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Sunday 20 April 2014

Pauline goes from tea lady to bag lady

ACTRESS Pauline McLynn will kick off 2013 by playing a homeless person, Jason Byrne's mother and a nun on screen.

The 'Father Ted' star, who played tea-loving housekeeper Mrs Doyle, is looking forward to taking on the role of Dublin stand-up Byrne's mother after he got the green light for his TV series, 'Father Figure', at the BBC.

It is the latest Irish sitcom to be picked up by the Beeb, and centres on bickering Irish and English in-laws.

McLynn said Byrne first pitched the idea to her at an airport and the pair joked about teaming up "like Laurel and Hardy".

"It's going to be really funny, I've no doubt. Jason loves visual comedy, like I do, so there'll be a lot of falling over and physical stuff on set," she said.

'Common Ground', previously titled 'Comedy Republic', is a series of 10 comedy shorts due to air next month on Sky.

McLynn plays a homeless person in episode three on January 21, when she will join a cast that includes Johnny Vegas, Brendan Coyle and Charles Dance.

She will also be filming for the big screen after the festive season is over.

McLynn is teaming up with her friend, Deirdre O'Kane, in a film written by the 'Moone Boy' star's screenwriter husband, Stephen Bradley.

"Deirdre will play Christina Noble and I'll be a nasty nun," she said.

Irish Independent

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