Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish actress Caitriona Balfe takes centre stage at Cannes

Sean O'Grady

Published 13/05/2016 | 07:17

Irish actress Caitriona Balfe posing during a photocall for the film
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe posing during a photocall for the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Actors Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, producer Jodie Foster, actors Jack O'Connell, George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Caitriona Balfe attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe poses on May 12, 2016 as she arrives for the screening of the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Caitriona Balfe attends the "Money Monster" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US director Jodie Foster (2ndL) poses on May 12, 2016 with US actress Julia Roberts (L), US actor George Clooney (2ndR) and Irish actress Caitriona Balfe during a photocall for the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

Caitriona Balfe has certainly come a long way from her days as a drama student at Dublin Institute of Technology.

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The Monaghan native has been making waves in America since landing the lead role of Claire Beauchamp Randall on TV series Outlander.

The 38-year-old has since hit the big time in the movie business with a role in thriller Money Monster opposite screen legends George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Balfe looked well and truly at home rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

US director Jodie Foster (2ndL) poses on May 12, 2016 with US actress Julia Roberts (L), US actor George Clooney (2ndR) and Irish actress Caitriona Balfe during a photocall for the film
US director Jodie Foster (2ndL) poses on May 12, 2016 with US actress Julia Roberts (L), US actor George Clooney (2ndR) and Irish actress Caitriona Balfe during a photocall for the film "Money Monster" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

The former top model posed alongside the two main stars of the flick and its A-list director Jodie Foster.

Dressed in a revealing white ruffled dress, the TV star was all smiles as she posed for the cameras and even cosied-up to lead actor Clooney as the two appeared to share a joke.

The film centres around financial TV personality Lee Gates (Clooney) who is held hostage by a disgruntled viewer who lost all his money following a bad tip from Lee during his show.

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Caitriona Balfe attends the "Money Monster" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Balfe stars as Diane Lester, the head of a PR company whose stock bottomed, causing the life savings of another character portrayed by actor Jack O'Connell to run out.

With the film set to screen in cinemas around the world following its French premiere, experts have predicted a bumper opening weekend at the box office.

Balfe got her big break as a teenager when she was spotted by a model scout while trying to raise money for charities in a shopping centre. The actress went on to grace the covers of some of the world's top fashion magazine's including Vogue and Elle.

Balfe gave up a full-time career as a model to make it big in Hollywood and moved to Los Angeles in 2009 where she starred in movies including Super 8 and Crush.

Actors Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, producer Jodie Foster, actors Jack O'Connell, George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the
Actors Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, producer Jodie Foster, actors Jack O'Connell, George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

With half of series two of Outlander aired, fans are eagerly anticipating a third series, although Starz have yet to renew it.

The show has proven very popular for the network with its costumes even inspiring Emmy nominations buzz.

Caitriona Balfe attends the
Caitriona Balfe attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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