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Star expecting new role to be a totally different ball game

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00

Amy Huberman is looking
forward to her TV role as
a mum-to-be while
husband Brian O'Driscoll
remains in New Zealand
Amy Huberman is looking forward to her TV role as a mum-to-be while husband Brian O'Driscoll remains in New Zealand
Brian O'Driscoll
Amy with co-stars, Emun Elliott and Stephen Wight

THIS may come as quite a shock to Brian O'Driscoll. While the Ireland rugby captain has been busy at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, his glamorous wife appears to have got herself in the family way.

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Even worse, Amy Huberman has moved into a London flat with two hunks.

However, there is no need for Brian to abandon his teammates just yet in a desperate attempt to save his marriage.

The scenario is the plot line of a new sitcom starring Amy (31), which begins on the Comedy Central channel next month.

It is hoped 'Threesome' will help turn the Irish actress into a major player in British comedy.

In the series, which starts at 10pm on Monday, October 17, Amy plays Alice, who lives with her boyfriend Mitch (Stephen Wight) and their gay best friend Richie (Emun Elliot).

However, the partying on the evening before Alice's 30th birthday gets a little out of hand between her and her two flatmates, and the upshot is an unplanned pregnancy.

There is plenty of confusion -- and jokes -- but in the end they decide to stick together and form a rather unconventional family unit.

"It has a very funny premise. It sees me living with my boyfriend and gay best friend and they live in this very strange domestic threesome situation, but it's really funny," Amy said

Amy's main acting role to date was Daisy O'Callaghan in the popular RTE series 'The Clinic', but the London sitcom isn't her first foray into comedy.

She appeared in the RTE sketch show 'Your Bad Self' and in Channel 4's 'Comedy Lab' as a number of characters.

However, this is a significant step up.

Amy believes it is important to mix her roles in order to challenge people's perceptions and avoid becoming typecast.

"Every actor wants to avoid getting pigeon-holed, and to get a chance to show their range," she tells the October edition of 'U Magazine'.

"I think if you're not going to challenge yourself that way, you're not an actor. That's a little scary, but I like that thrill of not being just what everyone thinks you should be."

But the role that Amy is best known for is as one half of Ireland's most popular young couple.

Their wedding last year was the biggest the country has seen since the Beckhams married here in 1999.

Since then -- as is almost traditional -- the bride has been regularly questioned on when a baby might be on the way.

Now Amy can give the answer -- it's next month, but it's not Brian's.

Irish Independent

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