Olivia Nash has been a familiar face and voice to Northern Ireland audiences for over 60 years. She has a wide range of credits across radio, TV, Theatre and advertisements.
Olivia began her professional theatre career with James Young in the Group Theatre between 1963-71. Subsequent stage highlights have included North American tours with the theatre company Charabanc, an Irish tour of the Hugh Leonard masterpiece 'Da' produced by Lenox Robinson and a successful run of 'The Vagina monologues' across Ireland. Pantomime seasons have included both the Grand Opera House with May McFettridge and the Waterfront Hall and the annual Give My Head Peace tour which has been running for over twenty five years and have firmly established Olivia as a firm audience favourite.
Olivia's advertisement credits include the famous Spar 'Fred there's no bread' campaign, for which she won an Aisling for best performance. The campaign was revived for Spar's 60th anniversary in Northern Ireland and once again the famous catch phrase could be heard. Olivia was also part of the NI Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign.
Film credits include Mad About Mambo, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland and Closing the Ring.
Olivia has been part of Northern Ireland TV drama from its beginnings with the Billy Plays. Other TV credits include The Hidden Curriculum, Tea in a China Cup, Sailortown and The Show. For the last twenty five years Olivia has been the popular matriarch 'Ma' in Give my Head Peace.
In her private life, Olivia is a Vice President of Northern Ireland Hospice and received an MBE in 2006 for her services to charity.