Thursday 21 September 2017

First major role takes Nadia Forde back to criminal underworld of the 50s

Nadia Forde as Rita on the set of Once Up On A Time In London
Nadia Forde as Rita on the set of Once Up On A Time In London
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Here’s Nadia Forde as you’ve never seen her before.

The I’m A Celebrity star has ditched her usual glamorous ensembles to take on the role of a gangster’s pregnant wife in a new movie, Once Upon A Time In London, set in the 1950s.

She will star as Rita Comer, the wife of notorious real-life gangster Jack ‘Spot’ Comer in a new movie based on the colourful character, who was a forerunner of notorious gangland kingpins like the Kray twins.

Dublin-born Nadia (28) has spent the past few weeks filming the movie in various locations around the East End of London in the eight-week-long shoot.

The model and singer described it as a “special experience” as she gets her teeth stuck into her first major acting role. 

The movie also has an Irish link, given that Rita was originally from Dublin’s Townsend Street.

Terry Stone, Nadia Forde and Geoff Bell on the set of Once Up On A Time In London
Terry Stone, Nadia Forde and Geoff Bell on the set of Once Up On A Time In London

The gangster’s moll – who was described as always looking immaculate – fled back to the capital city after things heated up in London as tensions rose among Jack and his rivals.

She was eventually arrested in Dublin in 1955 and flown over to the Old Bailey in London where she was charged with conspiring to interfere with the course of justice.

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Speaking about taking on the role of Rita, Nadia said that the mum-of-two had a fascinating life.

“Rita comes 10 minutes from where my family grew up in Dublin so researching her background was really interesting,” she said.

“It’s an exciting challenge playing her as she was a real person. There’s so much to her story and I want to do it justice.

“She was a very loyal, strong and ultimately brave woman and she provides a moral compass within the story.

“I love working with Simon Rumley, the director, and my fellow cast members. It’s been a special experience to spend the past couple of months back in the 1950s – and pregnant.”

One of the leading criminals of his time, Comer was allegedly behind an attempted raid on a Heathrow Airport warehouse in 1948, which was foiled by Scotland Yard.

The film will also see Comer butting heads with former partner Billy Hill, who was released from prison in 1952.

Produced by Gateway Films, it co-stars Terry Stone, Holly Earl and Leo Gregory.

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