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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Victoria's flat out juggling TV and film ... on both sides of the Atlantic

Published 21/08/2014 | 07:24

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Victoria Smurfit

Life is about to get busy for actress Victoria Smurfit.

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Her Sky TV series Dracula may not be returning to the small screen, but the Dublin native has landed two new projects.

Mother-of-three Victoria is soon due to start work on upcoming movie The Taking.

It sees her play feisty character Bex in the psychological thriller and it is scheduled to film some scenes this side of the Atlantic.

"I'm going to the north of England to shoot that and I'm bringing the kids with me, which will be great," Victoria said.

"It will be good, tough stuff and I'm playing a market stall owner who comes across some trouble - I love a bit of trouble."

The former Ballykissangel star has also been shooting scenes for new American TV series Rush.

It tells the story of a high-flying doctor in California who caters to the elite market at a hefty price tag.

It is being broadcast on USA Network and is an original series. Victoria has enjoyed regular work in front of the camera since she and her photographer husband Doug Baxter moved with their family to Los Angeles.

In addition to landing a guest part on hit crime series Missing opposite Game of Thrones star Nonso Anozie and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, earlier this year the blonde shot Among Ravens with Amy Smart.

Victoria played Lady Jane 
Weatherby opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dracula, a 10-part 
retelling of Bram Stoker's famous novel which aired on NBC stateside.

Despite being cancelled after one season, the actress said she thoroughly enjoyed the part.

"It was fantastic, I loved it, and I took secret delight in the fact that I turned 40 playing this dynamic, strong, Machiavellian, physical, sassy woman who took no prisoners," she said.

"She had so few boundaries and I loved that.

"When I started in the business, you couldn't imagine being able to do that 20 years down the line because it was a very different business, it was more ageist," she said.

"Now people realise that actually a vast amount of viewers don't just want kid crusaders, they want somebody they can identify with," she said.

While she's happy in Hollywood, Victoria told the Herald that she would not rule out packing her bags and returning to live in Ireland with her other half and their kids.

"I never say never about anything. I never know what's next, where we're going to be or what we're going to do," she added.

hnews@herald.ie

Evening Herald

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