Victoria Smurfit
Victoria Smurfit
Date of Birth
 1974, Dublin, Ireland
Spouse Douglas Baxter (29 July 2000 - present)
Her uncle is Michael Smurfit, one of Ireland's richest men and owner of one of the world's largest paper and cardboard makers.
She gave birth to her first child with husband Doug, a daughter, Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland. Evie weighed in at 7lbs 1oz. [2 November 2004]
She and her husband Douglas are expecting their second baby in March 2007.
Alternate Names: Vicky Smurfit / Victoria Smurfitt



1. "Trial & Retribution XVIII: Kill the King" (2008) (mini) TV mini-series (post-production) .... DCI Roisin Connor

2. "Trial & Retribution XIX: Tracks" (2008) (mini) TV mini-series (post-production) .... DCI Roisin Connor

3. "Trial & Retribution XVI: In Deep" (2008) (mini) TV mini-series (completed) .... DCI Roisin Connor

4. Trial & Retribution XVII: The Rules of the Game (2008) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

5. "Trial & Retribution XX: Sirens" (2008) (mini) TV mini-series

6. Trial and Retribution XIV: Mirror Image (2007) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

7. Trial and Retribution XIII: Curriculum Vitae (2007) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

8. Trial & Retribution XII: Paradise Lost (2007) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

9. Trial & Retribution XI: Closure (2007) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

10.   The Shell Seekers (2006) (TV) .... Olivia Keeling
... aka Rosamunde Pilcher - Die Muschelsucher (Germany)

11.   Trial & Retribution: Sins of the Father (2006) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor

12.   Trial & Retribution: The Lovers (2005) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor
... aka Trial & Retribution IX (UK: series title)

13.   Trial & Retribution VIII (2004) (TV) .... D.C.I. Roisin Connor
... aka Trial & Retribution: Blue Eiderdown (UK)

14.   "The Alan Clark Diaries" (2004) TV series .... X (unknown episodes)

15.   Trial & Retribution VII (2003) (TV) .... DCI Roisin Connor
... aka Trial & Retribution: Suspicion (UK)

16.   Bulletproof Monk (2003) .... Nina

17.   About a Boy (2002) .... Suzie
... aka About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente (Germany)
... aka Pour un garçon (France)

18.   The Last Great Wilderness (2002) .... Claire

19.   "Cold Feet" .... Jane Fitzpatrick (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
... aka Life, Love & Everything Else (South Africa: English title)
    - Episode #4.3 (2001)
TV episode .... Jane Fitzpatrick
    - Episode #4.2 (2001)
TV episode .... Jane Fitzpatrick
    - Episode #3.5 (2000)
TV episode (as Victoria Smurfitt) .... Jane Fitzpatrick

20.   "North Square" .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough (8 episodes, 2000)
    - Episode #1.8 (2000)
TV episode .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough
    - Episode #1.7 (2000)
TV episode .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough
    - Episode #1.6 (2000)
TV episode .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough
    - Episode #1.5 (2000)
TV episode .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough
    - Episode #1.4 (2000)
TV episode .... Dr. Helen Ferryhough
      (3 more)

21.   The Wedding Tackle (2000) .... Clodagh

22.   The Beach (2000/I) .... Weathergirl

23.   "Ballykissangel" .... Orla / ... (24 episodes, 1998-2001)
    - The Wedding (1999)
TV episode .... Orla
    - Love's Labours (1999)
TV episode .... Orla
    - With a Song in My Heart (1999)
TV episode .... Orla
    - The Outsiders (1999)
TV episode .... Orla
    - A Few Dollars More (1999)
TV episode .... Orla
      (19 more)

24.   So This Is Romance? (1998) .... Helen
... aka Romance and Rejection (USA: new title (recut version))

25.   "Berkeley Square" (1998) (mini) TV mini-series .... Hannah Randall

26.   "Ivanhoe" (1997) (mini) TV mini-series .... Lady Rowena

27.   The Leading Man (1996) .... Annabel

28.   The Run of the Country (1995) .... Annagh


1. "Loose Women" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
    - Episode #11.9 (2007)
TV episode .... Herself

2. "The Brendan Courtney Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
    - Episode #1.2 (2005)
TV episode .... Herself

3. "Ireland AM" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
    - Episode #6.32 (2005)
TV episode .... Herself

4. 3rd Irish Film and Television Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter

5. Irish Film and Television Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter

6. "The Terry and Gaby Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
    - Episode dated 1 September 2003 (2003)
TV episode .... Herself

7."Kelly" .... Herself (1 episode, 2001)
    - Episode dated 22 November 2001 (2001)
TV episode .... Herself

Victoria Smurfit (Weather Girl)

Victoria Smurfit is the daughter of the Irish paper and packaging tycoon Dermot Smurfit. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she appeared in productions of 'Mansfield Park', 'King Lear' and 'Love’s Labours Lost'. Since then her work has included 'Jungle Book' for the RSC and 'Stages and Hens' at the Edinburgh Festival. 'Ivanhoe' was Victoria’s first major television appearance where she played the role of Lady Rowena. She is currently well-known as Orla in the television drama Ballykissangel. prior to filming 'The Beach' she worked on the British black comedy 'The Wedding Tackle', alongside Leslie Grantham and Tony Slattery.
Date of birth: 1974, Dublin, Ireland
Sometimes Credited As: Vicky Smurfit
Character: Weather girl - "I feel a tightness in my pelvis: it's gonna rain." First draft of the script (June 1998).

bulletBeach, The (1999) .... Weather Girl
bulletWedding Tackle, The (1999)
bullet"Berkeley Square" (1998) (mini) TV Series .... Hannah Randall
bulletSo this is Romance? (1998)
bullet"Ballykissangel" (1996) TV Series .... Orla O'Connell (1998- )
bullet"Ivanhoe" (1997) (mini) TV Series .... Rowena
bulletRomance and Rejection (1996) (TV) .... Helen
bulletRun of the Country, The (1995) .... Annagh

Quote: Talking about her scene with Leonardo "It's a small scene and we don't even kiss. I play one of the beach community and I took the part for several reasons. It's a major movie, made in Thailand and directed by Danny Boyle, who I've always admired. The fact that Leo's starring in it is a bonus." Now magazine (UK) (25th February 1999)
Victoria Smurfit

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Victoria Smurfit


1973, Dublin, Republic of Ireland




Douglas Baxter, (2000 – present)

Victoria Smurfit (born 1973) is an Irish actress. Smurfit gained fame for her role as Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel. Since 2003 she has taken over from Kate Buffery in the lead role in Trial & Retribution as DCI Roisin Connor. She has also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.

Personal life
She is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsor a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. She married advertising executive Douglas Baxter on 29 July 2000, and gave birth to her first child, daughter Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2004. A second daughter, Ridley Belle Baxter was born in May 2007.

Selected credits




Other notes




Television series


Berkeley Square

Hannah Randall

Television series


Orla O'Connell

2 series, 1998 – 1999


The Wedding Tackle (film)



The Beach

Weather girl


Cold Feet

Jane Fitzpatrick

Recurring role


About a Boy




Bulletproof Monk



Trial & Retribution

DCI Roisin Connor

Victoria Smurfit interview
Published: Wednesday, 9 January 2008, 2:45PM
Victoria Smurfit, who plays DCI Roisin Connor, chooses her favourite moments from the series

Roisin’s first appearance in the show was pretty good. Tell us about that...
Yes, her entrance was cool. She swept in, in her fancy Lexus and that set the tone. She came in as Pat North’s friend hating Walker because she knew of his rather shady past. It’s interesting because he’s gone from the anti-hero to the hero. 

What have been Roisin’s best and worst moments?
One of my favourite things to act, and one of the worst moments for Roisin, was in Paradise Lost when she agreed to marry the barrister played by Adrian Lukis. He says, “Brilliant”, and then the very next day, he puts her on the stand and uses all the information she has given to him against her, mauling her in public to secure a conviction. One of my favourite moments was throwing his leprechaun-clad keys in the urinal. I really enjoyed that.

Walker and Connor are always fighting, aren’t they?
There is always a pivotal moment where Walker and Connor have their marital spat, and when it comes to those scenes you might as well throw us in a room and just see what happens. It’s like a dogfight. It is great, and I always think of it as a bit like when you sometimes watch American action movies: you may not hear every single word because they’re screaming so loudly at each other with explosions going on all around them, but understand what is going on.

Looking back have there been any memorable moments on set?
Rex Maidment, the director of photography, used to call me the Irish bitch, and so I called him the poison dwarf because he is tiny. The abuse was all in jest of course. I should point out that Rex is Irish, and he would say things like, “Oh, the Irish bitch is on set, Oh we’re going to have to get the big lights out because she’s looking rough today.” I loved it, that’s Irish quaintness for you. It’s a sign of affection. So if you really want to offend me you’re going to have to work really hard.

I remember he put this great big frame which he had lined with fabulous gauze (it looked like greaseproof paper) and was trying to diffuse the lights to make me look vaguely human.  I was doing a very serious scene in the courtroom and right in the middle of the scene, the poxy little dwarf jumped through this great big gauze. I was sitting on one of those long benches, and I flew off the bench in total shock and ended up on my backside. He and everyone else was roaring.

We hear you’ve come a cropper in the past
Roisin is supposed to be quite elegant, but I’m just so not. In my very first film, I had to wear this fabulous floor-length camel coat, with leopard-print lining. I had to get out of my car, slam the door and strut off into the house.  Unbeknownst to me, I of course had managed to slam the coat in the car door and as I walked away, I ended up facedown on the floor.


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