Monday 5 December 2016

Former UFC star Cathal Pendred strikes a few solid blows in his acting career

Published 12/09/2016 | 11:20

Cathal Pendred pictured on the set of My Name Is Lenny with Mike Bisping. Photo: Instagram
Cathal Pendred pictured on the set of My Name Is Lenny with Mike Bisping. Photo: Instagram
Cathal Pendred, Michele McGrath. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding
Michelle McGrath and MMA star Cathal Pendred pictured with their dog Ringo. Instagram
Recently retired Irish UFC fighter Cathal Pendred
10 July 2015; Cathal Pendred and John Howard face off ahead of their UFC 189 Welterweight fight. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE

Cathal Pendred is certainly fighting fit when it comes to his new acting career.

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The former UFC fighter announced his retirement from the sport back in November 2015 after saying it was "time for me to move on".

Recently retired Irish UFC fighter Cathal Pendred
Recently retired Irish UFC fighter Cathal Pendred

But the 28-year-old certainly hasn't looked back since, having bagged new representation with a top acting agent in the States.

American and Irish viewers saw him in the hit US drama Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Shreiber, after bagging a part as an Irish boxer called Joxy Maguire. In a turn-up for the books, it sees Cathal getting knocked to the ground after being punched in the face in one particularly memorable scene.

The akward moment when you're in the airport and you look like somone from Americas most wanted.

A photo posted by Cathal Pendred (@cathal_pendred) on

He certainly went down well with fans of the Showtime series in America - attracting much praise for the part on social media.

Now, he has nabbed a role in another movie which started shooting recently - My Name Is Lenny, which tells the story of Britain's notorious bare-knuckle fighter, Lenny McClean.

Pendred posted a pic from the movie set over the weekend, posing in a fighter's stance alongside UFC champ Michael Bisping who also appears in the flick.

Cathal will also be featured in the forthcoming Baywatch movie, which is due out in 2017.

He has also entered the health food business and has bought into the successful Chopped franchise.

Cathal and girlfriend Michele McGrath have been dating for more than three years and share a home together in Drumcondra on Dublin's northside.

Although they appear to have spent their summer going to a dizzying array of weddings, the pair say they are in no rush down the aisle themselves and are more than happy to enjoy a quiet life in the suburbs.

Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding
Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding

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