Sunday 25 September 2016

Victoria Smurfit is 'delighted' with success in the US as she reprises role as Cruella de Vil

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 19/04/2016 | 07:32

Victoria Smurfit photographed for Weekend by Barry McCall
Victoria Smurfit photographed for Weekend by Barry McCall

She recently wrapped filming for the latest series of Once Upon A Time.

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But Dublin actress Victoria Smurfit was delighted to step back into her role as Cruella De Vil for a spin-off of the ABC drama.

The former Ballykissangel star has been enjoying television success in the US after landing the role and last week was busy filming a DVD special.

The Dubliner made her debut in the fairy-tale-inspired series in season 4, alongside The Little Mermaid's Ursula and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent.

Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in Once Upon A Time
Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in Once Upon A Time

"The writer, Jane Espenson, has written a two-hander with me and another actor," Victoria told the Diary.

"So that happened, even though we have wrapped on the show. It's a little extra bit, which will be fun. And what's next, I never know."

While Cruella was killed off last season, the popular fantasy series is known for bringing characters back from the dead.

Dating Despite her career flying across the water, Victoria said she is very open to coming home for work in the future.

Victoria Smurfit at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland
Victoria Smurfit at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland

"I would love to come home and do a job," she told the Diary.

The LA-based actress was back in the capital earlier this month to attend the IFTAs at The Mansion House.

The 40-year-old is loved-up with the new man in her life, filmmaker Alistair Ramsden, who she has been dating since last year.

The blonde beauty met her new beau on the set of Bait, a film which she produced.

They went public with their romance last October and regularly share loved-up snaps of each other on Instagram.

Victoria confirmed in February 2015 that she and husband of 15 years, Doug Baxter, had split up. The pair moved to LA in 2014 and have three children together.

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