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Jeananne Crowley

Jeananne Crowley (born 18 December 1949) is an Irish actress and writer, remembered for her collaborations in British film and television. She appeared in the film Educating Rita and is possibly best known for her role as Nellie Keene in the BBC drama series Tenko.


  • Actress 1
    • Screen 1.1
    • Stage 1.2
  • Writer 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Recently, Crowley has appeared in The Clinic and Proof. Other television credits include The Onedin Line, Shoestring, Reilly, Ace of Spies and Doctor Who (in the serial Timelash, as Princess Vena). The Racing Game as Meg Appleby.

She also appeared in several movies, including Educating Rita alongside Julie Walters and Michael Caine.


Crowley is a veteran stage actress, having been a member of the National Theatre for a period in the 1970s,[1] and has also made appearances at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, including one in Pygmalion in 2004,[2] and as the lead in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.[3]


Crowley is also a prolific writer; she has written two plays, one of which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, and has also been a regular contributor to national newspapers, including the Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian and the Irish Times.[4][5][6][7] In 2002, she was a judge for the Irish Novelist of the Year competition.[8]

Personal life

Crowley was born in 1949, the daughter of Josephine Glynn and Eamonn Crowley, one of three children. She has never married, and lives at her house in Cleggan.[9] When she was a student, her father died whilst she was onstage playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the UCD.[10]

In the 1980s, she was said to have been known as the "it girl".[11]

Crowley was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1991 local elections for the Progressive Democrats. She stood for election to the Pembroke ward of Dublin Corporation.[12]


  1. ^ National Theatre Members 1976
  2. ^ Jeananne's Journey - The Independent
  3. ^ "Back to Arcadia". Irish Independent. 7 February 1999. 
  4. ^ IMDb - Personal Info
  5. ^ Articles in 1996 by Jeananne Crowley
  6. ^ Article by Crowley on Shakespeare's Women in the Independent
  7. ^ Article by Crowley on Tolkien in the Independent
  8. ^ "Page-turners with feel-good factor". Irish Independent. 
  9. ^ Article in The Irish Times
  10. ^ "William and his women". Irish Independent. 21 November 2007. 
  11. ^ "Back to Arcadia". Irish Independent. 7 February 1999. 
  12. ^ "Dublin results". The Irish Times. 1 July 1991. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

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