Cronin is an award winning actress and writer.
As an actress she has had numerous film, TV, stage, radio, voice over and narration credits to her name.
Film roles include: Mary in the Academy Award® winning
The Shore (Directed by Terry George
and also starring Ciaran Hinds, Kerry Condon and Conleth Hill); Alice Weller in Whole Lotta Sole (again directed by Terry George); Sinéad in
A Belfast Story(directed by Nathan Todd, released in
2013) and Sylvia in To Lose Control (directed by Marty Stalker, released in 2013)
In 2000- 2004, she starred in Doctors (BBC1 TV), playing the role of Kate McGuire for over 600 episodes. The show won a British Soap Award in May 2004 and was nominated for BAFTA and RTS Awards. Other television roles include Mrs. McGinley in the BAFTA winning United(BBC2 NI), episodes of The Bill(ITV); Holby City(BBC1); The Clinic(RTÉ); Scapegoat(BBC NI); and Marú(TG4)
On stage she has performed in the West End, toured throughout Ireland and the UK , Europe, USA, and Pakistan. She has performed regularly at The Lyric Theatre Belfast- including 1974 The End of The Year Show; Give Me Your Answer Do; Shadowlands; Jane Eyre; Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Playboy of The Western World;The Crucible; After Easter.
Alongside her acting credits, recognition for Maggie’s writing has been steadily growing. Her first one woman play, A Most Notorious Woman, won the Stewart Parker Trust/ BBC Radio Drama Award in 1995 and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary at Annaghmakerrig in 1996. Since its premiere twenty four years ago at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Maggie has performed and
toured the show to great acclaim in Ireland, the UK, and the USA.
A Most Notorious Womanwas published by Lagan Press in 2004
Her second one woman play, Greenstick Boy,premiered at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has subsequently been performed at the Out to Lunch Festival Belfast and Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin for ABSOLUT Fringe. In March 2013 Maggie will be performing the show at the Bozar Theatre Brussels, and The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe as part of an
Arts Council Northern Ireland showcase.
She has written many short stories, including Phoenix Rising - read by Richard Dormer and broadcast by BBC R4; Old Year’s Night - Short story, read by Maggie and broadcast by BBC Radio Ulster: She has also scripted a short film (Only Connect)
Maggie is currently working on several new plays and pieces: a new project about Ulster Suffragettes which will be performed at Belfast City Hall in March 2013 as part of the “Decade of Centenaries” commemorations. She is the recipient of an Arts Council Northern Ireland “Support for The Individual Artist Award” which is funding the research and writing of her next play The Handsome Cabin Girl, set in Eighteenth Century Belfast. Her play, Kitty Gulliver,will be premiered next year.