Sharon Rooney plays the murder suspect

DS Dodds and DCI Lauren McDonald return this weekend in the second McDonald & Dodds film – but who plays Doreen in the detective drama?

Viewers will recognize guest star Sharon Rooney, who recently appeared alongside Keeley Hawes in Finding Alice.

What else was Sharon in? How old is she? And is she married?

Here is everything you need to know!


McDonald & Dodds episode two stars Sharon Rooney and Shelley Conn among others (Image credit: ITV1)

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Who plays Doreen at McDonald & Dodds?

Sharon Rooney portrays Doreen Warren in ITV’s second episode of McDonald & Dodds.

Doreen is one of a group of friends who travel to Bath for a birthday party – only to be caught up in a homicide investigation.

In fact, the episode is called “We Must Talk About Doreen”.

Sharon’s character takes an unusual interest in Dodds, while McDonald discovers a clutter of jealousy for women.

Sharon says: “Doreen is the best friend and almost like the mother of the group.

“She’s been organizing her best friend Angela’s birthday all weekend, and Angela is one of those people who loves to be in the spotlight while Doreen is happy to be in the background.

“However, Doreen has different sides, which is always fun as an actor.

“It definitely has more to offer than meets the eye, although that’s the case with all of the characters in the series.

“They think they are one thing and they turn out to be completely different.”

What is Sharon Rooney famous for? What else was she in?

Sharon is perhaps best known for her central role in My Mad Fat Diary.

She played Rachel ‘Rae’ Earl between 2013 and 2015, and Sharon admits that this is the role she is most recognized for.

The actress has also appeared in the film and television series Two Doors Down, Sherlock, Bergziegen, Brief Encounters and The Tunnel.

Sharon portrayed Faye Caddy in No Offense, Barbara in Zapped, Ruth in Jerk, and Becky in The Capture.

Disney fans will know Sharon from her role as Miss Atlantis in Tim Burton’s Dumbo in 2019.

More recently, Sharon Nicola starred in Finding Alice alongside Keeley Hawes.

After his appearance in McDonald & Dodds as Doreen, Sharon will star in the film Louis Wain.

The comedy, written and directed by Flowers’ Will Sharpe, also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Riseborough, Claire Foy and Toby Jones.

Casts don’t get much better than that!

Sharon Rooney as Doreen at McDonald & Dodds
Sharon Rooney as Doreen at McDonald & Dodds (Image credit: ITV1)

How old is sharon

Sharon was born on October 22, 1988.

She is currently 32 years old.

Where is Sharon from?

Sharon is a Scottish actress.

She was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

At 16, she left school to pursue an acting career and enrolled in a three-year performing arts course.

She studied acting at Hull University.

Sharon started out as a stand-up comedian before settling into acting.

Sharon Rooney looking for Alice
Sharon Rooney opposite Keeley Hawes in the search for Alice (Image credit: ITV1)

Does Sharon have a partner? Is she single

Sharon was not publicly associated with anyone.

She is considered single and does not show any references to a partner on her social media accounts.

McDonald & Dodds series two, episode two

A birthday weekend goes horribly wrong when Angela and four of her friends travel from Glasgow to Bath to celebrate.

During the night they meet a rugby player who, however, appears dead the next day under mysterious circumstances.

The partygoers all become suspects when McDonald and Dodds investigate what appears to be a murder case.

Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia star, with guest appearances from Sharon Rooney, John Thomson, Natalie Gumede and Shelley Conn.


McDonald & Dodd’s series two, episode two, will air on Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 8 p.m. on ITV1.

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