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Wednesday 30 July 2014

'Amber' mum actress Eva Birthistle relieved she wasn't yet a mother when show aired

Denise Calnan

Published 20/03/2014|11:18

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Eva Birthistle as mum Sarah in Amber
Eva Birthistle with Levi O’Sullivan, who plays Eamon Bailey, in Amber
Eva Birthistle as Sarah
Eva Birthistle as Sarah

Actress Eva Birthistle, who played a missing teenager girl’s mother in the RTE drama ‘Amber’, said she was relieved she wasn’t a mother at the time of the show’s airing.

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The 40-year-old, who welcomed her first child since the programme aired, said she believed ‘Amber’ was difficult to watch.

“It was just so harrowing – if I had been [a mother], my performance might have been different, I don’t know,” she said.

“You could have drawn some different experiences from it, but I am sort of glad in a sense.

“I had to use other stuff to get into that emotional state, which was difficult enough as it was,” she added.

The conclusion of the four-part drama, in which teen Amber was never found nor any person suspected of her disappearance, caused a something of a sensation.

Eva said she thought the show had the potential to provoke, but didn’t anticipate the reaction it caused.

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Eva Birthistle and David Murray as Amber’s estranged parents Sarah and Ben Bailey

“I feel like it got people talking, which haven’t happened for a while with a drama,” she told Irish Tatler.

“It got a lot of attention and debate about it.

“I know a lot of people didn’t like the ending, but to have that amount of debate about it, I think, can only be a good thing,” she continued.

“It just means people cared, that they were invested.”

Read her full interview in Irish Tatler on sale now only €2.70

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