Rosaleen Philomena McMenamin
1 June 1937
Linehan was born in Dublin. She has appeared in many comedy revues written by her husband Fergus. She has appeared on stage in, among other plays, Blithe Spirit, House of Bernarda Alba and Twelfth Night She was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Kate in Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa at the 1992 Tony Awards. She starred as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days on stage and on screen as part of the Beckett on Film project, having already played the role in a 1996 production at The Gate Theatre opposite Barry McGovern.
In film, she has appeared as Nurse Callan in Ulysses, May Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977), Aunt Fitzeustace in Fools of Fortune, Mrs Canning in The Butcher Boy, Peggy Owens in About Adam, Mrs Matson in The Hi-Lo Country and Millie O'Dowd in The Matchmaker. In television, she was a voice artist on the Irish language children's TV series Inis Cúil in 2005, appeared in Hugh Leonard's BBC sitcom Me Mammy. More recently, she played Deirdre O Kane's mother in Bitter Sweet.
Linehan was married to the late Fergus Linehan who died in 2016 with whom she had four children, and eight grandchildren. Linehan lives in Dublin. Her father Daniel McMenamin was a Teachta Dála for Donegal from 1927 to 1961.
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- "Rosaleen Linehan". The Arts Council (Ireland). Retrieved 2008-08-20.