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For Emily, the streets of 'Fair City' are paved with golden moments

Published 17/01/2007 | 00:11

While her peers are working part time jobs in local delis and petrol stations, 15 year-old Emily Donaghy is already following her dream.The Drumcliffe teenager appeared last week on RTE's "Fair City", starring in the current bullying story line involving the character of Mark Halpin played by Ryan O'Shaughnessy."Its great fun acting out the bullying scenes, deciding how t

By Maria Tracey

While her peers are working part time jobs in local delis and petrol stations, 15 year-old Emily Donaghy is already following her dream.

The Drumcliffe teenager appeared last week on RTE's "Fair City", starring in the current bullying story line involving the character of Mark Halpin played by Ryan O'Shaughnessy.

"Its great fun acting out the bullying scenes, deciding how to make it look good in the freezing weather in the gardens of RTE.," says Emily, who plays a confident schoolgirl, Roisin.

The acting bug bit the third year acting student seven years ago when she played

Annie in the Hawk's Well Theatre under the guidance of Mary McDonagh's Chapel Lane Studios. She has since performed in a number of other local productions.

However, despite her obvious acting skills, Emily said she remained tight lipped on her desire to perform, adding that it is a dream "that you really can't tell people".

"People just think it's one of those unrealistic jobs," she said.

Nevertheless, she researched the different agencies and enlisted in one in Dublin.

An from there, an audition was lined up for Emily for a role on "Fair City".

"There were around 180 people auditioning over four days, about 50 people a day," she explained.

"I went up for the experience, as I didn't think I'd get it since I didn't have a natural Dublin accent."

Emily added that after her audition, the producers gave nothing away, just stating before she left that "they would let me know and keep me on file".

"I honestly didn't think anything would come of it," she said.

However, a text message from her mother during a normal day at school was to change everything.

"The text said 'you got the part' and I just thought that she was winding me up.

"I really was shocked, I just could not believe it," she added.

The budding actress took up her role in the Dublin soap three weeks ago, and will see her involvement in this bullying story line run for another six weeks.

"There is a great buzz up there and everyone is so friendly," she said.

Last Tuesday was Emily's first airing on screen, and while she had planned to watch the show with her close friends, the 15 year-old decided that she needed the safe confines of home instead.

"I was just so nervous and scared," she said.

"I watched it but really didn't get excited until the credits came up at the end and I saw my name on national TV."

With her story line set to run even further with the introduction of another character, Roisin's sister in coming weeks, Emily hopes that she will still continue to find that perfect balance between school work and her new vocation.

"I'm missing two days during the week for filming with the permission from the school principal and Saturdays is rehearsal day," she said.

"And the teachers aren't allowing me to slack, when I come home from Dublin I have to ring my friends and to catch up on school work."

She added that her parents and agent have been "brilliant" during the whole experience, with her mother and father, Jackie and Eddie bringing her up and down to Dublin three days a week.

However, despite the admitted tiredness, weekly mileage and pursuing both her education and acting at the same time, Emily added that she wouldn't change a thing.



"It is a great feeling being in front of the camera and it has always been what I loved," she added.





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