Who is Sorcha Cusack?
Born on April 9, 1949 in Dublin, Ireland, Sorcha Cusack is an actress, best known for her work in the British entertainment industry. She appeared in movies and TV shows during her career spanning five decades. Some of her most notable projects include “Father Brown”, “Coronation Street” and “Casualty”.
Sorcha Cusack’s net worth
As of early 2020, Sorcha Cusack’s net worth is estimated to be over $14 million earned through a successful acting career. She comes from an acting family who all had varying degrees of success in their respective careers.
She has also worked on theater productions, which have contributed to her wealth.
Beginning of family and career
Sorcha is the daughter of actors Maureen Cusack and Cyril Cusack. Her father is known for a long career as an actor, spanning more than seven decades before his passing in 1993. She grew up as a middle child between five siblings, including actress Sinead Cusack, wife of Hollywood actor Jeremy Irons . Her other siblings include Niamh Cusack, who mainly works in theatre, and half-sister Catherin Cusack, who is known for her role in the very long-running soap opera “Coronation Street”.
Following in her parents’ footsteps, Sorcha began television appearances in the late 1970s. One of her first notable projects was “Jane Eyre”, another adaptation of the 1847 novel written by Charlotte Bronte, which follows the story of the titular character who begins life as a governess and puts herself in an unusual arrangement. In the 1980s, she began working almost exclusively in theater, with one of her first projects being “The Cherry Orchard”.
After her theater debut, Cusack continued to take on theater projects, with a string of them in the early 1980s, including “The Lower Depths,” “Detective Story,” and “The Duchess of Malfi.”
In 1992, she starred in a production of “The Odd Women”, based on George Gissing’s 1893 novel, in which she tackles one of the earliest traces of the feminist movement. The same year, she landed one of her first notable roles on television as staff nurse Kate Wilson in “Casualty”. The show is the longest running medical show in the world, broadcast since 1986, and is the story of a fictional hospital, focusing on the staff and patients. She stayed with the show for three years, but also had time to star in a production of “Smoke.”
Sorcha then went on hiatus, returning to theater in 2004, when she was cast in the play “Major Barbara”.
The play’s history dates back to 1905, was created by George Bernard Shaw, and follows the story of titular character Barbara Undershaft who becomes a major in the Salvation Army.
In 2008, Sorcha joined the cast of “Coronation Street”, a television show broadcast since 1960 that follows the story of the working class in a fictional town after the coronation of King Edward VII. Over the years, the show has tackled various issues from adultery, cancer, pregnancy, various diseases, religion, addiction and many others. The show’s popularity spawned several spin-offs and made-for-television movies. She stayed on the show for a year.
She was next cast as Hilary Nicholson in the show ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys”, during its first two episodes. The show stars Brendan O’Carroll as his drag character named Agnes Brown, and many of his friends and relatives. The show was widely criticized but became very successful in several countries, especially in Ireland, and countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand also rated it highly – over the years it has won numerous awards, even a movie was made and released in 2014 titled “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie”, in which Sorcha played the character of Justice Dickie.
One of Cusack’s latest projects is the BBC television show “Father Brown”, an adaptation of the short stories written by GK Chesterton. The show is ranked as the third longest running show on the BBC, just below “Moving On” and “Doctors”. It follows the story of the titular character, a priest who also solves crimes, and is set in the 1950s – the priest often uses both his natural wits and his connections to solve cases. The main character is played by Mark Williams, while Sorcha plays Mrs. Bridgette McCarthy, his secretary who also helps him with church matters. She has stayed with the show since 2013 and enjoyed great success.
She has also collaborated in another BBC production, the mini-series called “River”, broadcast on Netflix and starring Nicola Walker and Stellan Skarsgard. The title is a reference to the main character, Detective John River, who is haunted by his partner’s ghost as he feels guilty for not being able to save him from death. The show received positive reviews and was featured by high-profile publications including “The Daily Telegraph” and “The Independent”.
Sorcha is married to actor Nigel Cooke and they have two children together.
She doesn’t talk much about her family and partner and prefers to keep them out of the spotlight. Her husband has also appeared in numerous local productions, although he does not have the same extensive experience as her. Her children have not pursued the same career and follow different paths of acting. While she has an extended family full of actors, she is not related to Joan or John Cusack, who are also known for their work in Hollywood. They share a surname, but their ancestry is vastly different from Sorcha’s family line descended from Ireland.