Tuesday 25 July 2017

'I think they're very capable of doing it on their own' - Baz Ashmawy won't be helping his kids get into TV

Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sean O'Grady

Baz Ashmawy has warned his children that, if any of them hope to follow him into the world of TV, he won't be giving them any help to achieve their showbusiness dreams.

The Churchtown man (42) is dad to Charlotte (20), Harry (19), Jake (14), Amelia (12), Hannah (7) and Mahy (4).

"They would have to do it on their own for some time I think. We have enough egos without me spilling fame onto their heads. I think they're very capable of doing it on their own," he said.

"At the moment, they've all got different things. If you're doing something you don't hate, that's a really good start. Just do something you're passionate about and you'll tend to be good at it.

Baz Ashmawy and fiancée Tanja Evans
Baz Ashmawy and fiancée Tanja Evans

"With these millennials especially, it's all about money. Do something you're into and you like."

Baz is best known for his hit Sky One comedy show 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy, which co-starred his mother Nancy.

The show ended after its third season, but Baz has now got to work on another project he is speaking to several stations about.

"I'm in talks with everyone at the moment, it's deciding what suits me best," he told the Herald.

Baz and Nancy Ashmawy pictured in the IFI, Dublin at the premiere of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy Season 2. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Baz and Nancy Ashmawy pictured in the IFI, Dublin at the premiere of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy Season 2. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

"I've had great chats with a couple of the channels over in the UK and here with RTE and TV3 as well. There's exciting things going on and I'll be doing some radio over the summer."

Despite his success in the UK, the TV host can't see himself leaving Dublin.

"I get a great buzz out of the UK as well. I don't think I would move there, no. I would work out of there for a while if it was a long stint but I think I could balance the two," he said.

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