In 2000, Brenda fought off competition from thousands of hopefuls across Britain and Ireland to present Channel Five’s live morning show The Core. Since then, she has come a long way.
An actress of the small screen for over 25 years, Brenda has racked up an extensive list of television, film and commercial credits. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Broadcasting & Production, she took up the coveted role of presenter and producer for the Irish Radio Network in New York producing interviews with some of the world’s most noted celebrities and dignitaries including: Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Alicia Keyes, The Corrs, Bob Geldof, Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Bloomberg and Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.
After finding success in New York, she began hosting her own show Celtic Tracks and later moved to the FM dial with Radio Erin, New York. The move sparked major interest from BBC Northern Ireland and she was documented on BBC’s Sky-High New York with presenter Christine Bleakley. During her time in the big apple, she also graduated with a Screen Acting Master in association with The Actors Studio and undertook Theatre Arts training at The Irish Arts Centre.
In 2010, she starred in and co-wrote BBC Northern Ireland’s comedy sketch show LOL alongside Aisling Bea (Live at the Apollo) and Yasmine Akram (Sherlock), and was chosen to appear in Remus Uomo’s menswear spring / summer campaign.
2013 marked the release of The Fall, BBC Two’s highest rated crime drama, and Brenda was offered the role of newsreader alongside Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey). Brenda later reprised her role in The Fall series two in 2014 and series three in 2016.
She currently stars in BBC NI’s ‘Tight Shorts’ comedy series which has racked up 3 million views on Facebook. She can also be seen across Northern Ireland on billboards, adshel and buses in the Crimestoppers ‘Drug dealers don’t care’ campaign, and in the 2018 hard-hitting Share the road to zero ‘Phone Shame’ road safety campaign which has racked up 146 thousand views on Facebook.
The actress and presenter currently balances her screen work with her production work for BBC Northern Ireland and various independent companies across Ireland.
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