|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||30 January 1987, Newry|
Valene Kane (born 30 January 1987) is a Northern Irish actress.
Kane is best known for playing Rose Stagg, the ex-girlfriend of serial killer Paul Spector, in The Fall on BBC Two. Kane played Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She is also known for her role in the BBC drama Thirteen. She starred as DS Lisa Merchant, described as “superb” by The Radio Times: “The former star of The Fall’s scenes […] are among the show’s most intriguing, simmering with sexual tension and professional frustration.”
Kane was born and raised in Newry, County Down, and was a pupil at Sacred Heart Grammar School and the Annmarie Morgan School of Dance. From the age of 15, she was part of the National Youth Theatre, most notably starring in their production of 20 Cigarettes. She left Northern Ireland for London at 18 and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Kane was cast in The Fading Light by the director Ivan Kavanagh after he spotted her in a short film, July, that was posted on YouTube. She was chosen partly for her successful experience with improvisation in the short film. 2013 saw her play Rose Stagg in the BBC’s TV series The Fall, and Dara in the comic Irish thriller Jump. Also in 2013, Kane played the title role in Strindberg’s Miss Julie at the newly founded Reading Rep.
Other film work Still Early, a short film which premiered at the Galway Film Festival. Kane’s work for the BBC in 2016 includes taking the lead in BBC3 drama Thirteen, the third series of The Fall, and an episode of Murder. Also that year, she played Lyra Erso, the protagonist’s mother, in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Kane has been seen on stage as Nance, in the Finborough Theatre’s production of Autumn Fire, The Love in Punchdrunk’s production The Black Diamond, which sold out “in mere minutes” and Lady Lydia Languish in The Rivals. She also played Girleen in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West in which one reviewer said “Kane gives Girleen a schoolgirl reality, her confident swagger and challenge covering the only genuine feelings for anyone else that the play possesses”.
|2009||The Fading Light||Yvonne||Winner of Best Irish Film 2010|
|2011||War Games: At the End of the Day||Monica|
|2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Lyra Erso|
|2013–present||The Fall||Rose Stagg|
|2016||Thirteen||D.S. Lisa Merchant|