After taking over the role of Mrs. Granger from actress Heather Bleasdale, she played Catelyn Stark on the HBO fantasy show Game of Thrones.
She became an actress while a member of the Ulster Youth Theatre, which she attended as a teenager.
She portrayed Nancy Phelan in an episode of the show Lovejoy.
Her parents, Brian and Theresa Fairley, were popular local publicans.
She played Dr. Ava Hessington in several episodes of the series Suits, starring Gabriel Macht.