Rebecca Grimes

Dublin born Rebecca is a graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting’s Full-time actor training course.

Currently she can be seen playing the role of recurring character Hayley Collins in Ireland’s longest running soap Fair City.

Other Film and Television work includes BBC 1’s Ripper Street, The History Channels Vikings (Series 1 and 5), Fastnet Films signature short for The Irish Film Board Doghouse, Tilted Pictures The First Wave and My Whole Half Life for Octagon Films.

She recently completed filming on Melmoth – a short film featuring Olwen Fouéré.

Theatre Credits include the role of The Yellow Peril in Da (Gate Theatre), Village Wooing (Bewleys Café Theatre & Vikings Theatre) Durang Durang (Brazen Tales) Iron (The Complex) and The Kings Feet directed by Aoife Spillane Hinks for the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Rebecca took part in Bordeaux’s first Irish Arts Festival with Village Wooing and How He Lied To Her Husband, directed by Michael James Ford.

As a writer she recently enjoyed critical acclaim with her début play Mavericks at both Theatre Upstairs and Bewley’s Café Theatre.

She was previously featured in U Magazine in their rising talent feature as One To Watch.


Mavericks at Theatre Upstairs

“Grimes, who plays Chewie , and David Fennelly who plays Ben, are just so damned attractive, and have such good stage presence and discipline that you sit there and suffer with them through all the impossible dreams.. It’s charming lunchtime fare….” – Emer O’Kelly – Sunday Independent

“It has the endearingly self-satirising concept of two young people putting on a show about two young people putting on a show, but these two tackle it with such enthusiasm, such adept skill and such tongue-in-cheek humour that it becomes impossible to be anything but charmed by their performances. Rebecca Grimes and David Fennelly work with great precision at a frenetic pace and with excellent comic timing.” – Michael Moffatt, The Irish Mail on Sunday

“We’ve had plays about actors before, but Mavericks enthusiastically pushes it one step further… a play about actors making a play about making a play. Mavericks depicts their struggles through a series of speedy vignettes… Fellow actor Nick Lee directs, and while the genesis of the play could have resulted in in-jokes and navel-gazing, the piece is made for a general audience.” – Eithne Shorthall, The Sunday Times

“It is riotous fun and Grimes and her co-author David Farrell are to be congratulated on the text… Mavericks is an hour of joy which has been created out of the far from joyous facts that many young emerging talented actors are in the same situation as Ben and Chewie- out of work. Mavericks is a delight; a silk purse has been made out of a sow’s ear. A splendid piece of theatre.” – No More Work Horse

Village Wooing at Bewleys Café Theatre

“A near-perfect choice for lunchtime viewing… Grimes and Gaynor deliver endearing performances” – The Sunday Times

“Rebecca Grimes, charming and evenly-judged as the insouciant pursuer of a frigid male”.  -The Irish Times

“Grimes is clearly at ease in this scandalously cheeky role that requires a great deal of poise and verbal dexterity” – Irish Theatre Magazine

“The statuesque Grimes, with her loose bob of golden hair and pale skin is radiant with fixed purpose, positively glowing with the conviction that she’ll eventually get what she wants. There’s a wonderful girlish joyfulness about her and her pursuit of her chosen man, though she’s occasionally surprised by her own determination” -The Independent

Da at The Gate Theatre

“The scene in which young Charlie attempts to seduce Mary Tate (Grimes) is  a comic gem” – Metro Herald

Durang Durang at The Pearse Centre

“Rebecca Grimes is fabulous in her breathy and busty depiction of the over-sexed nurse, overshadowing any possible line-crossing with her lewd hilarity.” –

Iron at The Complex

“The mother and daughter are bookended by the prison guards, convincingly portrayed by David Gorry and Rebecca Grimes…. two secondary characters that are as well developed and complex as the main protagonists and never superfluous.”  –


Latest News


Rebecca Grimes in Village Wooing in Listowel


Rebecca Grimes will be appearing in a one-off production of Village Wooing at St.Johns Theatre and Art Centre, Listowel. The performance as part of their February Programme , will take place on the 18th Feb. For more info see here

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Rebecca Grimes back on screen in Fair City


Have you caught mischievous Hayley Collins played by Rebecca Grimes, back in Carrigstown yet? Tune in this week and next or catch up with all the latest episodes on the RTE Player here

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Village Wooing back by popular demand!


Bernard Shaws classic romantic comedy returns to the Viking Theatre by Popular demand! Featuring Rebecca Grimes, the show will run in Clontarf from 9th-20th June. For bookings and more details see here

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