Clare Dunne


Clare is a writer and actress based in Ireland and the UK.  Winner of IFTA 2021 for Best Script – Film  2021 with Malcolm Campbell and chosen as one of Variety’s Top Ten Screenwriters to watch in 2020,  Clare’s first feature Herself premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.  Starring Dunne, it is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia, The Iron Lady) and co-produced by  Element Pictures Production and Merman Films with support from Screen Ireland & BBC Films.  Following the premiere Amazon snapped up the US rights. Her latest short film One Good Conversation premiered at DIFF 2023.

For stage, Clare’s successful one woman theatrical show Sure Look It Fuck It, produced by Thisispopbaby, was originally written as part of the Where We Live Festival and has since enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin.  Clare is much in demand as a writer and collaborator, she is currently an Associate Artist for Thisispopbaby,  and is developing new TV and film projects alongside her stellar acting career.

Featured work


Merman Films/Element Pictures/Screen Ireland/BBC Films.
Screenplay by Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, Sharon Horgan

I’m convinced this inspirational Dublin-set drama could go all the way…Don’t be surprised if people are still talking about “Herself” this time next year, when Lloyd could be the sixth woman to break the Oscars’ glass ceiling.”  Variety

One Good Conversation

MDV/Let There Be Films
Writer/ Director: Clare Dunne

This is a backwards love story exploring the seismic shifts one conversation can do to our lives and how maybe our biggest mistakes give us a journey we were really seeking.

Premiered at DIFF 2023

Sure Look It, Fuck It

Written & performed by Clare Dunne
Director: Tom Creed
Composer: Ailbhe Dunne
Sound Design: Ivan Birthistle

“Dunne has already made an impact as a fine actor… this writing-singing-rapping début offers the additional pleasure of witnessing an artist finding her own voice.” ★★★★ The Irish Times

“The time spent developing Sure Look It, Fuck It was well spent; turning the story of an average woman into something that is both relatable and a tiny bit magical. Dunne positively fizzes and pops with energy from beginning to end.” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub


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