Rebecca Grimes

Rebecca is best known for her role as Hayley Collins in Fair City,  where she has been a series regular on the soap for nine years.

She also appeared as Kelly in Damo & Ivor The Movie. 

Other Film and Television work includes The Doireann ProjectRipper Street, Vikings, and My Whole Half Life. 

Rebecca most recently appeared on stage in EASTLAND, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Eastland had its world premiere in August 2023 and was directed by acclaimed American Director Anne Bogart.

Other theatre credits include The 24 Hour Plays at The Abbey Theatre,  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 enjoyed critical acclaim with her début play Mavericks at both Theatre Upstairs and Bewley’s Café Theatre, in which she also played the role of Chewie.

Rebecca also appeared onstage at The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray in her one-woman work-in-development show FELLAS.

Radio work includes Shirley Temple Killer Queen directed by Gorretti Slavin for RTÉ Drama on One.




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.”  –


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Rebecca Grimes in Eastland


Rebecca Grimes is currently onstage at The Samuel Beckett Theatre in Eastland.

Directed by Anne Bogart and written by Jocelyn Clarke, Eastland explores how we remember and why we forget some terrible events but not others. The Collective Theatre’s new show uses storytelling, found objects, and live performance to recreate the events before and after the sudden capsizing of the passenger ship SS Eastland in front of thousands of people in the middle Chicago.

Limited run until September 3rd
Tickets available here

Rebecca Grimes in FELLAS at Mermaid Pop Up


Frontline Client Rebecca Grimes will be performing a work-in-progress showing of her new one woman show “Fellas” at Mermaid Pop up. Rebecca is collaborating with fellow Fair City actor Nyree Yergainharsian on the creation of the piece. Mermaid Pop Up runs for one night only on 13th July.

For more info and tickets see here

Rebecca Grimes on The Six O Clock Show


Did you see Rebecca Grimes on The Six O’Clock Show on TV3 last night? Don’t worry you can catch up here!

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