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Grainne comes from a passionately musical family. Her Irish father was a gifted singer and taught all five of his children to sing from a very young age.
Grainne's singing career started in Ireland as a young recording artist releasing several singles for which she won Irish Television and Radio's Best Newcomer Award.
In 1984 she decided to audition for a new musical in Dublin called Voices where she was cast in the lead role of Joan of Arc playing opposite Colm Wilkinson. This was the start of her long career in Music Theatre.
After Voices, Grainne returned to England to star as Janet in the UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Whilst on tour, Grainne had the unique opportunity to audition for Michael Bennett (Tony Award winning director of A Chorus Line) who cast her in the original production of Chess marking her West End debut. Starting as an understudy to Elaine Paige, Grainne later went on to star in the role herself as Florence. From Chess, Grainne was cast as Fantine in the iconic West End production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre. She was invited back to play the role on three separate occasions making her the longest holder of this coveted role on the West End Stage.
Subsequent West End Roles include playing Giulietta Trapani opposite Sarah Brightman in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre and the role of Ellen in Drury Lane's Miss Saigon.
Grainne has also performed extensively in Germany starring in the Hamburg production of Cats playing Grizabella as well as being cast as the original Ellen in the Stutgart production of Miss Saigon where she can be heard on the German Cast recording.
Grainne has been a frequent guest artist at Andrew Lloyd Webber's prestigious Sydmonton festival where she was invited by Sir Tim Rice to sing the role of Marie in his production of Tycoon as well as being asked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play opposite Michael Ball as Giulietta Trapani in his first presentation production of Aspects of Love.
Grainne has worked extensively as a solo concert artist worldwide and can be seen playing the role of the Factory Girl in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's 25th Anniversary filmed concert version of Les Miserables at the O2 Arena in London, shown in cinemas and theatres globally.
Grainne recently moved to New York where she lives with her son Ciaran, a drama student at the prestigious La Guardia Performing Arts High School, and her husband Daniel Bowling, a music supervisor, director and author of ‘Auditions Undressed’ and ‘So You Want to Be in Musicals’.