Irish actress Caitriona Balfe takes centre stage at Cannes
Published 13/05/2016 | 07:17
Caitriona Balfe has certainly come a long way from her days as a drama student at Dublin Institute of Technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.