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Friday 19 September 2014

Eilin in a new film by Emmy winning director

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

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Eilin O’Dea

A KANTURK actress who has tread the boards to great acclaim is now starring in a film which was written and directed by the Emmy awarding winning actor John Shea.

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Eilin O'Dea spent one month filming on Nantucket Island in the US on the film, 'Grey Lady'. The movie is about a Boston-based homicide detective named Doyle, who is played by Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane. He goes to Nantucket Island after his partner is murdered.

Eilin plays the role of Clara Burke, an Irish artist living on Nantucket Island who is best friends with Melissa, who is played by Natalie Zea.

There is a "love interest" between Doyle and Melissa.

However, Melissa is targeted by killers seeking vengeance on Doyle.

O'Dea's work has primarily been in theatre and in particular with her one-woman performance of 'Molly Bloom.'

The award winning actor John Shea, who is best known for his role as the evil Lex Luthor in the early 1990s 'Lois & Clark : The new adventures of Superman', had watched her performance of Molly Bloom and in turn asked her to perform it on Nantucket Island in 2012 as part of St Patrick's Weekend festivities.

In addition, O'Shea's film, 'Southie', which he directed, was also shown that weekend.

Eilin said O'Shea had told her he wrote the role of Clara Burke with her in mind to play it.

Eilin also returned to her old stomping ground of Kanturk three years ago and performed 'Molly Bloom' as part of the town's arts festival, and her performance became one of the highlights of the festival. 'Molly Bloom' was quite a demanding solo 90 minute soliloquy of her interpretation of Joyce's masterpiece.

Eilin has now secured her artist's visa for the US and hopes to secure more theatre work there.

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