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Soap star gets grief for on screen affair

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 01/04/2014 | 07:54

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Clelia Murphy
Clelia Murphy
Clelia Murphy plays Niamh who is having an affair in the show
Clelia Murphy plays Niamh who is having an affair in the show

HER on-screen husband is the Fair City lothario everyone loves to hate, but her character got her own revenge recently.

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But Dublin actress Clelia Murphy, who portrays businesswoman Niamh on the soap, said that far from being congratulated for stepping out of her cheating husband's shadow, she has been reprimanded for having her own fun.

The Carrigstown couple are back on track after a dramatic storyline that saw them driven apart by lies, leading Niamh to have a one-night stand with a younger man (inset). “Nobody has given out to me for going back to Paul,” Murphy told the Herald.

“But I have got in trouble a bit for doing the bold thing. I can't apologise for that, it’s too late now.”

Fans saw Murphy in a different light last month when Niamh, fed up with Paul's lies and cheating, threw him out of the family home and quickly found solace in the arms of another man.

For once Paul was innocent after being drugged and manipulated by evil Jane who made it look like the pair had slept together and then passed the evidence on to Niamh.

The couple have since been reunited after Jane's schemes were revealed, but Murphy said that the storyline is far from over for the couple.

“I think there’s a big shift happening with Niamh,” she said. “She’s rediscovering herself in the confines of her relationship and her marriage, so I think the writers are doing a super job.

“I am reading it like a novel. It's really exciting, so I am delighted with myself.”

The actress said she found the separation and cheating scenes very emotional, but her co-star Tony Tormey helped to cheer her up after filming.

“You do all the crying and then you have to find a way of making yourself laugh after it,” she said.

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