Bernadette Quigley is a critically-acclaimed American actress. Her Dad was Irish and grew up in the Bronx, New York City and her Mom in Paris, France. Bernadette was raised in Peekskill, New York. She is one of eight children and the only one with the practical sense to choose the acting profession.Critics have praised Bernadette’s work as “outstanding” (John Simon, New York Magazine), “exquisite…exceedingly rich” (Dramalogue) and “powerful” (Andy Propst, TheatreMania). Jacques Le Sourd (Gannett Newspapers) described her as “a remarkable actress.” Quigley’s numerous guest-star and co-star television appearances include the recurring role of the Chaplain on Season 2 of Mr. Robot, The Blacklist, Chicago Justice, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, Unforgettable, Kings and films such as Jim Sheridan’s Oscar-nominated In America, Dream House, Heidi Philipsen & Jon Russell Cring’s Darcy, Flavio Alves’ The Garden Left Behind, Saskia Rifkin’s Can Hitler Happen Here?, Stuart Connelly’s The Suspect, Holger Ernst’s The House Is Burning, and Barbet Shroeder’s Before and After, where Bernadette shared screen time with luminaries like Rami Malek, Meryl Streep, Daniel Craig, Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Diego Klattenhoff, Ian McShane, Paddy Considine, William Sadler, Elisabeth Rohm, Eamonn Walker and Sam Waterston, among others.
Bernadette has also worked extensively in the theatre across the U.S. including a national tour of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, having understudied the Tony Award-winning play on Broadway. The New York Times singled out her performance as Chris as “strikingly good…with Ms. Quigley evincing uncontainable rapture”. Off-Broadway credits include Staci Swedeen’s The Goldman Project, directed by Joe Brancato (Abingdon Theatre); Marina Carr’s Portia Coughlan (Actors Studio), God of Vengeance (Jewish Repertory) and many leading roles at the Irish Arts Center in such plays as Billy Roche’s Poor Beast in the Rain and Kenneth Branagh’s Public Enemy, directed by Nye Heron.
Regionally Bernadette’s leading roles have ranged from ‘Lady Bird Johnson’ in Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, ‘Agnes’ in Tracy Letts’ Bug (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), ‘Maureen’ in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (opposite Eileen Brennan) (Virginia Stage) to Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse) for which she received the Cincinnati Enquirer Acclaim Award for Outstanding Actress. Bernadette has also performed at Williamstown Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Capital Repertory, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Triad Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Penguin Repertory and many others.
Quigley has narrated many audiobooks and commercial voiceovers, has read short stories for Symphony Space/PRI’s Selected Shorts broadcast alongside the late greats Isaiah Sheffer and David Rakoff, and is featured on Symphony Space’s 2010 Audie nominated A Touch of Magic CD as well as their Bloomsday on Broadway XXIV CD, which also features Stephen Colbert and many other stellar performers. Bernadette has also read poetry and short stories at Cornelia Street Cafe and recorded the entire Molly Bloom ‘Penelope’ monologue from James Joyce’s ULYSSES with actress/director/producer Caraid O’Brien, re-imagined as a duo dialogue for Radio Bloomsday, which was broadcast by WBAI.
Bernadette is also passionate about children’s literacy and is a volunteer reader for a 1st grade classroom in NYC as part of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s excellent BookPals program. Bernadette’s other ongoing creative passion is for the art of gardening and when time permits, is a gardener and garden designer known as The Constant Gardener.