Olwen Fouéré Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 12 Aug, 2020
Facts of Olwen Fouéré
Birth Nation: Ireland
Name Olwen Fouéré
Birth Name Olwen Fouéré
Father Yann Fouéré
Mother Marie-Magdeleine Mauger
Nationality Irish
Birth Place/City Ireland
Profession Actress, Director
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Married Yes
Married to David Heap
Online Presence Official Site, Twitter
Movies The Sleep of Death, Saltwater, The Other Side of Sleep, This Must Be the Place, The Survivalist, Mandy, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Animals
TV Show The Irish R.M., Screen Two, Above Suspicion, Striking Out, The Feed, Cursed
Books The Dreaming Body, Women in Irish Drama, Actors Voices: The People Behind the Performances, The Theatre of Marina Carr, Theatre Talk
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Olwen Fouéré is an Irish actress, director, and creative artist. A stage and screen actress, she had a prolific theatre career and has been seen in such TV shows as Above Suspicion, Striking Out, and Cursed; and movies like The Sleep of Death, The Other Side of Sleep, The Survivalist, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Daughter of Breton Nationalist Yann Fouéré

Olwen Fouéré was born in Ireland to Breton nationalist and European federalist Yann Fouéré and his wife Marie-Magdeleine Mauger.  


Olwen Fouéré was ranked #22 in The Irish Times' "List of Ireland's Greatest Film Actors" in 2020. After finishing her schooling at 16, Fouéré pursued a career in acting. She worked as a freelance performer and had multiple showings on such national and international theatres as the Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland; the Royal National Theatre in England, the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, France; the Sydney Theatre Company Australia, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC.  

Olwen Fouéré (left) in Blood Wedding at the Young Vic Theatre SOURCE: The Arts Desk

Fouéré is the founder of the avant-garde music group and theatre company, Operating Theatre, with music composer Roger Doyle. She also founded the TheEmergencyRoom, an artistic entity that helps with her ongoing artistic projects.     

Fouéré made her on-screen debut in the 1980s and had numerous appearances in Irish movies and TV shows. She has been seen on television in such shows as The Irish R.M., Screen Two, Above Suspicion, and The Feed

She is perhaps most known for playing the recurring character of Judge Mary Andrews in the first two seasons of the Irish legal drama series Striking Out.   

Olwen Fouéré as Yeva in Netflix's Cursed SOURCE: The Sun UK

Recently, Fouéré appears as Yeva in the Netflix fantasy drama series Cursed, starring  Katherine LangfordDevon TerrellGustaf Skarsgård, Catherine Walker, and Bella Dayne.     

Her notable movie appearances include The Sleep of Death, Saltwater, The Other Side of Sleep, This Must Be the Place, The Survivalist, and Mandy.

She also notably played Melusine in the 2018 Harry Potter spin-off/prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. starring Eddie RedmayneEzra MillerZoë Kravitz,  Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, among others.

Married to David Heap

Olwen Fouéré has been in a long-standing marriage to fellow Irish actor David Heap. Heap is most known for movies like St. Ives, The Professor and the Madman, and Byzantium.