Sunday 26 March 2017

Joyful homecoming for actresses Orla Brady and Sarah Bolger as their US show starts filming in Ireland

Madeleine Mantock, Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Ally Ioannides, and Sarah Bolger attend the after party for the screening of AMC's
Madeleine Mantock, Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Ally Ioannides, and Sarah Bolger attend the after party for the screening of AMC's "Into The Badlands" (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actress Sarah Bolger attends the premiere of AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead" Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista on March 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Orla Brady attends the premiere of AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead" Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista on March 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Sean O'Grady

It's a joyful homecoming for actresses Orla Brady and Sarah Bolger as their US TV series Into The Badlands has moved production to Ireland.

Dubliner Orla (55) stars as short-tempered Lydia on the AMC series and explained how show bosses were originally planning on moving the show to New Zealand before the scenery of Ireland won out.

The series follows a warrior and a young boy journeying through dangerous feudal lands.

"It's one of those lovely strokes of luck that happen in life. It has nothing to do with Ireland. We shot the first season in New Orleans and then they wanted to shoot the next outside of America. It's an expensive show," she told the Herald.

Actress Sarah Bolger attends the premiere of AMC's
Actress Sarah Bolger attends the premiere of AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead" Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista on March 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

"They were going to New Zealand for the longest time, we were all gearing up to the other side of the world and then Ireland came in because we have natural sea and the Burren and great exteriors."

Ireland's tax rate also proved attractive for show bosses to move production.

Sarah Bolger as Jade in Badlands
Sarah Bolger as Jade in Badlands

Orla revealed if the series gets renewed again for a third season they will keep production in Co Wicklow.

"There was the tax break. The tax break is working beautifully, it's bringing productions here. If the show goes forward beyond the second year then Ireland will be its home and it will go forward year on year," she said.

Actress Orla Brady attends the premiere of AMC's
Actress Orla Brady attends the premiere of AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead" Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista on March 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Orla said the series will shoot until Christmas.

"We are here until nearly Christmas shooting this. It takes a long time to film because there are these big fight sequences and we have these big exteriors, the scenery here is so good," she said.

It was recently revealed MMA star Cathal Pendred landed a role on the show.

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