comedian / actor / broadcaster / voice over 

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind with Deirdre voicing the hugely successful Gogglebox for TV3, producing Ireland's largest ever charity comedy show for Comic Relief at the 3Arena, hosting the revamped IFTA Film & Drama Awards for national broadcaster RTÉ, and reaching the finals of RTÉ smash hit, Dancing with the Stars.  

Irish comedy’s prodigal daughter has also made a long-awaited return to her stand up roots; she delighted audiences across the country with the sell-out show 1 Dee in 2016 and 2017 and will tour a brand new show, A Line of O'Kane, nationwide in 2019.

A six-time Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominee, Deirdre was awarded Best Lead Actress (Film) 2015 for her role as Christina Noble opposite Liam Cunningham, Sarah Greene and Brendan Coyle in Stephen Bradley’s feature Noble. Released in September 2014, Noble won Jury and Audience awards at the Boston Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Newport Beach Festival, Nashville and Dallas Festivals. 

Other feature film credits include the BAFTA winning Festival for Channel 4, Intermission directed by John Crowley for Parallel Fims, Killing Bono directed by Nick Hamm for Cinema Three and Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan for Factory Films.

An accomplished television actor, Deirdre most recently starred alongside Debi Mazar and Hillary Duff in Darren Starr's hit sitcom Younger (TV Land, US) which aired in September 2017. Other TV credits include Paths to Freedom (RTÉ) in which she played Brendan Coyle’s long-suffering wife Helen, The Clinic, Fergus’s Wedding, The Fitz, and Bittersweet. She appeared in the leading role of Debra Moone in three series of Moone Boy (Sky) opposite Academy Award Nominee Peter McDonald and Chris O'Dowd, garnering Deirdre a fifth IFTA nomination in 2014.

Theatre credits include Mary in Juno and the Paycock (The Abbey), 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 for Landmark Productions, and her acclaimed performance in the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce (Druid). 

Deirdre is also recognised for her work in the corporate entertainment sphere, where she adds an element of glamour to both large events and intimate gatherings; Deirdre's combination of engaging manner and comic timing make her a highly sought-after host.

For more on Deirdre see or follow her on Twitter @deirdreokane1. You can also find Deirdre on both Facebook @deirdrecomedy and Instagram @deirdreokane123. 

Unique star quality.
— The Guardian

Deirdre O'Kane hosts the IFTA Awards 2015-2018.