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Olivia Nash

Olivia Nash

Olivia Nash MBE has been an actress and performer in Northern Ireland for over 40 years. She grew up in Larne, where she first entered community drama with the Larne Drama Circle and was later a member of the Ulster Group Theatre alongside James Young and Doreen Hepburn. In 1991, Olivia Nash starred as the character 'Ma' alongside Tim McGarry, Damon Quinn, and Martin Reid in the Hole in the Wall Gang. This grew into the well-known BBC television series Give My Head Peace, which ran from 1998. Olivia Nash is the Vice President of the Northern Ireland Hospice. She received an MBE for services to theatre and charity in 2006.

Some highlights from Olivia Nash’s archive include a programme of Investiture at Buckingham Palace, from her award for services to Charity and Drama in Northern Ireland, Ulster Group Theatre Programmes, a programme for Replay Theatre Company production Under Napoleon’s Nose, photographs of Olivia Nash with Elliot Gould and Hugh Leonard, as well as photographs from stage performances, a flyer for Give my Head Peace, and material relating to her work with the NI Hospice.  

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