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Irish actress Caroline Morahan lands US breakthrough role in Once Upon A Time

Laura Larkin

Published 29/10/2015 | 08:28

Caroline Morahan at the 2015 IFTAs
Caroline Morahan at the 2015 IFTAs
Caroline Morahan at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Caroline and husband Daithi on their wedding day
Actor Glenn Keogh (L) and actress Caroline Morahan (R) attend the New York Premiere of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/FilmMagic)
Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in Once Upon A Time
Caroline Morahan in scene from new movie Lost & Found
Caroline Morahan on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

Actress Caroline Morahan has landed her first major US role, with a stint on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

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The former Off The Rails presenter will star opposite fellow Irish actor Glenn Keogh.

It will be a royal affair for Caroline as she is set to take up the role of Queen Elinor.

Her co-star Keogh, best known for Sons of Anarchy, will play her husband King Fergus.

Actor Glenn Keogh (L) and actress Caroline Morahan (R) attend the New York Premiere of
Actor Glenn Keogh (L) and actress Caroline Morahan (R) attend the New York Premiere of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/FilmMagic)

Both are based on characters from Dinsey's runaway success story Brave.

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Caroline will play the character Merida's mother in a two-hour special of the hit show that will air stateside on November 15.

The characters of King Fergus and Queen Elinor were originally voiced by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson in the animated version of Brave, meaning that Caroline will have big boots to fill.

Caroline Morahan in scene from new movie Lost & Found
Caroline Morahan in scene from new movie Lost & Found

News of the star's new role was first announced in the Hollywood Reporter, a bible for all things Tinsel Town, which is sure to boost her career further.

Caroline joked when the story broke that her secret was out.

Her latest role comes as she has revealed the pressure that comes with non-stop auditioning for roles.

The raven-haired star previously opened up to the Herald about battling self-doubt when she fails to get booked for a job.

Caroline and husband Daithi on their wedding day
Caroline and husband Daithi on their wedding day

"Coping with rejection is probably the biggest challenge," she said.

"I sometimes feel like I'm working in a vacuum as there are so many auditions that you don't hear back from.

"I may have felt like I did a really good job, but it's hard to remain focused and positive when you don't get any feedback."

Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband Daithi O Caoimh, whom she married in a romantic ceremony in Italy in 2012.

Caroline Morahan on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Caroline Morahan on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

The pair took the plunge to move across the pond six years ago.

Despite the distance Caroline works hard to keep her ties with Ireland, and continues to work as a model over here.

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Her modelling work means that she has to jet back to Ireland often.

She is also currently starring in Conor McPherson's play The Weir in the US.

Meanwhile, a comedy she filmed for TG4 is also due to hit Irish screens after Christmas.

Dubliner Keogh has also been making waves in LA since relocating there from Brisbane nine years ago.

His biggest role to date has been a part on the Transformers 4 set, though he previously admitted that he would like to find work at home in Ireland.

Keogh revealed that he failed to land a part in RTE's Love/Hate despite managing to impress casting directors in the US for various gangster roles. He has hinted that Once Upon a Time is not his only big guest role in the works.

Herald

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