Simone Kirby is an Irish actress. She is probably best known for playing Oonagh in the Ken Loach film Jimmy's Hall. Other credits include Irene O'Donnell in Peaky Blinders (2014), Marilyn Hull in Notes on Blindness (2016), Tyva Hightopp in Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016), Sr. Grace in Houdini and Doyle (2016), Maria Roche in The Truth Commissioner (2016), Annette Rane in Clean Break ...
Dating Amber (originally titled Beards) is an Irish comedy-drama film directed by David Freyne.The film features two closeted teenagers in 1990s Ireland who decide to start a fake relationship.
Folk musician Simone (Ronee Blakley) returns to the house of her estranged mother, who is recently deceased. She refuses to attend the funeral or take any belongings, explaining that her mother subjected her to sinister ritualistic elements as a child, before she was removed from the home.
It also stars Simone Kirby as Auntie Maureen and Mrs. Roger Balfe, Gearóid Farrelly as Pat (the conjoined twin), Eoin Whelan as Pascal, and James J. Akpotor (AKA Tiny James) plays Séamus. Production. Originally titled Meet the Gallaghers, a pilot episode was filmed in December 2010.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Simone Garnett, an Australian neuroscientist and, briefly, Chidi's girlfriend. She dies and becomes the experimental Good Place's second test subject, complicating the test and causing the erasure of Chidi's memories.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste is an English actress. She has appeared as a series regular on Downward Dog (2017), Killing Eve (2018), and Why Women Kill (2019). Her television appearances also include recurring roles on Love (2016–2018), Barry (2018–2019), The Good Place (2018–20), and the fourth season of Veronica Mars (2019), and a starring role in the second and third books of Infinity Train ...
The film stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall and James Quinn Markey. The story follows a young woman who begins to suspect that her son's disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 25 January 2019. It was released on 1 March 2019 ...
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Kirby was born in Ilford, London, the eldest of three children of Irish parents. Her mother Eileen brought them up alone after their father left early in their childhood. Kirby grew up on Tomswood Hill, Barkingside, in Ilford, and attended the Ursuline Convent School in Ilford where she sang in the choir.
Kirby's vocal talent became apparent early in life, and she took singing lessons with a view to becoming an opera singer. She became a professional singer after meeting bandleader Bert Ambroseat the Ilford Palais in 1956. She remained with Ambrose's band for three years and he remained her manager, mentor and lover until his death on stage in Leeds in 1971. During the summer of 1957 Kirby performed at the Florida Park Restaurant in Madrid, and after returning to the UK not only performed with Ambrose's orchestra, but also with Nat Allen and his band. In 1959 Kirby joined vocalists Tony Mansell and Rikki Henderson in the Denny Boyce Band, and appeared regularly at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. In the summer of 1959 she made her solo cabaret debut at the Astor Club, and was subsequently signed to Pye Records in 1960 where she released two singles, "Love Can Be" and "Now You're Crying", which sold few copies but helped her get a six-month con...
She did not perform in public after her retirement, but an amateur recording of Kirby singing the song "He", made in about 2005, is available online. Interest in Kirby and her work continued long after she stopped performing, particularly among gay men, for whom she was something of an icon. In her last decade, she recorded short greetings for her official website. A biography was published in 2005, and there was a 2008 stage show about her life, written and produced by Graham Smith, called Secret Love. Smith re-wrote the show for the 2012 Haworth Festival, entitling it: Dance On: The Kathy Kirby Story. The Daily Express reported in 2008 that plans for a new filmed interview had been abandoned, but later reports confirmed that the interview had been filmed, and it was subsequently included on a DVD compilation released the following year. She also gave an interview to the Expressin 2009, which included recent photographs and w...
Kirby met bandleader Bert Ambrose in her teens and, despite his being 42 years older and having an estranged wife at the time, began a relationship with him that lasted until his death in 1971. In the 2009 interview, she said she had had an affair with Bruce Forsythduring this time. Kirby was married briefly to writer and former London policeman Frederick Pye in the 1970s. Following her bankruptcy in 1975 and a court case following an arrest over an unpaid hotel bill, she was referred to St Luke's psychiatric hospital in London in 1979. Following her discharge, she lived with a female fan, Laraine McKay, and said that they intended to marry. McKay was imprisoned for fraud and forgery. In the early 1980s Kirby had relationships with musician David Crossand lawyer Alan Porter. Kirby was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was in poor physical and mental health for much of her life. After her retirement she lived in a series of apart...
Note: Kirby had one charted single on the US Billboard Hot 100. "The Way of Love" peaked at No. 88 in 1965; Cheralso recorded the track.
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