Geraldine is originally from County Armagh. She trained with Kirsten Sheridan, Shimmy Marcus, Lance Daly and Maureen Hughes during the one year Screen Acting Programme in The Factory (now Bow Street) and with the Gaiety School of Acting and the Focus Theatre. She is a member of The Actor’s Studio in Bow Street.
Film credits include the features The Secret Scripture, The Truth Commissioner, How to be Happy, ANTON and Portrait of a Zombie (Winner of the 2013 Underground Film Festival’s Best Independent Feature award). Geraldine’s performance in Portrait of a Zombie led to her being long listed for an IFTA for Best Actress in a leading role in a feature film in 2013.
Geraldine’s TV acting credits include the IFTA winning Red Rock and Cumann na mBan 100 as well as Scup and RTE’s children’s show Spooky Stakeout.
Geraldine’s recent theatre credits include Remember to Breathe (Dublin Fringe 2015), Friendly Fire, Mary Stuart, Beyond Therapy!, Philidelphia Here I come!, and various characters in the longplay improv Spoonfed (Dublin Fringe 2005).
Geraldine’s directing credits include the plays Orphans, The New York Monologues and The Cripple of Inishmaan and the short film Helmets.
Her writing credits include Knowing (included in Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland) and the short films The Crack and Any Given Night (which she co-wrote).
Her film production credits include Enough (selected for screening at the 2015 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival).
Geraldine is one of the two founding members of Alchemy 8 Productions whose production of Orphans was highlighted as one of the theatre highlights in Dublin for 2015.
Geraldine can be seen later this year in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, the BBC’s The Truth Commissioner and again in Red Rock.
Reviews for Acting – Portrait of a Zombie
The standout performance is absolutely from Billy’s mum played very sympathetically by Geraldine McAlinden. Her moments of tenderness with Billy show true motherly love, and then turn absolutely sinister in a way I cannot divulge for fear of spoiling the most intense moment in the film. The Quiet Earth
…led by the excellent McAlinden as Billy’s protective mum and Mullen as his fierce father… The result is a flawed yet funny zombie mockumentary (a zockumentary?), which paints the paranoid sniping of smalltown life with a novel brush. Unlike so many low-budget horrors, Portrait of a Zombie adds a splash of colour to a fading genre … i-flicks.net
Geraldine McAlinden’s performance as the mother brings out both blind hope and pity for her character. The viewer lacks the heart to challenge Billy’s mother’s conviction despite evidence to the contrary. Beyondchron.org
“Interviews with the neighbours are added to those with the Murphy family, which revolves around Geraldine McAlinden’s stirling matriarch Lizzy… McAlinden’s committed mother Murphy is the standout among the other performances…It also leads to one of the film’s more horrific moments. While the roaming zombies are the usual lurching lunchers, McAlinden’s and one other scene deliver the roughest stuff. “ Eye For Film
The parents, Danny and Lizzy Murphy (played by Rory Mullen and Geraldine McAlinden) have some of the best comedic lines, making them believable as people trying to raise their undead child in his “condition.” Fan Boy Nation
The script and the acting in PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE are what makes this film worth watching…I really found the performances by Billy’s mother, Lizzy Murphy (Geraldine McAlinden) and his father Danny Murphy (Rory Mullen), to be the some of the finer performances. They really gave believable testimonies and revealed tender characters who have extremely proud loyalty to their zombie son and their family.shui8zmz.com
Cinequest Top Picks “…supremely loving parents (perfectly pitched performances by Geraldine McAlinden and Rory Mullen) talk with touching sincerity about their son’s plight. The empathy quotient runs high until we actually meet Billy, who needs a Hannibal Lecter mask and grappling hooks to keep him from devouring the cameraman. Metro Active
Reviews for Writing
Knowing – Tiny Plays for Ireland 2 Geraldine McAlinden’s Knowing is a beautiful and honest piece dealing with a woman’s preparation/reaction to her mother’s imminent death. Entertainment.ie
… a moving mediation on illness in conventional monologue form from Geraldine McAlinden in Knowing Irish Theatre Magazine
My favourite of the night is also one of the most heartbreaking. Your mother has cancer and not long to live. How do you deal with this, especially when you’re advised not to tell her? World Irish
Reviews for Directing – The New York Monologues – The Irish Theatre Magazine
Geraldine McAlinden’s direction emphasises energy and attention to detail of characterization. There is a strong sense of ensemble playing; good work on tableaux and mime – compensating for the bare playing space, by pitching the actors out front, eye-balling the audience… it’s a play alive with laughter, but it also has power to provoke reflection.” The Irish Theatre Magazine
Frontline members Geraldine McAlinden, Sharon Coade and Juliette Crosbie are about to start filming the new Filmbase feature film Writing Home this coming week. Filming is due to start in Carlingford this coming Tuesday. The film also stars well known stand-up comedian Tony Kelly and Caoimhe O’Malley. The film is aiming to premiere at this years Galway Film Fleadh. You can read more about the film here.
This weekend saw the general release of Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Secret Scripture’. With Frontline’s Geraldine McAlinden playing the role of Sister Mary Bernadette.
Check it out at a cinema near you!
Our own Geraldine Mc Alinden returns this week as Doctor Laura Martin in TV3’s Red Rock. Make sure to catch it!