Elaine Cassidy

Biography: Award-winning actress Elaine Cassidy, popular for her roles as Felicia in Felicia's Journey (1999) and as Abby Mills on Harper's Island, was born during the waning hours of 1979 in Wicklow, Ireland. At a very young age, she was fond of "playing dress up and stuff and working on plays and make-believe" as she escaped into her own fantasy world. When Elaine was five years old, she made her acting debut in a school production of Pinocchio. She joined a drama group at age eight, attended a talent school run by Debbie Sheenan during her pre-teens, and was cast in the short film The Stranger Within Me at age 15.

In 1996, Elaine appeared in her first feature film, The Sun, the Moon and the Stars, for which she received a Geneva Film Festival nomination for Most Promising Actress. While she tried to find her footing in the thriving Irish film industry, Cassidy worked on a data entry job for Global Telesystems Group to earn herself some money. After enrolling for a computer training
Award-winning actress Elaine Cassidy, popular for her roles as Felicia in Felicia's Journey (1999) and as Abby Mills on Harper's Island, was born during the waning hours of 1979 in Wicklow, Ireland. At a very young age, she was fond of "playing dress up and stuff and working on plays and make-believe" as she escaped into her own fantasy world. When Elaine was five years old, she made her acting debut in a school production of Pinocchio. She joined a drama group at age eight, attended a talent school run by Debbie Sheenan during her pre-teens, and was cast in the short film The Stranger Within Me at age 15.

In 1996, Elaine appeared in her first feature film, The Sun, the Moon and the Stars, for which she received a Geneva Film Festival nomination for Most Promising Actress. While she tried to find her footing in the thriving Irish film industry, Cassidy worked on a data entry job for Global Telesystems Group to earn herself some money. After enrolling for a computer training course, her big break came when she landed the lead character in the thriller drama Felicia's Journey. Her performance as the pregnant teenage girl terrorized by Bob Hoskins was noticed by TV networks and filmmakers, paving the way for more roles in film and on television.

Some of her noteworthy projects included the Nicole Kidman-led suspense drama The Others (2001), wherein she portrayed a young mute girl named Lydia, the film adaptation of the play Disco Pigs (2001), playing Runt opposite Cillian Murphy, and the 2005 BBC mini-series presentation, Fingersmith, wherein she was cast as the rich heiress Maud Lilly. The two latter roles earned her an IFTA Best Actress award and nomination, respectively, apart from the praise of critics and her peers. On stage, Elaine has performed the roles of Mairead in The Lieutenant of Irishmore (2002), Maggie Lyttle in Scenes from the Big Picture (2002), Abigail Williams in The Crucible (2006), and Louise in There Came a Gypsy Riding (2007). In 2009, CBS tapped her to play Abby Mills, the groom's best friend, on the suspense thriller Harper's Island.
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Elaine Cassidy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 74 The Others
Lowest Metascore: 24 The Loft
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
4 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
53 The Program Mar 18, 2016 Betsy Andreu 6.5
24 The Loft Jan 30, 2015 Ellie Seacord 3.3
74 The Others Aug 10, 2001 Lydia / Lydia tbd
72 Felicia's Journey Nov 12, 1999 Felicia 7.0