Denise Gough is an Irish actress born in 1980, training at the Academy of Live and Recording Arts. Gough started her London theatre career in By the Bog of Cats and As You Like It, both at the Wyndham's Theatre. She then performed in off-West End shows including Our New Girl at the Bush Theatre and in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
Following this success, she starred as Julia in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2014 which was filmed and broadcast on BBC4. Gough also performed in Duncan Macmillan’s People Places and Things at the National Theatre in 2015, playing a recovering drug addict. For People Places and Things, Gough won the Olivier Award for Best Actress.
She has also appeared in the 2010 epic war film Robin Hood alongside Russell Crowe and Mark Strong, Kimmy's Hall and The Kid. On television, she's been in Stella, Silent Witness and What Remains.
She returned to stage in 2017 in Angels in America alongside Russell Tovey, Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield at the National Theatre. For her performance as Harper Pitt, she won the Olivier for Best Supporting Actress.