Sunday 25 September 2016

'My mam said she was screaming at the telly and wants to know what happens, but I can't tell her' - Fair City's Leah on steamy storyline

Elaine McCahill

Published 16/01/2016 | 09:19

Overcome with passion Dean and Louise spend the night together - Louise - Leah Egan, Dean - Michael Sheehan
Overcome with passion Dean and Louise spend the night together - Louise - Leah Egan, Dean - Michael Sheehan

Leah Egan, who plays Louise Doyle in Fair City, said she loves playing such a "feisty" character.

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Louise has been caught up in a romantic storyline with Dean, played by Michael Sheehan, for the past few weeks - and Leah said it's a fun storyline to be involved in.

The pair finally got together earlier this week and fans will find out this Sunday if Louise stays in Carrigstown or follows her sister Yvonne to Barcelona.

"She's really feisty which I love, and she's not afraid to speak her mind, whereas in real life I tend to hold back a bit.

Leah Egan
Leah Egan

"It's great to get your claws out," she told the Herald.

"When you play these characters you become invested in their lives and I know there's part of me that's willing Louise to let her guard down and go for really excited to see what happens next.

"My mam rang me the other day and said she was screaming at the telly and wants to know what happens, but I can't tell her.

"It's all going to come to a climax over the next few days - and it's about time too," she added.

Louise and Dean had a passionate on-screen kiss, but Leah (26) said it's not awkward getting intimate with her co-star.

"I think your first kissing scene as an actor can feel a bit awkward, you're wondering how it's going to go, but it's just part of the job," she said.

"It's not awkward at all - Michael is great fun to work with so it was fun to shoot those scenes."

The Athlone native has been on the soap for the past 18 months, and while she's relocated to London, she gets recognised in Dublin all the time.

She said that people are constantly trying to give her advice on her character's love troubles on the soap, which she always likes to hear.

"It's mostly teenage girls and middle-aged women who come up to me," she said.

"Girls are normally looking for make-up advice and the middle-aged women are always giving me love advice, which is interesting in itself.

"They say things like, 'Stay away from that Dean fella, he's bad news'.

The long-running RTE soap has gone from strength to strength and has garnered a legion of loyal fans over the years.

Last Wednesday, it was the most-watched programme on Irish television, pulling in an average of 552,900 viewers.

This is more than some episodes of the Late Late Show or the Ray D'Arcy Show, proving it still has huge pulling power even after all these years.

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