Louisa Harland

Last updated on the 9 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 31 January 1993, Dublin, Ireland. 

Growing up, Louisa Harland had a keen interest in performing arts and decided to pursue her passion by enrolling in drama school after completing her high school education. She participated in the Ann Kavanagh Youth Theatre in Rathfarnham and received training at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Louisa Harland’s breakout role came in 2018 when she was cast as Orla McCool in “Derry Girls,” a critically acclaimed comedy series set in the 1990s during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her portrayal of the quirky and likeable character quickly endeared her to audiences and critics alike, establishing her as a rising star in the television industry. Harland’s comedic timing, expressive acting and ability to bring depth to her character contributed to the show’s massive success and solidified her reputation as an up and coming actress.

In 2024 she landed the lead role of Nell in Disney’s “Renegade Nell”.


Suggested viewing


Renegade Nell (2024)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

A clever and brave young woman wrongly accused of murder finds herself becoming the most infamous criminal in 18th-century England. With the sudden appearance of a mystical figure named Billy, Nell discovers that her fate holds far greater significance than she had ever anticipated.

Top cast: Louisa Harland, Frank Dillane, Alice Kremelberg, Enyi Okoronkwo, Bo Bragason, Florence Keen, Nick Mohammed, Jake Dunn, Pip Torrens, Joely Richardson.


Derry Girls (2018)

Derry Girls poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.5

“Derry Girls” is a comedy-drama set in 1990s Northern Ireland, following a group of teenage girls through adolescence amidst the backdrop of The Troubles. The show’s witty humor, relatable characters and charming storytelling explore friendship, family dynamics and the challenges of growing up in a politically unstable environment with heartwarming authenticity.

Top cast: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn, Tara Lynne O’Neill, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Tommy Tiernan, Ian McElhinney, Siobhán McSweeney.


Full filmography (@Wikipedia)


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