Photo: Ste Murray

Cork Profile - Emma Rose Creaner

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up? I wanted to be a vet for the longest time.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today: I started performing in primary school doing little plays and musicals. I decided I wanted to be a professional actor when I was 17.

I applied to drama schools and got accepted into The Lir Academy and since then I’ve been acting professionally.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do? Getting to work with amazing people.

What motivates you? Becoming a better actor.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self? Pay attention to what you enjoy and pursue that with unbridled passion.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing? I would be a physicist.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date? Playing Mariane in ‘Tartuffe’ for The Abbey Theatre!

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life? My parents.

What is the life dream now? To work as an actor for as long as it fulfils me.

How do you switch off? I watch terrible television.

What is your favourite Cork memory? Ringing the Shandon Bells with my friends when I was 14.

What is your favourite place in Cork? The Crawford Art Gallery.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto? There is never nothing.

When are you at your happiest? When I make people laugh.

What is your hidden talent? I can make the noise of a dolphin underwater.

What might we be surprised to know about you? I can’t do a cartwheel.

Anything else you’d like to share with us? Tartuffe is on in the Cork Opera House from 9-13 May. I play Mariane.

It’s a spectacular dramatic comedy, fresh from the Abbey stage of the national theatre, where the villainous Tartuffe shocks and enthrals audiences with his deceptive powers.

In a new version of Molière’s Tartuffe retold for 2023 by Irish writer Frank McGuinness, directed by Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Caitríona McLaughlin, the 17th century classic is given an audacious contemporary makeover

Come see it! Visit


Name and position: Emma Rose Creaner, actor

Age: 26

Pets: 2 lovely dogs and 2 brilliant cats.

Favourite thing about Cork: The class people.

Least favourite thing about Cork: The fact that I don’t live there at the moment.

One thing you’d change about Cork: The weather.