Louise Mathews is a Belfast-based singer, actress, and youth worker, originally from Ardoyne. She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, 2005, and has starred in feature films including Here Before (2020) and IRA King of Nothing (2006), and the BBC television series In Cold Blood. Louise Mathews collaborated with Tinderbox Theatre Company to write Immaculate, a memoir tracing the death of her uncle in London, performed as part of the Féile an Earraigh Arts Festival, 2021. Louise Mathews is the director of Time to Shine Drama, writing and producing plays and facilitating programmes to promote children’s confidence and self-esteem through drama.
Louise donated her archive to the Linen Hall Library in 2020. The archive includes photographs from her performances in the Abbey Theatre, Lyric Theatre, and the Grand Opera House, as well as a leaflet for Time to Shine Drama, programme for the play Sunder, and newspaper feature articles.