Orla is an actor and singer originally from Limavady, County Derry. She trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Acting and nominated for the prestigious Spotlight Prize.
She has been working professionally in the business for 18 years and has an array of credits in both theatre and television across the UK, Ireland and internationally.
She most recently could be seen on stage playing Cassie Gribben in The Guardian’s Five star production – Hume: Beyond Belief, for Derry Playhouse.
Television & Film work includes: Hope Street (BBC), Marcella (ITV/Buccaneer), Line of Duty (BBC), The Fall, (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor (Channel 4), A Bump Along the Way (Element Pictures), Bad Day for the Cut (Six Mile Hill), Paula (BBC), I’d Do Anything (BBC), Cyber Police (Meta Compliance), Reroot (Animation, Dogleap Productions).
Theatre credits include: Hume: Beyond Belief (Playhouse), Cinderella (GBL), Our Jimmy (David Hull Promotions, NI Tour), The White Handkerchief (Playhouse), The Threepenny Opera (Lyric/NIOpera), TitanicDance (KSR Productions, Ireland & China Tour), A Christmas Carol (Blixten, Stockholm), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 3/4) (Bruiser, MAC & Irish Tour), An Evening with Bette Midler (Playhouse, Irish Tour), Pits and Perverts (Sole Purpose, UK Tour), Cinderella (Lyric), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK Productions, No.1 UK Tours and Malta), The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Josef Locke (Playhouse, NI Tour), Into the Woods (Landor, London), Denizen (Creggan Enterprises), The Comedy of Errors (Ulster Theatre Company), Legends of Ulster, Fly me to the Moon, The London Vertigo, The Country Boy & Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (Balor Rep), A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Sense and Sensibility (CH UK/Cyprus Tour), Bastien and Bastienne (Welsh National Opera), The Karaoke Musical ( Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe), Plays Aloud (Commedia of Errors), Red Riding Hood (C21), Chezzie’s Chance, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (Millennium Forum).
A classically trained singer, she is a highly accomplished and versatile vocalist in multiple musical genres, from musical theatre and jazz to classical and folk. She is also creator and member of the close harmony vocal trio The Swingtime Starlets and is the lead singer of Irish Dance Sensation TitanicDance.