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Call The Midwife star Megan Cusack is a member of a legendary acting dynasty

Call The Midwife star Megan Cusack is a member of a legendary acting dynasty

Actress Megan Cusack is set to make her debut on Call The Midwife as the young Irish nurse Nancy Corrigan

But the rising star, 24, is no stranger to crossing paths with big names, given she is a member of the Cusack acting dynasty which has produced an slew of screen and stage thespians.

Among them is the respected theatre star Niamh Cusack who she boasts as an aunt, as well as her uncle Jeremy, who has appeared in a slew of big roles including The Lion King and Die Hard With A Vengeance.

Coming soon: Call The Midwife star Megan Cusack has been revealed to be a member of the much-respected Cusack acting dynasty

Ahead of her screen debut, Megan told The Mirror she does feel the pressure to succeed in her pursuit of acting thanks to her famous family.

She said: ‘There are two sides to it and – not from them – but you do feel a certain pressure. 

‘It’s the worry people think you’re only getting somewhere because of them but then the benefit is they know the industry so well. 

‘It was the first bit of TV, proper kind of something that I was doing. The biggest challenge was just keeping the nerves in check.’ 

Screen star: The actress' aunt Niamh Cusack had a three-year stint on 60s police drama Heartbeat in the 1990s, and recently had a guest spot in BBC's Death In Paradise

Screen star: The actress’ aunt Niamh Cusack had a three-year stint on 60s police drama Heartbeat in the 1990s, and recently had a guest spot in BBC’s Death In Paradise

Iconic: Megan also boasts Oscar winner Jeremy Irons as an uncle, who is known for a slew of big Hollywood roles

Iconic: Megan also boasts Oscar winner Jeremy Irons as an uncle, who is known for a slew of big Hollywood roles

Period drama: The rising star will make her debut later in Call The Midwife's 10th series as young pupil nurse Nancy Corrigan

Period drama: The rising star will make her debut later in Call The Midwife’s 10th series as young pupil nurse Nancy Corrigan

Who are the Cusack acting dynasty? 

Call The Midwife newcomer Megan Cusack is a member of the Cusack acting dynasty which boasts some of the most respected names in the industry.

But who are they? Here’s a look at some of the member’s of Megan’s famous family. 

NIAMH CUSACK 

Niamh is a veteran stage actress who has appeared in multiple productions for the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

She also had a three-year stint on 60s police drama Heartbeat in the 1990s, as well as a guest spot on BBC’s Death In Paradise.

Niamh is married to Dublin-born actor Finbar Lynch who has had a slew of recurring appearances including Game Of Thrones, Foyle’s War and Inspector George Gently. 

SORCHA CUSACK

Sorcha, 72, appeared in Coronation Street as Helen Connor and most recently the BBC daytime series Father Brown which focuses on a Roman Catholic Priest who assists in murder investigations.

In 2011 she also played Hillary Nicholson in the first series of Mrs Brown’s Boys, and she also briefly starred on Casualty in the mid-1990s.

SINEAD CUSACK

Sinéad was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and won the Critic’s Circle and Evening Standard Awards for her performance in Our Lady of Sligo.

She has also earned two nominations for Tony Awards, for Much Ado About Nothing in 1985 and again in Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well as five Olivier Award nominations.

Among her television work was an appearance in ITV’s Marcella, and the miniseries North And South, and she has been married to respected star Jeremy Irons since 1978.

JEREMY IRONS 

Jeremy himself is no stranger to the big screen, having famously voiced Scar in the 1994 film The Lion King, and played the villainous Simon Gruber in the third Die Hard film in the series.

He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1990 for his performance in Reversal of Fortune, and has also received a Tony, three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.

Jeremy has also starred in Shakespeare productions including The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard II, and most recently has played Alfred Pennyworth in the DC Cinematic Universe.

MAX IRONS

Jeremy and Sinéad’s son Max has become a well-known actor in his own right with various TV and film roles.

He starred in the 2017 drama film The Wife as well as the 2016 ITV miniseries Tutankhamun.

Max also married Tatler fashion director Sophie Pera in 2019.

CATHERINE CUSACK 

Megan’s fourth aunt Catherine is best known for playing the demented Nanny Carmel Finnan in Coronation Street from 1992 to 1993.

She has also had a selection of stage roles including King Lear and Mill on the Floss. 

CALAM LYNCH  

Megan’s cousin Calam, who is the son of Niamh Cusack and Finbar Lynch, is set to join the cast of Netflix’s Bridgerton for its upcoming second series, and he has previously appeared in the Christopher Nolan war epic Dunkirk.

Megan is the niece of four acting sisters, Niamh, Sorcha, Sinead and Catherine Cusack, with the first being a veteran stage actress who has appeared in multiple productions for the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Niamh, 31, also had a three-year stint on 60s police drama Heartbeat in the 1990s, and recently had a guest spot in BBC’s Death In Paradise.

She is married to Dublin-born actor Finbar Lynch who has had a slew of recurring appearances including Game Of Thrones, Foyle’s War and Inspector George Gently.

Lauded: She is the niece of respected theatre actress Sinead Cusack, who was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Lauded: She is the niece of respected theatre actress Sinead Cusack, who was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Acclaimed: Sinéad has also earned two nominations for Tony Awards, for Much Ado About Nothing in 1985 and again in Rock 'n' Roll in 2008

Acclaimed: Sinéad has also earned two nominations for Tony Awards, for Much Ado About Nothing in 1985 and again in Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2008

Mr and Mrs: She has been married to Jeremy since 1978, and they even co-starred together in the film Waterland (pictured in 2016)

Mr and Mrs: She has been married to Jeremy since 1978, and they even co-starred together in the film Waterland (pictured in 2016)

Megan’s aunt Sorcha, 72, has appeared in Coronation Street as Helen Connor and most recently the BBC daytime series Father Brown which focuses on a Roman Catholic Priest who assists in murder investigations.

In 2011 she also played Hillary Nicholson in the first series of Mrs Brown’s Boys, and she also briefly starred on Casualty in the mid-1990s.

Her third aunt Sinéad was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and won the Critic’s Circle and Evening Standard Awards for her performance in Our Lady of Sligo.

Taking to the stage: She is pictured starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet opposiute Sean Bean

Taking to the stage: She is pictured starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet opposiute Sean Bean

She has also earned two nominations for Tony Awards, for Much Ado About Nothing in 1985 and again in Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well as five Olivier Award nominations.

Among her television work was an appearance in ITV’s Marcella, and the miniseries North And South.

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Sinéad has also been married to respected star Jeremy Irons since 1978, with the pair even co-starring in the 1992 film Waterland.

Jeremy himself is no stranger to the big screen, having famously voiced Scar in the 1994 film The Lion King, and played the villainous Simon Gruber in the third Die Hard film in the series.

Performer: Megan's aunt Sorcha, 72, has appeared in Coronation Street as Helen Connor and most recently the BBC daytime series Father Brown (pictured in 2009)

Performer: Megan’s aunt Sorcha, 72, has appeared in Coronation Street as Helen Connor and most recently the BBC daytime series Father Brown (pictured in 2009)

He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1990 for his performance in Reversal of Fortune, and has also received a Tony, three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.

Jeremy has also starred in Shakespeare productions including The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard II, and most recently has played Alfred Pennyworth in the DC Cinematic Universe.

His and Sinéad’s son Max Irons, 35, has also become a well-known actor in his own right, and starred in the 2017 drama film The Wife as well as the 2016 ITV miniseries Tutankhamun. 

Megan’s fourth aunt Catherine is best known for playing the demented Nanny Carmel Finnan in Coronation Street from 1992 to 1993, and has also had a selection of stage roles including King Lear and Mill on the Floss.

Her cousin Calam Lynch is set to join the cast of Netflix’s Bridgerton for its upcoming second series, and he has previously appeared in the Christopher Nolan war epic Dunkirk.

Megan’s grandparents Maureen and Cyril were also praised actors during their heyday, becoming two of the biggest names of the 1940s. 

TV favourite: Catherine Cusack has also had a selection of stage roles including King Lear and Mill on the Floss

TV favourite: Catherine Cusack has also had a selection of stage roles including King Lear and Mill on the Floss

Freaky: She is best known for playing the demented Nanny Carmel Finnan in Coronation Street from 1992 to 1993

Freaky: She is best known for playing the demented Nanny Carmel Finnan in Coronation Street from 1992 to 1993

Actor: Megan's grandparents Maureen and Cyril (pictured) were also praised actors during their heyday, becoming two of the biggest names of the 1940s

Actor: Megan’s grandparents Maureen and Cyril (pictured) were also praised actors during their heyday, becoming two of the biggest names of the 1940s

Cyril appeared in a long list of film and television productions in a career that spenned seven decades, including roles in Fahrenheit 451 and the 1973 television film Catholics.

His last stage performance was in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, which also starred three of his daughters before his death in 1993 at the age of 82.

Cyril’s first wife Maureen, who died in 1977, was best known for her roles in the 1947 film Odd Man Out and the 1971 war film Von Richthofen and Brown.

She also appeared in theatrical productions for The Viscount of Blarney in 1944, and Wife to James Whelan three years later.

It comes after Call The Midwife bosses confirmed that the much-loved drama will return for three more series after its series 10 premiere. 

TV star: Jeremy and Sinéad's son Max has become a well-known actor in his own right with various TV and film roles including The Wife and Tutankhamun

TV star: Jeremy and Sinéad’s son Max has become a well-known actor in his own right with various TV and film roles including The Wife and Tutankhamun

Together: He also married Tatler fashion director Sophie Pera in 2019

Together: He also married Tatler fashion director Sophie Pera in 2019

The show is set in the 1950s and 1960s in London’s East End – and focuses on a group of midwives in a nursing convent. 

A TV source told the Sun: ‘Call The Midwife may have been around for nearly a decade but it is still going strong and providing the Beeb with a Sunday night ratings winner.

‘There was no way the corporation were going to axe a show which has such a strong following and so much more scope for story lines.’

‘Continuing the show into series 12 and 13 sees the programme enter one of the most exciting periods in recent history.’

Call The Midwife continues on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One. 

Exciting: It comes after Call The Midwife bosses confirmed that the much-loved drama will return for three more series after its series 10 premiere

Exciting: It comes after Call The Midwife bosses confirmed that the much-loved drama will return for three more series after its series 10 premiere


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