Busy, glamorous, proactive, Caroline in Nowhere Fast is bemused by her exacting, troubled daughter but determined to do her best. An Irish mother with attitude.
As Patricia Hennessy in Red Rock, Cathy plays Irish TV’S most steelyeyed matriarch; woe-betide anyone, garda or rival, who threatens her children.
Sister Claire in Philomena is all vicious machination hidden behind a calm voice and cups of tea. With oh-so-much regret, she explains that all adoption records were destroyed in a fire. A lie, of course.
Lucy Reilly, the vet in Glenroe, was the part that weaned Cathy back into acting.
A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman, with Kate Winslet, tells of the construction of the Gardens of Versailles. Cathy plays Louise.