Janet Behan
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Janet Behan

Janet Behan (22 July 1954) is an English writer and actress.


Behan was born in London, the daughter of Dublin-born playwright Brian Behan & Celia Behan, great niece of the songwriter Peadar Kearney (author of Amhrán na bhFiann, the Irish National Anthem), and niece of the writers Brendan Behan and Dominic Behan. Her husband is the television director Dermot Boyd. Her siblings include journalist Rosemary Behan, [1] writer and musician Ruth Behan, [2] and poet Daniel Tobias Behan [3].

Behan trained first as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and appeared in numerous theatrical plays and on television, including a role in Eastenders and productions at the National Theatre.[4][5]

In 2011, her play Brendan At The Chelsea was produced at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, with Adrian Dunbar starring. The production went on to tour New York and Dublin, to critical acclaim.[6][7][8]

The play was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014, and Behan appeared in an RTE television documentary 'Brendan Behan - The Roaring Boy', alongside Adrian Dunbar.[9][10][11]

In 2016, Behan premiered her new one-woman play 'Realtine / Noreen' at the Camden Fringe, Tristan Bates theatre.[12]


  1. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/r/rosemary-behan/
  2. ^ https://literatureworks.org.uk/we-have-selected-two-writers-from-the-south-west-to-be-included-in-common-people-an-anthology-of-working-class-writers/
  3. ^ https://soundcloud.com/the-irish-post/london-calling-ep-5-daniel-tobias-behan
  4. ^ "Janet Behan".
  5. ^ "Berlin Associates".
  6. ^ "Theatre review: Brendan at the Chelsea at Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast". Britishtheatreguide.info. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2013-09-08). "Adrian Dunbar Is Brendan Behan in Brendan at the Chelsea, Opening Sept. 8 Off-Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved .
  8. ^ By ANDY WEBSTERSEPT. 23, 2013 (2013-10-06). "'Brendan at the Chelsea,' an Import From Belfast - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/iur.2014.0102
  10. ^ "http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/brendan-behan-the-roaring-boy-30003106/10528073/
  11. ^ "http://www.popflock.com/video?id=FbKUS99zm58
  12. ^ Realtine | Noreen – Tristan Bates Theatre, London (2016-08-24). "Realtine | Noreen - Tristan Bates Theatre, London". Thereviewshub.com. Retrieved .CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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