Rosaleen is the recipient of the Arts award in recognition of her outstanding success acting on stage and screen for over 50 years. Rosaleen graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics from UCD in1957. She joined UCD Dramsoc on her first day in UCD and started acting professionally within two years of leaving college. She met her husband, Fergus Linehan while acting in Dramsoc and they went on to have four children and they now have eight grandchildren. Her long-term comedy partnership with Des Keogh in revues written by Fergus made her a household name in the 1970s.
Rosaleen’s work moves freely between stage and screen. She is most well known for her role in the film, The Butcher Boy. Her theatre work was also recognised when she was nominated for a Best Actress Tony award for her part in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa on Broadway.