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Tuesday 23 September 2014

It's in the family! Colin Farrell's uncle starring in Irish production of Cats

Aishling Phelan

Published 22/08/2013 | 17:01

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Susan McFadden,Alicia Beck and Paul Monaghan - Cast members of Andrew Lloyd Webbers  "Cats" pictured prior to the shows opening at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin.
Susan McFadden,Alicia Beck and Paul Monaghan - Cast members of Andrew Lloyd Webbers "Cats" pictured prior to the shows opening at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin.
Paul Monaghan is Colin Farrell's uncle
Paul Monaghan is Colin Farrell's uncle
Oliver Saville
Oliver Saville

One of the stars of Cats The Musical is the uncle of Hollywood actor Colin Farrell.

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Paul Monaghan is starring in one of the longest-running theatre shows which kicked off its Irish tour in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night.

The actor, who is also Colin’s godfather, plays the Edwardian gentlemen-of-leisure cat Bustopher Jones.

A-list actor Colin is the son of Paul’s older sister Rita.

The award-winning musical is running in Dublin until the 7th of September.

Irish musical theatre star Susan McFadden will join the cast in the role of Grizabella.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats follows the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who must decide which cat will ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and come back to a new life.

The uncle of the famous star made his professional debut in Dublin at the age of seven with a boys’ choir in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and has since built himself an impressive career in the theatre.

He went on to train at The Brendan Smith Academy Of Acting, The College Of Music and The Royal Irish Academy.

The actor travelled to London in 1991 on a six month contract with Les Miserables in the West End and has lived there ever since.

He played the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera and the leading roles of Jean Valjean and Javert in the West End production of Les Miserables.

The talented actor has also turned his hand to directing, with productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler On The Roof, The Secret Garden and My Fair Lady.

He also played Mr. Scheinkopf in the Irish tour of 'Fame the Musical' and appeared at the 02 London in the 25th anniversary concert of 'Les Miserables'.

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