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Saturday 23 August 2014

Irish Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch took on Dublin stage role for her parents

Laura Butler

Published 24/09/2013 | 15:39

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Evanna Lynch is best known for the Harry Potter films

SHE is about to make her stage debut and Irish actress Evanna Lynch said it was because of her parents that she decided to take on a role in theatre production ‘Houdini’.

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The 22-year-old, who rose to fame as Luna Lovegood in the ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise, plays the wife of illusionist Harry Houdini in the show, which touches down at the Gaiety Theatre next month. 

Louth-born Lynch told the Irish Independent that it will be a “strange” experience stepping onto the stage in Dublin, but will be a proud moment for her family.

“Theatre was always something that’s been in the back of my mind and my parents were really keen for me to do it; so the little girl in me just wants to make them happy,” she said.

“I’ve been to the Gaiety plenty of times, since I was five years of age, so it will be a bit strange to be up there, on the other side of things, actually on stage.

“But I’m looking forward to it and it’s definitely something I’d like to do more of.”

Lynch stars opposite British actors Jamie Nichols and Stuart Brennan in the play, which reenacts several of the magician’s high-risk stunts for the audience.

While her character largely acts as an assistant, Lynch performs a live vanishing act.

“I suppose I am drawn to magic,” she told this newspaper.

“I have done other things, but I love fantasy and things out of the ordinary.

“Bess is the assistant, she’s the glue that holds everything together behind the scenes, but I have to know all of the tricks as well, so I can tell when to pull the curtain and the timing.

“I don’t think my parents are aware or know [of the risk involved in this role]. I don’t tell them much about roles that are risky, usually until after the job is done.”

‘Houdini’, which will run at the Gaiety Theatre from October 7 to 12, is currently touring the UK.

Lynch said she’s hoping some of her old ‘Harry Potter’ co-stars will see her in action.

“We all stay in touch because we’re all in the same boat – especially the supporting cast – and moving on to new projects, so we do support each other when we can.

“It’s like a school reunion… when we get back together.”

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