Sharon Lorencia Horgan (born 13 July 1970) is an Irish actress, writer, director, and producer. Horgan was born in Hackney, London, to an Irish mother, Ursula (née Campbell), and a New Zealand father, John, who ran a pub. When she was four years old, Horgan's parents moved the family to Bellewstown, County Meath in Ireland, to run a turkey farm. In her early twenties, Horgan moved back to London and attended various drama courses. As a young actress struggling to make ends meet she took a series of odd-jobs, including working in call centres and waitressing. For nearly two years she earned her living selling bongs in a head shop in Camden, London. At the age of 27, Horgan started a degree in English and American Studies at Brunel University in west London.