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Friday 22 August 2014

Love/Hate actress Denise McCormack loves new job as 'pregnant Pam'

EIMEAR RABBITTE

Published 01/02/2014 | 16:38

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Guests at The IFTA 2012 Awards: Award Winners, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 11.02.12. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Denise McCormack
Denise McCormack

SHE has gone from playing a gangster's moll in a gritty crime drama to a pregnant journalist in a new slapstick comedy.

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And actress Denise McCormack says her latest acting venture is right up her street.

Best known for playing tragic Linda, the wife of gangster Fran on smash-hit crime drama Love/Hate, Denise went on to enjoy a film role alongside Juliette Binoche and will next appear in RTE's new comedy drama, The Centre.

The mum of one, who will give birth to her second child next weekend, filmed the part late last year alongside a predominantly female cast, featuring funny women Jennifer Maguire, Katherine Lynch and Norma Sheahan.

"It was a pure slapstick comedy and different than anything I had ever done before," Denise said.

"The writers were on set all of the time so the plots were constantly changing, which was new to me. In Love/Hate you stick tightly to the script, which Stuart Carolan delivers, whereas the writers in The Centre were constantly reacting to what the actors were doing."

The quirky new comedy will focus on the hilarious mishaps and goings-on that occur in an Irish community centre.

Denise (37) plays an undercover journalist called Pam, and while she was not originally scripted to be pregnant, that soon changed as the size of her bump continued go grow.

"My character became known as 'pregnant Pam'," explained Denise.

"It was tricky to hide my bump and some of the actors were throwing in 'pregnant Pam' jibes so in the end she became pregnant. She wasn't initially so it will be interesting to see how that evolves."

While she left Love/Hate in season two after her character Linda took her own life, Denise still has a lot in common with her former co-star Peter Coonan as they are both expecting children very soon.

Peter's girlfriend Kim O'Driscoll is due to give birth to a son or daughter later this year.

Denise is still in touch with Peter and has also remained in contact with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor aka Nidge, and Aoibhinn McGinnity, who plays his on-screen wife Trish.

"I am still in contact with Peter and Tom, and Aoibhinn is a good friend," she explained. "Myself and Peter get on great; it's like a Love/Hate baby boom at the moment."

Now heavily pregnant, Denise says she is excited to finally welcome her second child -- a brother or sister for her son Harvey, who is almost two.

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