Brenda Fricker (born 17 February 1945) is an Irish former actress, whose career spanned six decades on stage and screen. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1990, she became the first Irish actress to win an Academy Award, earning the award for Best Supporting Actress for the biopic My Left Foot (1989). As of 2014, she has tentatively retired from acting. In 2020, she was listed at number 26 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.