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The Woman In The Wall is a 6 episode gothic detective thriller streaming in the US on Paramount+ with Showtime on January 19, 2024 and airing on Showtime on January 21, 2024 on SHOWTIME at 9 pm. The Woman In The Wall aired in the UK on BBC One in August, 2023.

The series will explore the legacy of one of Ireland’s most shocking and dark scandals, the barbaric institutions known as "The Magdalene Laundries" where women who were deemed to be socially immoral, committing offences such as adultery, prostitution, and teenage pregnancies, were rehabilitated. 

In real life, The Magdalene Laundries (named after Mary Magdalene) operated by the Protestants and the Catholic Church in Ireland for more than 200 years. The facilities were paid to do domestic chores like scrubbing the floors and commercial laundry, but the women doing the work would not receive any compensation or education. Once the women entered the instution, they were imprisoned behind locked doors, with no indication of if they would be set free, they were given an identification number, a drab uniform and a short hair cut. Silence was mandatory at almost all times and friendships were forbidden. Visits by family and friends were monitored by nuns if they were even allowed. It wasn’t until 1993, when the unmarked graves of 155 women were uncovered in the convent grounds of one of the laundries, that the media uncovered the operations of the secretive institutions. A formal state apology was issued in 2013, and a £50M compensation scheme for survivors was set up by the Irish Government. Singer Sinead O'Connor spent a year in a Magdalene Laundry. The 2013 film Philomena, shows the struggles of a person sent to a Magdalene Laundry. 


The Woman In The Wall follows Lorna Brady who lives in the small fictional town of Kilkinure in the west of Ireland, who awakens one day to find a dead woman in her house. Lorna has no memory of what has occurred, she doesn't know who the dead woman is or if she could be responsible for her death. Lorna suffers from extreme sleepwalking caused by the trauma from her time being incarcerated in Kilkinure Convent when she was 15, where she gave birth to her daughter Agnes, who was cruelly taken away from her. The Kilkinure Convent was one of the infamous "Magdalene Laundries" and operated for 40 to 50 years. When the Kilkinure Convent finally closed its doors, it left a trail of survivors suffering from the horrors that occurred inside. Very few survivors went on to lead normal lives and no matter where they went, none of them would ever forget. 


Enter Colman Akande, the extremely ambitious, albeit elusive Detective who is investigating Lorna Brady for reasons that have nothing to do with the dead woman in Lorna's house. His case involves a murdered priest from Dublin who's car just happens to be in Kilkinure.


Ruth Wilson as Lorna Brady, an extreme sleepwalker, traumatised by her time spent in a Magdalene Laundry.

Abby Fitz as Young Lorna, sent to the Kilkinure Convent.  

Fiona Browne as Margaret Brady  


Daryl McCormack as Detective Colman Akande, he quickly rose through the ranks of the Garda Síochána thanks to his natural aptitude for the job. He possesses a dark and sometimes scathing wit but there is a quiet sadness to him that even he doesn’t understand, and he's hiding his own secrets from the world. He was adopted from the Kilkinure Convent. 

Nicolas Nunes de Souza as Young Colman Akande

Chizzy Akudolu as Lola Akande, Colman’s adoptive mother. She showers him with love but can she help him come to terms with his childhood?

Charles Abomeli as Tayo Akande  


Simon Delaney as Garda Sergeant Aidan Massey, a laidback police sergeant who is eager to keep things on an even keel in Kilkinure and avoid any potential scandal. 


Ardal O'Hanlon as Dara O'Halloran, he has a criminal past and will do anything to protect his ex-nun wife Aoife and their daughter.

Fiona Bell as Aoife Cassidy 

Orla Gaffney as Young Aoife

Frances Tomelty as Sister Eileen, former Mother Superior who might be able to provide answers at the convent.  

Aoibhinn McGinnity as Young Sister Eileen

Philippa Dunne as Niamh, a pregnant and determined local woman who is trying to get justice for Lorna and others who were sent to the Kilkinure convent.
Lynn Rafferty as Anna
Hilda Fay as Amy Kane  

Eimear Morrissey as SUPT Louise Byrne  

Eoin Gleeson as Garda  

Stephen Brennan as Father Percy Sheehan 

Michael O'Kelly as Young Percy Sheehan 

Dermot Crowley as James Coyle

Mark Huberman as Michael Kearney

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