Victoria Smurfit (born 3rd January 1974) is an Irish actress.

Early life [edit]Edit

She is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsor a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin (UCD). She was educated at two Anglican schools, Saint Columba's College, Dublin and St. George's School, Ascot, England. She did an A level in theatre studies and then went to the Bristol Old Vic theatre school.

Career [edit]Edit

Smurfit gained fame for her role as Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel. Since 2003, she has taken over from Kate Buffery in the lead role in Trial & Retribution as DCI Roisin Connor. She has also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi. Smurfit appeared in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple TV episode The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side. She also appeared in a small role in the movie The Beach and appeared at the Irish Premiere of the movie as its "star" as none of the other "stars" turned up.

Personal life [edit]Edit

Smurfit married advertising executive Douglas Baxter on 29 July 2000, and gave birth to her first child, daughter Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2004. A second daughter, Ridley Belle Baxter was born in May 2007. Their third child and first son was born in November 2008 and named Flynn Alexander Baxter.

She writes an opinion blog for The Dubliner, which often features anecdotes from her personal life. and is a patron of the children's charity World Vision Ireland.

Selected credits [edit]Edit

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Ivanhoe Rowena Television series
1998 Berkeley Square Hannah Randall Television series
Ballykissangel Orla O'Connell 2 series, 1998–1999
2000 The Wedding Tackle (film) Clodagh Feature film
The Beach Weather girl Feature film
North Square Dr. Helen Ferryhough One series, 10 episodes
Cold Feet Jane Fitzpatrick Recurring role, 2000–2001
2002 About a Boy Suzie Feature film
2003 Bulletproof Monk Nina Feature film
Trial & Retribution DCI Roisin Connor 2003–2009
2011 Marple Ella Blunt 1 episode ("The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side")
2006 The Shell Seekers Olivia Keeling Mini-series
2009 The Clinic Dr. Edel Swift TV Series

She also acted as a villain in one episode of Missing in 2011

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