Jenn Murray interview: ‘Acting lives in you. There’s grief and abuse. You give it everything and then you walk away, but it still lives in you’

The Belfast-raised actor, who has had memorable roles in films such as Brooklyn and Maleficent, was undeterred when Covid brought film-making to a sudden stop and turned her sights on Broadway with an acclaimed production of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Jenn Murray: the Belfast-raised actor found that ‘I wasn’t British enough in London and I wasn’t Irish enough in Dublin to get the roles I wanted’. Picture: Carol Grosegg

No matter the size of her role, Jenn Murray has a knack of not just stealing scenes, but of making those scenes resonate as among the most memorable of every film in which she’s appeared. And when you’ve appeared alongside Hollywood A-listers such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Vanessa Redgrave, Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Eddie Redmayne, Saoirse Ronan and Chloë Sevigny to name a few, that’s no small feat.

I first met Murray in Los Angeles in ...