Wednesday 26 July 2017

Lottie Ryan: My family has always been incredibly theatrical

Lottie Ryan at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin
Lottie Ryan at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin
Joanna Kiernan

Joanna Kiernan

RTE 2fm's Lottie Ryan tells Joanna Kiernan about her life, her hectic work schedule and her greatest inspiration - her radio legend father Gerry.

Lottie admits that as the eldest of the five Ryan siblings she is intensely protective of her family, but she is also very proud of each and every one.

Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin
Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin

It is, she agrees with a giggle, a very theatrical and motivated household, with younger brother Rex currently working on his acting career and sister Bonnie carving out a music career.

"It actually goes much further back than people realise," Lottie says. "Everybody attributes it to my dad because obviously he was the most well known, but actually my dad's mother's family, the Burkes, were an incredibly theatrical family.

FAMILY TIES: (from left) Lottie, Morah and Bonnie Ryan
FAMILY TIES: (from left) Lottie, Morah and Bonnie Ryan
Lottie Ryan at the opening night of Elf the Musica at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre

"They ran the Olympia Theatre and the costume shop that was above it and they were involved in all of the stage productions. So that's really where it started; we are all just a bunch of show-offs!" she says, laughing.

Lottie herself has trained at New York's Broadway Dance Centre and she is open to travelling again in the future.

Lottie, Bonnie and Babs Ryan at the Marks & Spencer launch of the Marie Keating Foundation's Breast Cancer Awareness Month-photo Kieran Harnett
Lottie, Bonnie and Babs Ryan at the Marks & Spencer launch of the Marie Keating Foundation's Breast Cancer Awareness Month-photo Kieran Harnett

"I love Ireland but I am pretty young, I'm only in my 20s so I would love to travel if the opportunity presented itself, but as of right now it's not on my radar, right now I am really happy where I am," she says.

So what are the most important elements in life for Lottie right now?

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"That's a big question," she says, pausing to ponder it for a moment.

"Family time is definitely important to me, and doing things that make you laugh," she says.

"Life is so short, you have to be able to laugh."

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