Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated in English and Irish from UCD in the 1970s. She then built a successful UK-based career as an actress and writer, working in theatre, music theatre, radio, tv, and digital media.
In 1995, in partnership with the British opera director, Wilfred Judd, she set up JHM, an umbrella company under which theatre, music and multimedia work is conceived and made. Their works have been seen in the UK, US and Australia.
Described as 'wise', 'funny' and 'blazingly beautiful' by the actress Joanna Lumley, Felicity's memoir, The House on an Irish Hillside, explores the lifelong journey which has reconnected her with her native cultural inheritance and led her and Wilf to divide their time between a former Edwardian factory in inner-city London and a stone house on Ireland's Dingle peninsula, where Felicity first studied the Irish language in her teens. 'From the moment I crossed the mountain I fell in love. With the place, which was more beautiful than any place I'd ever seen. With the people I met there. And with a way of life that was deeper, richer and wiser than any I'd known before. When I left I dreamt of clouds on the mountain. I kept going back.'