Tuesday 17 January 2017

'Film career won't get in way of TV3 show', says Simon Delaney

Published 08/03/2016 | 07:45

Simon Delaney and Anna Daly on set at TV3
Simon Delaney and Anna Daly on set at TV3

His movie career is about to get a major boost with the release of his first studio picture, multi-million euro production The Conjuring 2, this summer.

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But Dublin actor Simon Delaney said that he has no intention of giving up his weekend slot on TV3.

The 45-year-old presents Saturday AM with Anna Daly and said he has no plans to leave Ireland in the coming months as his wife Lisa is expecting their fourth child.

"I'm here now for a while and I'm loving the show," Simon told the Herald.

"I'm doing Driving Miss Daisy at The Gaiety and we've also got baby number four on the way. My wife is seventh months pregnant now so she is due this May."

With the light chat show generating approximately 140,000 viewers every weekend, Simon said he is committed to the show and growing its audience base.

Ex-Ireland AM star Anna also presents Sunday AM with broadcaster and former politician Ivan Yates.

"We're only six months on the air," Simon said.

"Presenting is fine. It's just having a chat with someone and people are pointing cameras at you. I love it because we're keeping it light."

The Conjuring 2 is out this June and follows the hugely popular first movie, which generated over €300m.

Simon plays an English man in the movie, which is based on the real-life Enfield 'hauntings' that took place in the north London suburb in 1977.

"It's the first studio movie I've done and it was shot on the lot in Warner Bros, which was amazing in itself," he said.

While Simon could not go into detail about his character in the movie, he said: "He is on the right side of evil."

Simon and food historian Regina Sexton are ambassadors of Bord Bia campaign 'Ham & Bacon - A Family Favourite', which runs from March 7 until March 20.

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