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Niall McNamee is an Irish singer-songwriter and actor, star of stage, film and rambunctious singalongs in taverns up and down the land. He has starred opposite Pierce Brosnan, fought with Jackie Chan, played comic foil to Bono, and romantically duetted with Imelda May. Next up is a starring role in feature film Love Without Walls, performing his own compositions, as Niall's art and life come together. 

A self-taught musician, Niall has been immersed in music his whole life. Throughout years as a struggling young actor, Niall supported himself performing Irish folk songs, and his knowledge of traditional music is rich and deep. But all the while, he was writing his own material, drawing on that heritage but pushing into contemporary rock and pop territory.

Born in Leicester in 1994 to Irish parents, Niall’s first love came in the form of football. The obsession was built on his support of Leeds United and Dundalk FC which Niall has described as “character building in the harshest of ways”. He would travel to every away Irish football game with his father, locating the Irish pub in whichever city they found themselves in. Niall would bring his guitar and perform in the pub to help fund their trips. 

Although football was the original plan for Niall, music has always played a key part in his life. Through school, there was always a strong tie to music. Picking up both guitar and piano in his mid-late teen years, this then became a key part of his life. His mother always encouraged him to sing in front of the family at Christmas, from a very young age. Singing always felt very natural to him and writing music has only reinforced how much music is within him.    

Niall moved from Leicester to London when he was 18 to start a three-year course at a drama school but dropped out after 3 months and worked on building sites until Niall got his first role in the West End. 

After various roles in the West End, including Edward Heath in Tory Boyz by James Graham (“…a masterful performance by Niall…”), Niall played journalist Neil McCormick in Chasing Bono (“A charming portrait of a wannabe rock star … brilliant funny” – The Guardian) at Soho Theatre in 2019. He toured the musical production of Good Vibrations and starred as tragic Irish singer Fran O’Toole in The Miami Showband. Alongside theatre and TV roles, Niall made his screen debut in The Foreigner with Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan in 2017, which involved a major fight scene with the martial arts legend himself. Niall emerged unscathed. 

Niall’s inspiration and influences have been consistent throughout his life. With the most important features of music to him being melodies and storytelling lyrics, he draws inspiration from artists like Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Pogues and Christy Moore. More recently he has been influenced by The Undertones, having learnt about punk culture through his involvement in the touring production of ‘Good Vibrations’. 

Niall has written and performed with leading Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, and the two have been romantically involved since 2019. All the while, Niall has been building up a devoted audience for his own passionate, thoughtful and full-blooded songs, playing sold out concerts at such notable London venues as The Dublin Castle, The Bedford and The Antelope. Throughout lockdown, Niall has kept singing online. With a major film and his debut album in the works, 2021 is shaping up to be a very big year.