Doreen Keogh



Real name:
Born: Dublin
Married: yes



Played: Concepta Regan (1960 - 1975)

Doreen Keogh was born in Dublin and after leaving school at the age of fifteen she trained at the Abbey Theatre School before moving to London. Whilst working in repertory theatre she met and married her first husband in 1954. In 1960 she joined the cast of Coronation Street as barmaid Concepta Riley. Doreen fell for her on-screen husband, actor Ivan Beavis and the couple began dating. In 1964 they were both axed from the show but teamed up with former Street actors Frank Pemberton, Ruth Holden and Lynne Carol and toured in a farce written by Coronation Street writers Vince Powell and John Finch called Coronation Street On The Road. The tour was a failure.

In a packed career spanning over 45 years Doreen has worked extensively on stage along with seasons with Lord Longford's company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Bristol Old Vic, The Gate Theatre, The Abbey Theatre and The Almeida. She has also toured England, Americia and Ireland. Stage productions include Shadow Of A Gunman, Ducking Out, Juno and The Paycock, Look Out Here Comes Trouble, Once A Catholic, Summer, Heartbreak House and Purple Dust.

On television she continued making appearances in Coronation Street as Concepta until 1975. Her other television roles include Mrs Sagoo in Never Say Die, Mrs Beatty in Hot Metal, Alice in Black Silk, Mary Walker in Inside Out, Mrs Gormley in Blue Money and Sister Esmeralda in The Life Of Riley. She also made appearances in It Could Happen To Anybody, They Cry, Selwyn Froggett, New Scotland Yard, Mother Makes Five, The Plough and the Stars, Taking Leave and Z Cars.

Her film work includes Beryl in Take It Or Leave It, Mary in Two A Penny, Emma in Darling Lili, Mrs Truscott in To The Lighthouse, Landlady in Lamb, Mrs Buckley in Widows Peak, Nonie in Brylcreem Boys and Mother Superior in Some Mothers Son. She also appeared in the films Zoo Baby, The Christmas Tree and the mini series The Old Curiosity Shop.

More recently Doreen has had great stage success as Patsy in Back Sides To The Wind, Kate in Moses Rock, Anna in The Last Ones and Julia in Hedda Garbler. She returned to soap when she took the role of Mary O'Hanlon in the Irish soap Fair City, a role she played for six years. She also appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel as Imelda Egan, Mary in the BBC comedy Moving and Ma Kelly in the comedy Pie In The Sky; Cold Feet (Granada, 1998) as Pete's mum; The Royle Family (Granada for BBC2 & 1, 1998-1999) as Mary Carroll

Doreen lives in County Wicklow, Ireland with her husband, four dogs, 12 hens, 2 donkeys and a cockerel.







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