Elaine Cassidy is an Irish actress who is best known for playing the lead character Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper’s Island, Felicia in Felicia’s Journey opposite Bob Hoskins, Runt in Disco Pigs opposite Cillian Murphy, Lydia in The Others, and Katherine Glendenning in The Paradise.
In 1996, Cassidy was nominated for the Most Promising Actress at the Geneva Film Festival for her role in The Sun, the Moon and the Stars. She played the starring role in Felicia’s Journey with Bob Hoskins, for which she was nominated Best Actress at the 20th Genie Awards. She has won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) for Best Actress in a Lead Role in Film in 2003 for her role as Runt in Disco Pigs, opposite Cillian Murphy, and in 2010 for Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper’s Island. She was also nominated for an IFTA in 2005 as Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as “Maud Lilly” in the BBC BAFTA nominated drama Fingersmith, in 2007 as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Film for her role as Sandra in And When Did You Last See Your Father? alongside Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, and in 2009 as Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for her role as Annie Mulcahy in Little White Lie.
She is married to actor Stephen Lord, whom she met on the set of The Truth. They live in Greenwich, London, with their daughter Kila, born on 16 September 2009. Their second child, a son named Lynott Lord Cassidy, was born around 23 January 2013.