Wednesday 26 April 2017

Fair City’s Niamh Quirke on leaving Rachel behind for the bright lights of New York- ‘I’ll miss my Fair City family so much’

Niamh Quirke (Rachel Brennan) with her on-screen parents Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan), and Clelia Murphy (Niamh Brennan) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show
Niamh Quirke (Rachel Brennan) with her on-screen parents Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan), and Clelia Murphy (Niamh Brennan) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Fair City's Niamh Quirke has opened up about her departure from the RTE soap, which she quit earlier this summer ahead of a move to New York.

The actress (20), who plays Rachel Brennan on the hit soap, was awarded a scholarship to attend The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and moved to the Big Apple ahead of her first semester.

Niamh Quirke
Niamh Quirke

Niamh has grown up on the soap opera, after landing the role at age 11 and said her co-stars were reluctant to say goodbye to the young star.

“Tony, my on screen dad, and my actual dad have a lot in common: neither want to believe it was happening. Tony may deny this but I know the truth,” Niamh told The Sunday World Magazine.

“I want to mention everyone but they all know how much they mean to me. So I would hope it is goodbye for now and not goodbye forever. Hopefully you haven’t seen the last of Rachel,” she said.

The actress revealed that she dreaded filming her final scenes on the long-running soap opera but she needn’t have worried.

“I thought my last scenes would be tough to shoot but surprisingly it was ok. Everyone was so supportive and made it a positive thing. I won’t reveal too much about my exit storyline but it’s one you will definitely want to tune in for,” she said.

The young actress is currently living in a student apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and said she dreams of a long career in acting.

Niamh with her co-star Clelia
Niamh with her co-star Clelia

“I would love to work alongside Tom Hanks. His work is amazing. For now though, it is strictly college and I am not thinking outside of that.”

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