CLINIC created by Orla Bleahen-Melvin and Lilie Ferrari for Parallel Films. She played April Leonard in several episodes of Sci-Fi series PRIMEVAL directed by Mark Everest for ITV and she made a guest appearance in PLEBS written by Sam Leifer and Tom Basden for ITV2. Janice filmed the title role in UNFOLD a short film directed by Steven Daly for the National Film School. She appeared as Gemma in 4-part crime drama AMBER directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan for Screenworks, which aired in 2014 on RTÉ,  the role of Betty Coogan in television mini-series INSPECTOR JURY (based on books by Martha Grimes) directed by Florian Kern and produced by Crazy Films, and Octagon Films for ZDF Germany and RIPPER STREET directed by Luke Watson for Amazon Prime. In 2016, she filmed US pilot DAWN created by Hank Steinberg (WITHOUT A TRACE) and directed by Robert Stromberg (MALEFICENT) for MGM.

More recently, she played a part in David Freyne’s zombie horror THE THIRD WAVE starring Ellen Page and Sam Keeley for Tilted Pictures.

She will be seen next as Jackie in a touring production of Ross Dungan’s dark play BEFORE MONSTERS WERE MADE directed by Ronan Phelan for 15th Oak Productions.